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Classic Wings Edition · Volume 23

Issue 105 ( #2 )

Classic Wings Issue #105
  • SECOND SHTURMOVIK FLIES
  • POTEZ POTENTIAL
  • OPERATION BERLIN EXPRESS
  • HIGH ROAD TO CHINO
  • CURTISS FIGHTERS DOWNUNDER
  • MYSTERY AEROPLANE - SAAB B 18
  • AIRSHOWS
  • Some epic tales in this issue, requiring persistence and determination to accomplish. A team from Omaka, NZ headed to the warbird Mecca which is Chino and spent some gruelling days extricating no fewer than five full size Bristol Fighter replicas from their prison of three decades. Much sleuthing had gone into finding the location of these machines which had been built for the silver screen and the reward will be witnessing them return to the air, one example having already been engine run! Flying a single engine aircraft across the top of the world isnít for the faint hearted and involves meticulous planning. Pilot Lee Lauderback braved the five day journey in a Mustang from the US to the UK and here he relates just what was required to pull this off, scary to think that such flights were common place and flown by greenhorn crews with rudimentary navigational equipment during WWII. Another iconic American fighter is spotlighted in this issue, the Curtiss has always been a favourite Downunder and a lot is happening with the type in this part of the world, much of it under the radar, until now! One type which isnít well known is the French Potez 630 series. That is addressed in an article which tells of a Frenchmanís passion to bring one of these long extinct aircraft back to life. We also cover another rarity which has also recently returned to the skies, only the second example to do so. Ironically it was the most produced combat aircraft of WWII - the IL-2 Shturmovik. Plenty of exciting news within this issue as well- particularly for those who are fans of deHavillandís twins!:: More about this issue »

    Issue 104 ( #1 )

    Classic Wings Issue #104
  • AIR FIGHTER ACADEMY
  • YEALAND'S CLASSIC FIGHTERS - EASTER 2017
  • THE YAKS DOWNUNDER
  • EMIL EXAMINATION
  • MYSTERY AIRCRAFT
  • A packed news section means there is a healthy amount of vintage and warbird activity happening presently! Our own Classic Fighters air show is covered, there is little on narrative because the images tell the story far more eloquently Ė the three Spits head on over a stunning Marlborough landscape says it all! Since one of the headline acts of the event was the very quick and very stylish Yak racer ĎSteadfastí we have dedicated some pages describing its pedigree, before taking a closer look at its V-12 powered sisters which continue to prove their worth as an affordable step into the past. The past of another iconic fighter comes in for some forensic examination as well; we take a look at efforts to discover what lurks under the current paint scheme of the Deutches Museumís Bf109E, which served with the famed Legion Condor in Spain. Of course we canít forget about its younger and more potent siblings either! Staying in Germany, we get the low down on a very interesting collection which is going through some changes, a process which means its diversity will see it attract more and more attention as time passes. Finally we turn our attention to one of the Soviet Unionís lesser known bombers, the Ilyushin DB-3/ IL-4. We take the Ďmysteryí out of this type with a comprehensive overview of its history, combat operations and then reveal the few survivors.:: More about this issue »


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