Britain’s Schneider Racers Page 32
The Timeless Texan
The “Flying Tank” flies again Page 53
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All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth 26 AIRCREW
42 READERS’ ALBUM
A selection of pictures of civil aircraft taken in the summers of 1958 and 1959 at Coolidge Field, Antigua, by Mr Williams
James Kightly looks at the role of the air gunners on board a Short Sunderland, whose “aim was not to please”. Illustration by Ian Bott 30 HOOKS’ TOURS
This month’s selection of Mike Hooks’s photographs features Russian airliners of Tupolev designs, taken between 1956 and 1970 40 FROM THE ARCHIVES
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62 Q&A, LOST & FOUND
Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks, while Philip Jarrett asks for the date and location of pictures of a Second World War German aircraft dump
A selection of readers’ letters 84 EVENTS
UK event listings through to spring 2012 85 FLYING VISIT
Melvyn Hiscock talks to John Hutchinson, former Concorde captain and RAF pilot, about his flying career 86 BOOK REVIEWS 88 GIFTS 97 SERVICES AND NEXT
MONTH IN AEROPLANE 98 HAIRY MOMENT
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MAIN PIC: Samuel Franklin Cowdery, widely known as “Colonel Cody”, aloft in his Circuit of Britain biplane at Hendon. Wilfred Parke was the first pilot Cody allowed to fly his aircraft and their friendship even withstood a crash of this aircraft on December 8, 1911. See page 90 for the story of one of Britain’s pioneer test pilots.