The Aviation Historian: Issue 4

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Covering military and civil aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the dawn of spaceflight, The Aviation Historian is a quarterly journal is designed to take its place alongside the most treasured books on your shelves.

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Renowned for its in-depth articles from 250 specialist authors worldwide, The Aviation Historian is a quarterly journal that is valued and respected for its superb high-quality archive photography and specially-commissioned drawings, profiles and information graphics.  Conceived and produced by a four-person team who between them have clocked up 84 years’ experience on aviation-history magazines, the journal combines traditional attention-to-detail with a modern tone.

Covering military and civil aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the dawn of spaceflight, this compact-format square-spined quarterly journal is designed to take its place alongside the most treasured books on your shelves.  Making new discoveries in your favorite field of interest is always exciting, whether you’re a history aficionado, a modeler on the hunt for new projects, or both.

The Aviation Historian provides great reading and first-class reference material to feed your passion. It truly is “aviation history for connoisseurs."

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Table of Contents
EDITOR’S LETTER

AIR CORRESPONDENCE

TAKING THE SEAFIRE TO SEA

Commander David “Shorty” Hamilton recalls what the Supermarine Seafire was like to fly on and off a carrier

RADIANT SKIES
Propulsion specialist Jakob Whitfield examines America’s disastrous Cold War efforts to harness atomic energy as a means for powering aircraft

AMERICAN CLASSICS
Classic images from The Alpha Archive of Ford Tri-Motors in US Army, Navy and Marine Corps service

HAPPINESS IS . . . VECTORED THRUST
Hawker Siddeley historian Chris Farara chronicles the career of G-VTOL, the company’s hardworking two-seat Harrier demonstrator

G-VTOL’S INDIAN SUMMER
Following on from its history, former test pilot John Farley describes flying G-VTOL on a 1972 demo tour in India

OUT OF THE BLACK
Michael O’Leary introduces a two-part feature on the post-war civil use of the Northrop P-61 and F-15 Reporter, starting with the Black Widow’s stint in civvie street

AN AIRSHIP INTERLUDE
Lighter-than-air flight specialist Brian J. Turpin traces the rise and fall of Britain’s first post-First World War non-rigid airship, the Airship Development Company’s AD 1

KEEPING THE PEACE
Jan Forsgren provides an in-depth account of the 1958 aerial operations of the United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon, which fielded Harvards, Bird Dogs and Bell 47s

HISTORY OR HOGWASH?

Mick Oakey investigates the re-emergence of a claim that Gustave Whitehead successfully flew an aeroplane before the Wright Brothers — is there anything in it?

BEFORE & AFTER
From Latvia to Luftwaffe: Roger Tisdale and Arvo Vercamer detail the markings of a much-travelled Gloster Gladiator

FLY AMERICA!
In the concluding half of his two-parter on the USA’s local service airlines, David H. Stringer plots the transition from propliners to the jet age and, ultimately, the end of an era

THE RIVIERA TOUCH
Rod Simpson takes a look at Nardi’s FN.333 Riviera, a classic 1950s amphibian with typically Italian good looks

ARMCHAIR AVIATION

LOST & FOUND

GUN COTTON
Sidney Cotton is famous for his audacious spy flights over Germany — less well-known are his gun-running exploits for the Nizam of Hyderabad, as revealed by Jeff Watson

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