Flightpath is Australia's premier magazine focusing on warbirds and antique aircraft. Now the February-April 2018 edition is on the shelves and ready for your eyes. The cover features a shot of a Focke-Wulf FW190 and a Hawker Hurricane, flying on much friendlier terms in 2018 than they were in 1941. Behind the cover is a fantastic selection of news, features and images from the world of warbirds and antique aircraft. Feast your eyes on this:
Expedition to Tadji
Archaeologist Ash Matic reports on his recent trip to northern Papua New Guinea and visits the former RAAF base at Tadji, near the township of Aitape.
The US Navy in Italy – Part One
Luigino Caliaro recounts the little known story of a remarkable Italian-American collaboration at Lake Bolsano at the end of the Great War.
A series of unfortunate events conspired against a Lightning pilot in late 1943. Michael Claringbould tells the sorry tale of Second Lieutenant Christopher Bartlett and the Lightning that disappeared.
Saving a Harpoon
A Lockheed Harpoon in danger of being scrapped was flown out of a remote strip in 2010. It has since been progressively restored to its military configuration. Roger Cain recalls the recovery of the PV-2D and details its rejuvenation.
Cats in Colour
Hans Wiesman presents a selection of colour images from his new book 80 Years, A Tribute to the PBY Catalina.
The Supermarine Southampton - Part 1
James Kightly examines the often overlooked diverse history of the inter-war Supermarine Southampton flying boat and the achievements and uses of the RAAF’s two examples.
“For Our Freedom and Yours”
The prestigious Polish Cross of Valour was presented to very few Australian service personnel. Three of them were earned in direct service to Poland. Elise Horspool outlines their achievements and discovers the ongoing efforts to remember the sacrifices made during the Warsaw Airlift.
The Last "Big Do"
The last major air combat in the Southwest Pacific featuring Australian fighter pilots involved an outnumbered 78 Squadron south of Biak Island in June 1944. Gordon Clarke skilfully unravels the confusion of an interception that quickly broke down into individual engagements.
"Zero" on the Wharf
One of the most photographed downed enemy fighters of the New Guinea war was not all it was claimed to be. Michael Claringbould follows its journey, from its final April 1942 take off to Allied intelligence asset, and the pilot’s enduring quest to be forgotten.