The Aviation Historian Issue 25

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In TAH25 we take a typically far-ranging approach, exploring military, civil and offbeat aviation. The military brief is fulfilled by articles on the Luftwaffe’s bombing capability in 1938 – a classic example of how “dodgy dossier” information can influence political decisions – and on the UK’s painful procurement of the F-4K/M Phantom. Ray Flude continues his three-part series on Axis plans to create internal air bridges in World War Two, with a chronicle of Japan’s attempt to fly a delegation to Berlin in 1943; illustrations include scale drawings and internal details of the Tachikawa Ki-77. We also examine the career of the Soviet Union’s Yakovlev Yak-28PP “SAM-jammer”, a little-known ECM variant of the Brewer strike bomber; and the RAF Far East Flight’s epic 1927–28 tour of Asia and Australia, recorded in the expedition’s log and illustrated with evocative photographs taken en route. Covering the civil aviation angle, we continue David H. Stringer’s account of how the Vickers Viscount was adopted with great enthusiasm and fanfare by three American airlines; we also examine Alan Cobham’s flight-refuelling experiments in 1938–40 using Handley Page Harrows. We tour the Channel islands in a BEA de Havilland Dragon Rapide, seen through the camera lens of the late John Stroud; and we reveal how a party of watermelons, painted with smiley faces, came to be strapped into the cabin seats of a de Havilland Heron and flown from Jordan to the UK in 1965.
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