The November issue of FlyPast features the Westland Lysander on its cover. Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with this fascinating machine, based with the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, and talks to pilot ‘Dodge’ Bailey about how the distinctive aircraft were used to fly dangerous, clandestine missions at night during World War Two. Shuttleworth’s Lysander is painted as a tribute to all who took part in these remarkable operations over occupied Europe.
This issue features a special section dedicated to another hero of World War Two, the Hawker Hurricane. Gordon Riley lists all Hurricanes currently airworthy as we celebrate the legacy of this famous British fighter.
Our Spotlight section focuses on a classic Cold War jet, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15. The swept wing fighters were a potent force in the Korean War. Historians from Russia analyse the machine, presenting their own perspective on its role and efficiency.
The subject of the US version of our cover – and included in all versions as a seven-page feature – is the only currently airworthy Douglas A-20G Havoc. Richard VanderMeulen photographs this immaculate warbird and tells its story.
In another air-to-air exclusive, Jake Peterson flies alongside the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s award-winning Grumman Avenger.
Roger Soupart goes behind the scenes at the China Aviation Museum – and makes some remarkable finds.
Also in this issue, Steve Grivno recounts the tale of a Consolidated Privateer crew in the Far East, in the first of a two-part special. Editor Chris Gilson talks to RAF veteran Noel Dunningham about his extraordinary career, in which he flew everything from Tiger Moths to Victors, while Ken Ellis visits Newark Air Museum to see the latest progress on its Avro Shackleton restoration. We also celebrate the return of a Hawker Sea Fury to British skies.