Here it is, the final ever issue of Flightpath. After 31 years the title is finishing, and editor Rob Fox has made sure this well-loved magazine is going out on a high. Covered with a classic formation shot of Temora's Mk VIII Spitfire and the RAAFM's CAC CA-18 Mustang, it contains great stories from the vibrant world of Australian antique and warbird aviation. So, here's a run-down of what makes up Volume 31 Number 2 of Flightpath. Go and get it, add it to your collection and treasure it as a classic issue for years to come.
The Burden of Leadership
Eighty years ago, Bob Bungey was flying bombers along the German border at the very beginning of WWII. However, as Dennis Newton explains, there is so much more to his story.
On 14 April 1943 Kittyhawks of 75 and 77 Squadrons met a Japanese formation head on. Michael Claringbould presents a complete picture using detailed Japanese and RAAF records that match to a tee, but turn up many surprises.
Looking for one article that exemplified the elements Flightpath endeavoured to bring to its readers over the years was an incredibly challenging task. However, one feature had the "X Factor".
What about BOB?
One of Australia’s most loved warbirds has not flown for more than 11 years. Many have enquired on the progress of VH-BOB. Flightpath editor Rob Fox brings the story up to date.
In 2000, Flightpath mentioned a mysterious WWII wreck on Mount Stanley and promised to identify the aircraft at a later date. James Kightly and aviation archaeologist Daniel J. Leahy detail the archaeological survey of the site.
Alas, Poor Flightpath! I knew it (well)
With this, the final edition of Flightpath, and attempting to record the publication’s own history, editor Rob Fox delves through back issues to gain insight into its much anticipated, but difficult, birth, and establish an accurate timeline of those early days and the past 31 years.
Everywhere a Douglas
This photo collection of Douglas’ C-47 transports reflects a minute portion of the history of the type in Australia and the South Pacific throughout WWII. Michael Claringbould looks at its role with the Dutch, the USN, the USAAF and the RAAF.
Fred David – Boomerang Designer
The lead designer on the Boomerang project was a diffident Austrian Jew. His story is often incorrectly recounted. James Kightly presents a unique Australian aviation story.
Big Things Grow
When you think of large, multi-engine, propeller driven aircraft in Australia, you immediately think of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. Andy Wright surveys some of the society’s achievements to date and what treasures it has yet to fly.
HISTORIC AUSTRALIAN AIRCRAFT