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Classic Wings Edition · Volume 27

Issue 125 ( #2 )

Classic Wings Issue #125
  • Our Last Mystery Aircraft was a...LWF Model V Tractor
  • Airshow – Classic Fighters 2023
  • In this issue we feature the rebirth of one of the world’s best known fighter aircraft, Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf109. This particular aircraft was one of the earliest wreck recoveries to come out of the former Soviet Union, but has had to endure one of the longest waits to be rebuilt. Here we follow the fighter’s ups and downs which finally saw it fly again in 2022, almost 80 years after it last stalked the enemy in hostile skies. The difficulties in bringing the aircraft back to airworthy condition are described in detail, whilst the stunning air to air photography is complemented by recovery and rebuild photos. Fighters from an earlier era feature in the last of our series on the Great War SPADS. Following a look at Europe’s surviving machines in our previous issue we now focus on the single example in NZ and those that remain in the USA. At the other end of the familiarity spectrum, our Mystery Aircraft is the not so well known LWF Model V, a US built trainer that saw its only military action in far way Russia in what was a vain attempt to stop that nations descent into Communism.:: More about this issue »

    Issue 124 ( #1 )

    Classic Wings Issue #124
  • Our Mystery Aircraft was a ....BLACKBURN RIPON
  • Airshows: Wings over Illawarra, Australia.
  • This issue sees an extended news section with a good number of exciting announcements and several first flights being made over the past few months. Major features focus on the Anson, which, Bill Reid’s magnificent machine aside, are making somewhat of a comeback Downunder with more resourced being expended on the type both at a national level and by the numerous teams of volunteers at local museums spread across both NZ and OZ. Of a similar era but still clinging to the biplane doctrine is the Blackburn Ripon, for its day adequate enough in its intended role of fleet torpedo bomber. Sadly only one of these big biplanes has survived, in less than ideal condition. Our regular survivor features continue with a look at the impressive Great War SPAD fighters, a number of European examples having impressive combat histories. The venerable Pilot Maker is still as popular as ever, with a number of T-6 / Harvard restorations underway either side of the Tasman. We check in on progress as a return to the air is within sight of some, but a way off for others.:: More about this issue »

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