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Classic Wings Edition · Volume 17

Issue 78 ( #5 )

Classic Wings Issue #78
  • Return to Thunder Alley
  • The Coolest Corsair'
  • Killer Komet!
  • 'Fifi' Flies / B-29 Survivors
  • Lost Avian to Return
  • De Havilland D.H. 93 Don
  • Airshows
  • We have many restorations this issue; three rare Republic P-47D Thunderbolts in Sydney, an F4U-1 Corsair from Lake Michigan, a rocket-powered Messerschmitt Me 163 “Komet” interceptor and an Avian VH-UVR whose wreckage joins another Avian being restored in Brisbane. We also report on the final test flight of the world’s only flyable B-29 Superfortress. Rounding out this issue our mystery aircraft is the D.H. 93 Don, an obscure aircraft plagued by performance inadequacies. Airshows include NZ Warbirds – Ardmore Open Day.

    Issue 77 ( #4 )

    Classic Wings Issue #77
  • The Beast from the Deep
  • Classic Returns - The Stinson 'O'
  • Mystery Aircraft - Fairchild F22
  • D.H. 85 Leopard Moth - Classic de Havilland designs series
  • Gerber Facility - Dreams in Store
  • Airshows
  • We look at the restoration of a Navy SB2C Helldiver recovered during a fishing trip and the return to the skies of an ‘extinct’ Stinsen Model ‘O’ by Evergreen Aviation Services. Our mystery aircraft is the delightful Fairchild F22 which forged a solid foundation for the Fairchild Company. Our editor then looks at Leopard Moths Downunder, featuring the de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth of 1933, and delving into their history, development and the survivors. Our final article on the National Air & Space Museum’s Garber Facility looks at storage and display options for these historic aircraft, with a focus on restorations and the future. Airshow spotlights include Oshkosh, Reno and Lightning Gathering in the USA and Wattsbridge/Williamtown in Australia.

    Issue 76 ( #3 )

    Classic Wings Issue #76
  • Fire in the Sky!
  • The Raising of Gelbe 3
  • DH 83 Fox Moth - Classic de Havilland designs series
  • Garber Facility - Dreams in Store (Part 2)
  • Airshows
  • We look at the life and times of Royal Canadian Navy Supermarine Seafire XV, PR 503, from front line naval fighter through derelict project and subsequent long road to airworthy. The Raising of Gelbe 3 traces the path of a Messerschmitt‘ ditched’ off the Norwegian coast, with Birger Larsen describing the recovery process. Classic de Havilland designs must include the DH 83 Fox Moth, an aircraft so good at its job it was put back into production after WW-II had ended. Finishing with the second of our three part article, Scott Wiley looks at aircraft displays and associated procedures at the National Air & Space Museums’s Garber Facility. Air shows include Planes of Fame in the USA and the Tisted Fly-In in England.

    Issue 75 ( #2 )

    Classic Wings Issue #75
  • Pioneer Aero Restorations
  • DH 89 Dragon Rapide
  • The Saga of a Canadian Cornell
  • C.A.C's Piston Engined Fighters
  • Gerber Facility - Dreams in Store Part 1
  • Air Shows
  • Pioneer’s decade of restoration is highlighted this issue. We continue with a restored DH-89 Dragon Rapide that first flew in 1934, then explore the saga of a Canadian Cornell CF-CVF now resident in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. We then look at the Australian-built Wirraway, Boomerang and Mustang which got together for a unique photo opportunity. Completing this issue, we visit the ‘Garber’ work at the National Air and Space Museum. Airshows include Point Cook and Warbirds Over Wanaka.

    Issue 74 ( #1 )

    Classic Wings Issue #74
  • Arctic Hunter Returns
  • Swallow into the Storm
  • Return of the Quirko
  • Dornier Do 24
  • Air Shows
  • Boris Osyathinskiy describes his –20C flight with pilot Vladimir Barsuk in the Avia Restoration MiG-3. We complete our look at the Messerschmitt Me 262, delve into the renaissance in New Zealand of the lovely original BE 2f and a reproduction Be 2c and check out the Dornier Do 24 flying boat. A great round-up of flying history finishing with airshow reports from the 75th anniversary of New Zealand’s first airline and the Great Eastern Fly In, NSW, Australia.

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