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Flight Journal

January - February 2021

Flight Journal is the world’s number one historical aviation brand. It is the go-to publication for those seeking the aviation experience as seen from the cockpit by history-making pilots and through the lenses of the world’s best aviation photographers. The emphasis is on giving readers unexpected aviation information and making them part of landmark experiences in a way that is to be found in no other periodical.

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United States
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English
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Air Age Media
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2 Min.
very rare iron

When the Second World War ended in Europe on May 8, 1945, Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz, the Commanding Officer of No. 131 (Polish) Wing, had been flying combat missions since the beginning of the war when Germany first invaded his home country on September 1, 1939. Shortly after Poland was overrun by the Germans, he and his remaining fellow airmen served with the reorganized Polish Air Force under RAF Command. Logging five years of battles was rare for an Allied pilot, and equally unique was the last airplane he flew: Spitfire TD240, the first low back bubble-canopy Mk XVI to be delivered to the Wing. Other features that set it apart were its clipped wings and the latest Packard Merlin 266 engine that was optimized for low-level ground-attack and fighter-bomber…

10 Min.
spitfire with a punch

May 5, 1945. Flying at 8,000 feet and at just over 200 mph in his personal Spitfire Mk XVI TD240, Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz, the Commanding Officer of No. 131 (Polish) Wing, led 11 heavily laden, bomb-carrying Spitfires of 302 Squadron towards their target, an enemy troop concentration in a German village. Navigating by a handheld map to the map reference he had been given, he identified the target some distance out and ordered the other Spitfires into close echelon starboard formation. Squadron Leader Clive Rowley, MBE RAF (Ret.), a former officer commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, tells the story behind the latest color scheme for the Flight’s Spitfire Mk XVI TE311. He judged the best direction of approach so that the final dive would not have…

3 Min.
origins of the “boxing bulldog”

The exact origin of Aleksander Gabszewicz’s “Boxing Bulldog” motif is something of a mystery and seems to pre-date its wider use by other Allied units. Photographs taken at RAF Northolt in April 1942, when Gabszewicz was the Commanding Officer of No. 316 (Polish) Squadron, show the “Boxing Bulldog” emblem painted onto the right stole of his Mae West life jacket. Clearly, he had already adopted it as his own by early 1942 and is said to have been using it from 1941. A color pencil drawing of the “Boxing Bulldog” in his personal album is dated 1942 and shows the creature wearing the colors of the Polish flag on its shorts, vest and cape, with the Polish coat of arms on its vest, but without the lightning flashes on the boxing…

2 Min.
spitfire te311: from gate guardian to airshow favorite

Like all Mk XVI Spitfires, Spitfire Mk L.F. XVIe TE311 was manufactured at the Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory near Birmingham, England. It was built during 1945 as a low-back, clippedwing Packard Merlin 266-powered L.F. XVIe and delivered on June 8, 1945, exactly one month after VE Day. With the war in Europe at an end, TE311 was placed in storage until October 5, 1945. Over the next nine years, the Spitfire flew intermittently with various different second-line RAF units, with long periods of storage in between. On December 13, 1954, having flown only some 30 hours in total, TE311 was transferred to non-effective stock; grounded but still in RAF hands. From August 1955, TE311 spent 12 years standing outside in the elements at RAF Tangmere as a gate guardian, on display at…

2 Min.
battle of britain memorial flight

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF), known at first as the Historic Aircraft Flight, was founded at RAF Biggin Hill, the famous Battle of Britain airfield in Kent. When it began on July 11, 1957, it only had three PR Mk XIX Spitfires and the RAF’s last airworthy Hurricane, LF363. (Three of these aircraft still serve with the BBMF today.) In the years since, the BBMF has seen many changes and the Flight has evolved from being a small, entirely volunteer unit without any official funding into a regular, supported RAF unit, funded by the Ministry of Defence and manned by established, full-time Service personnel to maintain its remarkable collection of 12 historic aircraft. With a team of two full-time RAF pilots (the Commanding Officer and the…

12 Min.
f-35b lightning ii semper fi

The three primary F-35 models are the A, B, and C (Israel also has an “I” model). We will be focusing on the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) B model, which is the Marine Corps primary variant. The Marines are also procuring some aircraft-carrier-capable C models, but these will be significantly fewer. The Marines also currently operate the VTOL AV-8B Harrier II, but this successful icon of Marine Corps aviation is now in its golden years; relatively soon, the aging Jump Jet will be completely put out to pasture and stood down. So what’s the latest on the Semper Fi JSF? The Marines have been working diligently, now utilizing the F-35B Lightning II in action within theaters of operation. The program is a spiral development system, so aircraft upgrades and capabilities…