James Peene

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War Surplus: Belly Tank Racers

Frank Mormillo reports on the War Surplus on Wheels – World War II’s Influence on Hot Rodding exhibition at California's Lyon Air Museum

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Flying the world's newest F-86 Sabre

Luigino Caliaro speaks to Classic Fighters of America sponsor Doug Matthews about his Korean War ace-honouring F-86F ‘Beauteous Butch II’ – the world’s newest Sabre!

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The Hawker Tempest in WW2

In action over Europe after D-Day and tangling with Luftwaffe fighters on a regular basis, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver documents a dramatic and decisive year of combat for the Hawker Tempest 

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The troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest – the last piston engine fighter to carry Royal Air Force colours

Historic Aviation Quiz - Hawker Tempest

Often said to be the ‘unsung power player’, the Hawker Tempest’s development was often troublesome. But how much do you know about the last piston engine fighter to carry Royal Air Force colours?

Historic Aviation Quiz - English Electric Lightning

On par with the Spitfire, Phantom and Vulcan, English Electric’s incredible Lightning is still as popular today as it was half a century ago but how much do you know about it?

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Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

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Flying a Spitfire: An unexpected journey

FlyPast’s James Peene and Jamie Ewan enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when they visited Aerial Collective – a flight in a Spitfire…

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Portuguese Air Force F-86 Sabre

On September 18, 2022 at Monte Real AB annual open gates day, a newly restored F-86F Sabre was presented in silver with red nose, wing and tail tips, as per the colour scheme of the short-lived Esquadra 52 “Galos” (Roosters)…  

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What was Britain’s first warbird airshow?

Four decades ago, the Great Warbirds Air Display pioneered a new style of airshow for Britain — and proved to be a very influential one