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Issue 10 - de Havilland Mosquito: Contents

Issue 10 - de Havilland Mosquito: Contents

25 May 2011

The ‘Wooden Wonder’ was without doubt one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the Second World War. In this issue we examine all of the variants of this much modified machine and place the reader in the cockpit. From anti-shipping strikes in the fjords of Norway to the jungle heat of the Far East, we tell the whole story of this elegant machine and the men who flew her.

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Issue 10 - de Havilland Mosquito: Editor's introduction

25 May 2011.

Legend understood - Just so you know, and I make no excuses for this, I have found that this is the hardest page to write in the whole magazine. Summing up an entire edition in a few paragraphs, particularly when you are dealing with such a large subject as this, is difficult without leaving out something important, making it sound glib, or worse still, trite. Consequently, when it came to the Mosquito, information was not the problem. The problem was trying to understand the true nature of a legend, and express it clearly.

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Issue 10 - de Havilland Mosquito: Mosquito Prototypes and Testing

25 May 2011.

In September 1939 a team led by chief designer Eric Bishop set up shop in Salisbury Hall, a 17th century manor house near de Havilland’s Hatfield factory. By coincidence, it was no stranger to designers of streamlined high-speed machinery, having previously been home to Sir Nigel Gresley, creator of the LNER’s A4 class locomotives, of which Mallard was – and is – a record-holding example.

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Issue 10 - de Havilland Mosquito: 10,000 Cookies! The Light Night Striking Force

25 May 2011.

The Mosquito Squadrons of 8 Group, the Pathfinders of Bomber Command, undertook many roles, from developing accurate navigation and bombing systems and flying bomber support sorties. They also flew diversionary raids to the Main Force, becoming known as the Light Night Striking Force. Martyn Chorlton details the history.

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Issue 9 - North American F-86 Sabre: Contents

24 March 2011.

• The complete history of the famous Korean war swept wing jet fighter

Exclusive - Adam Tooby full page artwork
Never before published archive photographs

Plus... Swept wing technology... The XP-86, F-86A and P-86B... Over the Yalu... Sharkmouth Sabres...  Flying (and ejecting from) the aircraft... Oddities... & lots more...

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Issue 9 - North American F-86 Sabre: Editors Introduction

24 March 2011.

Friends - As I began my second issue as editor, I found myself dealing with an aircraft I thought I knew well, the F-86 Sabre. As time went on however, more and more came to light that I was unsure of or found questionable despite the oft-documented history of the type. This is where I really began to understand the power of friends.

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Issue 9 - North American F-86 Sabre: Jock Maitland - RAF Sabre pilot

24 March 2011.

In more recent years, Jock Maitland has been better known as the originator of the Biggin Hill Air Fair, but as a young RAF officer he saw action in various places, including the Korean War. François Prins has the story.

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Issue 9 - North American F-86 Sabre: Swept wing technology

24 March 2011.

It was mainly German aeronautical engineers who pioneered the swept wing for aircraft, says François Prins.

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Issue 8 - Boeing B-17: Contents

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...

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Issue 8 - Boeing B-17: Editors Introduction

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.

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