❝The whole Vickers Vimy story epitomises the great themes of historic aviation: technical brilliance, bravery, romance, victory over adversity . . .
OF ALL THE historic aircraft projects I have encountered during 26 years working on Aeroplane, Vickers Vimy replica NX71MY and its exploits is, for me, Number One. This month’s issue, then, with its celebration of the 90th anniversary of Alcock and Brown’s pioneering transatlantic Vimy fl ight, has special signifi cance.
What is it about the Vimy that appeals so much? In my case, my rides in NX71MY around the Pyramids and up the River Nile in Egypt almost ten years ago (Ten! Where has the time gone?) have something to do with it. Also the unforgettable moment in July 2005 when, standing with other eager spectators on Ballyconneely golfcourse near Clifden in Ireland, I fi rst spotted the replica as it neared the end of its amazing re-enactment of Alcock and Brown’s 1919 fl ight across 1,890 miles of unforgiving ocean.
Because it encapsulates human endeavour, a Vimy can fi re you up even in the comfort of your armchair or sofa — which is where I hope you will enjoy this issue, with its Vimy Database and Aircrew features in addition to our usual wide-ranging coverage of aviation history and preservation.
Michael Oakey – EDITOR PS — Please take the time to complete and return our Reader Survey in the centre pages of this issue. I welcome your feedback and opinions, which help me and my crew to make Aeroplane unmissable every month.
How a bomber became a trailblazer We’ve told you about replica NX71MY’s adventures over the years — now the Vickers Vimy and its descendants get the full historic Database treatment.
A day in the life . . . Find out exactly what was involved in fl ying a long-distance Spitfi re photo-reconnaissance sortie during the darkest days of World War Two.
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Vimy replica NX71MY soon after completing its transatlantic re-enactment fl ight in 2005. M
Fearful asymmetry Many of us recall the Blohm und Voss Bv 141 as the oddest Airfi x kit ever. Indeed, the real aircraft looked as if it was put together all wrong . . .
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