Inside the Issues
9 February 2011
Rolling Thunder... Shaping the bombers... The Boeing XB-15... In the beginning... The Boeing B-17 ‘Fortress’ in RAF service... Thorpe Abbotts – Memorial to the many... 52 Inside the B-17... Maintaining an aluminium mountain... The longest mission...100 Air Refuelling Wing... KG200... Project Aphrodite... PB-1s – The Navy and Coast Guard... Postwar workhorses...
8 February 2011.
Rolling Thunder - Welcome to my first issue of Aviation Classics as editor. Firstly, I would like to record my thanks to Jarrod Cotter for his work in creating and editing this superb magazine, he is a remarkable man and a great aviation historian. He is also a good friend. Jarrod has moved on to take over the reins at Aeroplane and everyone on Aviation Classics wishes him the very best of luck with his new endeavour. Cheers, buddy.
6 February 2011.
The last mass produced version of the B-17 Flying Fortress was produced in more numbers than all the other versions put together. Of the 12,731 B-17s built, two thirds of them, 8760 were B-17Gs. The vulnerabilities of earlier models had been dealt with and the true thoroughbred had arrived.
26 November 2010.
Delta delight!.. Vulcan – the Roman god of fire and destruction!.. Delta Design... Delta Aerodynamics... Virtues of the Avro Vulcan... The ‘Baby Vulcans’... The True Delta Ladies... Fifty years of ’558... Vulcan display... Skybolt... From wood and fabric to the V-bomber... RAF Scampton – The Vulcan Years... Delta over the Ocean... Inside the Vulcan... XM594 delivery diary...
25 November 2010.
When the prototype Vulcan VX770 first appeared at Farnborough in 1952, it rightly stole the show! A four-engined Delta-winged jet bomber, it represented a massive leap in technology over its famous Lancaster predecessor which had been a war-winning aircraft only seven years earlier – the Vulcan could fly more than twice as fast, more than twice as high and more than twice as far.
24 September 2010.
The letter that changed the course of history... The Battle of Britain... Spitfire or Hurricane – which was the best fighter in the Battle of Britain?... RAF Bentley Priory - HQ Fighter Command... Kent's place of pilgrimage... London's monument... Corpo Aereo Italiano... Battle of Britain spirit flies on in the RAF... Across the Channel... Messerschmitt Bf 109E cockpit... 'Defender of London' 1940...
23 September 2010.
It was with some humility that I chose the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain as the subject for this issue of Aviation Classics. As I witnessed several occasions marking the event, it struck me how much widespread national respect there still is for those who fought that crucial aerial battle.
Current Issue: Northrop F-5
In this issue of Aviation Classics we move forward into the 1960s with an iconic Cold War jet fighter that was to become one of the most successful and widely used aircraft of the period. The design began as the N-156 of 1959, a privately funded single seat light fighter concept from Northrop, and developed over the next 20 years into a variety of roles, serving with 36 air forces worldwide.
• Next issue on sale: 31st May 2013