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600532 - THE AVIATION HISTORIAN - Issue 32 - Golden Years: A Life Flying with the RCAF

Published Quarterly by The Aviation Historian

About the current issue as written by Nick Stroud, editior of the Aviation Historian:-

Although this year sees a number of significant anniversaries – including the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 75th anniversary of both VE- and VJ-Days – it seems extremely unlikely that we will be able to celebrate and commemorate them as we might wish. In this issue we mark the first of those anniversaries with Greg Baughen’s tribute to “The Few”, forced to fight a different war from the one they had been preparing for, forging fighting tactics “on the hoof” almost daily – which makes their contribution to Britain’s survival all the more remarkable.

Our cover story in this issue is the second half of an interview with the late Lt-Col Fern Villeneuve AFC RCAF, founder leader of Canada’s Golden Hawks aerobatic display team. Our front-cover image of four of the team’s Canadair Sabres, trailing coloured smoke while inverted above Niagara Falls, encapsulates the brio with which Villeneuve ran the operation.

Turning back to subjects on this side of the Pond, we have a major feature on Short Bros’ troubled political history in Britain’s post-war aviation industry, written by Prof Keith Hayward FRAeS. It is part of an ongoing series in which Keith places military and civil aircraft types and their manufacturers in the wider context.

As always in The Aviation Historian, we like to present articles on offbeat subjects. This issue’s crop includes an analysis of the fatal crash of the one-off Cierva Air Horse giant helicopter 70 years ago, and the story of Sweden’s obscure and undistinguished inter-war parasol-winged fighters the FVM J 23 and J 24 – the latter prototype so woefully misbegotten that it was actually rebuilt as a biplane: hardly a ringing endorsement of the original design. We also look at Channel-flight pioneer Louis Blériot’s much less well known plans for VTOL aircraft and “aerial runways”, and a World War Two “anti-g suit” which, essentially, was like wearing a chest-high pair of fisherman’s waders which were filled with two gallons of water. Not disconcerting in the least while attempting to keep an enemy aircraft in your sights.

Other articles in TAH32 include Maurice Wickstead on Italy’s Forgotten Airlines; the crucial but little-known World War Two aerial engagement over Sidi Bou Zid in Tunisia; Heinkel’s post-war mixed-power He 31 fighter project; and a 1950s Hawker concept which looks like something from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxye in this issue to have an appraisal of the remarkable and long-serving Bristol Hercules sleeve-valve radial engine. Its author, Ugo Vicenzi, has also created accompanying CAD (Computer-aided Design) artworks of the innovative powerplant in order to help explain its inner workings.


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Format Softback
Pages 130pp
Publication Date Out Now!

profusely illustrated throughout in colour and b/w

Width (mm)


Height (mm) 245
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