* Southern Cross on the move: Much-loved replica Fokker F.VIIb/3m Southern Cross II is now making significant progress to the skies once more with the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society.

* The second Trans-Tasman return flight; Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and the Southern Cross: Phil Vabre tells the story of one of Smithy's significant latter route-proving flights.

* Two lost airmen & Spitfires retrieved in France: Late last year, the RAAF Museum recovered to Australia the wreckage of a 453 Squadron RAAF Mk.IX Spitfire, MJ789. However, at the same time, a second Spitfire and its pilot was also discovered buried in Hardifort, Northern France.

* More Victorian wrecks: Neil Follett expands on his series of first-hand experiences with a look at several of the rumours of old WWII aircraft wrecks, which bore fruit, what was found and their ultimate fate.

* New Fokker & Snipe: Two 'new' Great War fighters have taken to the air in New Zealand. The first of the stunning pair is Sopwith's big fighter, the Snipe, and the sleek Fokker E.V. Thanks to The Vintage Aviator Ltd's Gene deMarco, we bring you the inside story.

* Last of the 'cobras: One of the rarest of the WWII-era American fighters today is the Bell P-63 Kingcobra, with just a pair of examples currently airworthy. Mike Shreeve looks at these and the 20 known survivors around the world.

* 75's First Zero & The Zero pilot who disappeared: The first Tainan Naval Air Group loss in New Guinea, and the first Japanese fighter shot down by 75 Squadron. Luca Ruffato and Michael John Claringbould reveal an unanswered question - what happened to the Japanese shot down pilot?

* Sopwiths & Fokkers: Contributing Editor James Kightly briefly puts the TVAL Snipe and Fokker D.VIII in context with an examination of where these types fit in the two companies' development, and a selection of survivors and replicas worldwide.

* Stranded: Michael John Claringbould's story of a lost Mitchell, an antique biplane, some disoriented dive-bombers and an unusual combat engagement form the mix of the most unusual New Guinea survival story in the first year of the war.

* California Tiger: Correspondent Mike Shreeve spotlights a welcome, different sight and sound amongst the mostly American vintage types flying in northern California - expat Englishman Ken Copp's de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth.

Litt'l Jugs, our first T-28A: Last August a T-28 Trojan, Litt'l Jugs, arrived at the Aerotec Facility in Toowoomba, Queensland. Not 'just another' T-28, but the first T-28A in Australia.


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