Tugging in sleeves

After such an incredible war, the mighty Beaufighter was destined for a rapid and wide-sweeping stand down. Battle-hardened night-fighter, torpedo bomber and a strike weapon of awesome capability, it seemed that there was little use for the big Bristol with the advent of peace.

It was not just that the need had drastically shrunk but the layout that had made the twin so opportune when it first entered service in 1940 was working against it five years later. That slim fuselage was not capable of taking more advanced airborne interception gear and the remoteness of the gunner-turned-radar operator did not

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The Last TOMCAT Crusade

The USS George Washington (CVN 73) is currently making history as it sails in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations with two squadrons of F-14 Tomcats on board as part of the embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7). This is the last deployment of an Air Wing with two squadrons of the mighty F-14 assigned before all Tomcat squadrons are disbanded or converted to the different variants of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The carrier started the work-up period for this, its sixth deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf following a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the US Naval

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The Last Space Shuttle Commander

Christopher J Ferguson reveals his regret at the retirement of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle in 2011, but tells us how he’s now looking forward to working on the next generation of spacecraft at Boeing.

Interviewed by Jonathan O’Callaghan


Christopher J Ferguson

Age: 51

First mission: STS-115

No. of missions: 3

Time in space: 40 days

Born on 1 September 1961, Ferguson is a retired US Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot on STS-115 in September 2006 and commander for STS-126 in November 2008, before serving as the final Space Shuttle commander aboard Atlantis for the

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The last pharaoh and the fall of ancient Egypt

In 30 BCE, a love affair between a powerful queen and a respected military leader caused scandal in Rome and ultimately brought about the end of a royal dynasty

Cleopatra VII remains an icon of both the ancient and modern world. Today, she continues to captivate and puzzle historians, remaining one of history’s most enchanting and enigmatic figures.

The alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra changed the face of the world. A coalition which began as a political statement soon evolved into a tumultuous, and later tragic, love affair.

Despite her florid reputation, Cleopatra took only two lovers — both

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The last of the money

COMPLETED at Hawker’s factory at Langley, Buckinghamshire on July 27, 1944, Mk.llc PZ865 was the last of the more than 14,500 Hurricanes to be builtTo mark this milestone, the fighter had The Last of the Many! adorned on both sides of its fuselage, just aft of the cockpit.

PZ865 was rolled out bedecked with banners listing notable campaigns and theatres of war during the type’s service career — including the Battle of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, Malta, Russia, Africa, Burma, Italy and Normandy.The fighter then carried out its maiden flight in the hands of Hawker’s chief test pilot

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On the afternoon of October 8, 1953, eight assorted aircraft came under starter’s orders at London Airport. As HRH The Duke of Gloucester waved his flag he would have witnessed a cornucopia of aircraft, including the latest military jets, an assortment of older machines and a smattering of airliners. Included in the latter was the pride of BEA — the latest Vickers Viscount turboprop.


Arrangements for the race began in 1948 and it had originally been planned to mark the centenary of the Province of Canterbury, NZ in 1950 but delays meant the race slipped until 1953. Modelled on

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I’m writing in regards to your “Technique” feature articles. I’m a 14-year-old boy living in Minnesota with hopes of becoming a pilot someday. I really enjoy the tips on how to perform specific procedures in an airplane.

I like how «Technique» isolates the different aspects of the maneuver or procedure and provides a description of how and when to perform the task.

I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn next month.


I have been a reader of Flight Training for 23 years. I can’t believe you published the article “Two Touchdown

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Everything favours WP.

Western Province’s history of success at Port Elizabeth Golf Club, the coastal conditions, plus their experienced line-up, makes them favorites at the 52nd Interprovincial.

Eight different provinces have won titles (A and B sections) in the last five Interprovincials. Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal have each won twice going back to 2007, and there have been once-off triumphs in the different divisions for Central Gauteng, Gauteng North, Boland, Free State, Southern Cape and Limpopo.

While it’s encouraging to see the medals being spread around the country, it’s also an indication of how the tradition-ally stronger provincial unions have struggled to build

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Adios Jim Bob.

The US Naval Reserve recently bade a fond farewell to a noble warplane — the F-14 Tomcat. Lt Col Marshall Lefavor, USMCR (ret) reports.

Fighter squadron (VF) 201 based at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, had the honour of serving as the Naval Reserve’s last custodian of the aircraft that has been the Navy’s premier fleet fighter-interceptor for over two decades. The Tomcat, like its predecessor the venerable F-4 Phantom, has more than lived up to the Navy’s expectations as a long-range, AWG-9 system-equipped, multi-role fleet protector. It has seen a number of engine

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In the coming weekend at Ohio State will make its own final flight of the famous bomber since the 2nd World War II B-29. «For their survivability and firepower of these rotorcraft called» Superfortress » / Superfortress /. After almost 70 years, the plane, named fighters gentle French naming «Phi Phi» until that time flies, as in the old-timey «- said Fox News Channel now second bomber pilot Paul Mapin. He noted that the aircraft took part in battles during the second world war, namely, the Japanese bombed the town of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. «Phi Phi» — The last of

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