The December 2020 issue of FlyPast features a close-up air-to-air view of North American TF-51D Mustang ‘Contrary Mary’, shot by Darren Harbar during a photo sortie with Sywell-based Ultimate Warbirds. The art of air-to-air photography is a very skill specific pursuit, and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Darren, an acclaimed lensman with a vast variety of experience, has been shooting covers for FlyPast for many years. In our exclusive feature he reflects on his extraordinary career to date, and shares some of his images along with a few ‘trade secrets’.
FLYPAST CLASSICS – ARADO AR 234
The Arado Ar 234 was one of several innovative designs produced by Germany in the last years of World War Two. The twin-engined craft was the world’s first operational jet-powered bomber and proved difficult to intercept. Malcolm V Lowe documents this distinctive creation and Andy Hay provides exclusive artwork profiles.
IMPERIAL AIRWAYS FLAGSHIP
Ken Ellis reflects on how the distinctive Handley Page HP.42 came to be the Concorde of its day.
THE BAT JET
Tony Buttler delves into the story of de Havilland’s radical DH.108 – including tragic deaths, famous names and new records.
AERO LEGENDS AIRSHOW
There haven’t been too many airshows this year due to the pandemic. We take in the sights and sounds at Aero Legends’ weather-stricken but spectacular Battle of Britain Airshow in Kent.
Jeff Huston reveals how the 5,000th B-17 to leave Boeing’s factory came to be signed by the men and women who built her.