The Aviation Historian

Issue 19: out now

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Duncan SandysBooo! Hiss! Duncan Sandys and his evil 1957 White Paper: we re-evaluate it

Lockheed SR-71Mach 3 masterpiece: we look at the UK deployment of the Lockheed SR-71

Sikorsky S-43Transatlantic Viking pioneers? Norway’s 1930s attempt to open an ocean route

SC 116 Zellendusche - cannonsOptically-triggered upward-firing anti- bomber cannon? Only the Luftwaffe!

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Look inside the current issue of TAH

For a glimpse of what’s in Issue No 19 of The Aviation Historian, click on the images below to view larger versions of our tasters featuring just ten of its 132 pages.

In the current issue:

Spread – The Jolly Rogers’ Cape York Catastrophe

Spread – Further Out on a Lympne

Spread – The Pacific Express

Spread – Pole Position

Spread - Monsieur Moineau’s Monstrosity

Kill or Cure? The View from Whitehall
Exactly 60 years after the publication of Duncan Sandys’ infamous 1957 Defence White Paper, Professor Keith Hayward FRAeS examines the document’s political fallout

The Jolly Rogers’ Cape York Catastrophe
Consolidated B-24 specialist Bob Livingstone describes the disastrous debut of the USAAF’s 90th Bombardment Group in the South-west Pacific theatre in late 1942

Further Out on a Lympne
In the second part of his series on flying for Skyways Coach-Air in the 1960s, Brian Turpin puts us in the cockpit of the thoroughly modern Avro/Hawker Siddeley 748 — a very different proposition from the DC-3 he was used to

Giant Reach: The Blackbird in East Anglia
The extraordinary shape of the Lockheed SR-71 was a regular sight in the skies over Suffolk during 1974–90; Bob Archer traces the history of the Mildenhall-based Det 4

An Eye for Detail: Nine’s Lives
Juanita Franzi continues her series on notable airframes and their markings with the story of Australian aviation pioneer “Horrie” Miller and his hardworking Airco D.H.9

The Pacific Express
With the war in Europe all but wrapped up by the Allies by late 1944, the Fleet Air Arm needed aircraft in the Pacific — and fast. Ray Flude details the establishment of a joint RAF/FAA air ferry route from the UK to the Far East in 1945

The Hornet Dilemma
In 1931 the sole Hawker Hornet took part in a highly successful sales tour of Yugoslavia — except it didn’t. Philip Jarrett investigates what really happened to the prototype of the supremely elegant Fury biplane fighter

Blue On Blue
Latin American aviation historian Santiago Rivas relates how the Gloster Meteors of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina played a big part — on both sides — in the ultimately successful series of anti-Perónist coups in 1955

Pole Position
In the mid-1930s Norwegian airline DNL had high hopes of being one of the first air carriers to establish a route across the North Atlantic; Rob Mulder reveals how Pan American ultimately thwarted DNL’s transatlantic dream

Defending The Reich: Part 3
Luftwaffe specialist Robert Forsyth concludes his three-part series on the wartime exploits of experimental weapons unit E.Kdo 25 with a look at the SG 116 Zellendusche upward-firing optically-triggered cannon

Monsieur Moineau’s Monstrosity
Alain J. Pelletier chronicles the genesis and development of a 1916-vintage armed-reconnaissance biplane designed by René Moineau, powered by a “sideways” engine

The Graveyard Shift

British United Airways DC-3 captain Ed Wild recalls a macabre round trip between Jersey and Gatwick in 1965