Inside the Issues
22 September 2010
A special preview feature from Aviation Classics - Which was the best fighter in the Battle of Britain? Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE RAF Ret'd uses his first-hand experience as an RAF fighter pilot and former Officer Commanding Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to argue a debate that has gone on for 70 years!
30 July 2010.
Going supersonic... Dawn of the Lightning... A Pilot's perspective... Thoroughbred Fighter Station... Lightning weapons system... Lightning F3 cockpit... The 'Hole on the Wall'... 'Bee' - test pilot of the ultimate British fighter... Lightning F6 in detail... 'Gas guzzlers'... Binbrook - the Lightning years... Fighting the Lightning...
29 July 2010.
It was a balmy autumnal morning at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire on
17 October 1984. That was the date of my passing out parade from basic recruit training in the Royal Air Force, and while we were promised the customary flypast, you weren’t told what aircraft it would be carried out by. I was hoping for something ‘tasty’.
28 July 2010.
A special preview feature from Aviation Classics - English Electric Lightning - Sqn Ldr Clive Rowley MBE RAF Ret’d recalls in present tense an incident in Lightning F2A XN789 where hours spent training in the simulator paid off.
27 July 2010.
The story behind a famous photograph of an ejection from a Lightning. - The photograph opposite was taken by Jim Meads on 13 September 1962. It was published in newspapers all around the world at the time and, as it was so widely seen, it naturally caught the attention of manufacturer Martin-Baker.
28 May 2010.
Founding the Royal Flying Corps... ‘Day One’ of the RAF... ‘King of the Air Fighters’... Sopwith Camel cockpit... Sopwith works... The Camels that came over water... London’s first ‘Blitz’... The ‘Red Baron’... Albatros D.Va sepia photograph... America’s ‘Ace of Aces’... Flying with Daedalus... First to France... Nottingham’s aerial warrior...
27 May 2010.
Called the ‘Great War’, it was a name which described the extensive destruction and impact it left on the world. Highlighting the mass carnage of World War One, when the Battle of the Somme began at 07:30 on 1 July 1916 – following a brief and eerie silence as tens of thousands of men considered their fate in the next few minutes – whistles blew and the first British and French infantrymen left their muddy trenches to meet a deadly hail of machine-gun fire.
26 May 2010.
A special preview feature from Aviation Classics - Knight of the Sky - Jarrod Cotter gives an overview of the famous Sopwith Camel, in which pilots shot down more enemy aircraft than any other Allied type during World War One.
25 May 2010.
Albatros D.Va reproduction World War One aircraft. In 1916 most German aircraft manufacturers were directed to look at what made the Allied Nieuport fighters so effective, and to incorporate those elements into their new aircraft designs.
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