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Classic Wings Edition · Volume 25

Issue 115 ( #2 )

Classic Wings Issue #115
  • AVRO 504 PT.2
  • Our Last Mystery Aircraft was a ...ALBATROS L 101
  • Airshow Tyabb, Australia
  • In this issue we have some exciting news items, including a long awaited update on a major wreck recovery. Feature articles focus on the lovely Avro 504 and its influence worldwide post-war. A reasonably healthy number of original examples survive and we detail the histories of these machines. In NZ, a rare example of the modified Tiger has recently returned to the sky, bedecked in a colour scheme which is sure to turn heads. An even rarer type from the same era is our mystery machine, the Albatros L.101, which despite some concerning attributes when first flown, went on to carry out its duties in servicing the needs of a rapidly expanding pre war Luftwaffe. The heavy metal is represented by the recovery and restoration of a Soviet stalwart, the rugged ground attack Il-2 Shturmovik. The polar opposite is the nimble and elegant Spitfire, and here we feature one of the finest to fly in a number of years. The Brisbane based Spitfire XVI is now available for viewing, both in Classic Wings - and in person!:: More about this issue »

    Issue 114 ( #1 )

    Classic Wings Issue #114
  • AVRO 504
  • Our Last Mystery Aircraft was a... EKW C-35
  • In this issue we cover aviation from the Great War, the Golden Age and WWII, focusing on some icons of these eras and one which isnít so well known. Avroís multipurpose 504 is one of two major features, this first of two instalments concentrates on its short combat career and its major role as a trainer. The lovely de Havilland Comet is the other, looking at its stardom which followed its long distance racing and record setting as it changed the face of aircraft design in the 1930s. There are a couple of WWII types which contrast markedly Ė the iconic Junkers Ju 52 and the obscure EKW C-35. The former has an interesting history and is flying happily in France today, although needing much TLC - as any lady of advanced age expects! The latter, one of the last of the military biplanes, spent most of its career keeping a watch on neutral borders. Beijing has unveiled a spectacular new exhibition so we visit that and finally there was a rather good air show which took place at Edinburgh Australia. Despite being low key it displayed some wonderful aircraft and drew a large crowd.:: More about this issue »

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