In the brand new January-dated issue of FlyPast, we go flying with a newly airworthy reproduction of a Great War-era Albatros D.Va. This eye-catching and beautifully painted machine is now resident in the UK and will be flying in British skies for the foreseeable future, before it eventually becomes a museum exhibit in Germany. We tell this extraordinary aircraft’s story and FlyPast photographer Darren Harbar captures exclusive air-to-air images as the rare biplane returns to its natural environment.
SPITFIRE VS MACCHI
Donald Nijboer describes how the Spitfire Mk.V clashed with Macchi’s C.202 Folgore for supremacy over Malta in 1942.
Rolf Stibbe relays the story of former South Vietnamese Air Force jet pilot Major Trinh Tranh Chau and his astonishing escape from approaching communist forces.
FLYPAST CLASSICS – ILYUSHIN IL-28 BEAGLE
In the second instalment of our new series, Guy Martin assesses the world’s first successful jet bomber, the venerable Il-28 – with exclusive artwork by Andy Hay.
VULCAN DOWN UNDER
Former Vulcan navigator Jack Talliss describes how his crew delivered the RAF’s first complete Blue Steel nuclear missile to Australia.
Chris Goss completes the story of the Luftwaffe’s remarkable night-fighter ace Helmut Lent.
We also visit the rapidly expanding South Wales Aviation Museum, which includes some rarely seen jets, including a ‘raspberry ripple’ Tornado and Phantom ‘Black Mike’. On the other side of the Atlantic, Mike Tate describes the epic endeavours surrounding John Norman’s Spirit of St. Louis reproduction, and we report on the latest progress with a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 restoration. Closer to home we reveal news of a new opportunity to fly alongside Aerial Collective’s unique Bristol Blenheim and celebrate the successful installation of B-17 Sally B’s new engine. Here’s to 2020’s flying season!