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Ep.56 – ‘Xtra’ Soviet Cold War fighters

Journalist and author Alexander Mladenov joins us from Sofia in Bulgaria to talk through the four generations of Soviet Fighter aircraft from the early MiGs and Yaks through to the later air-superiority models, familiar in the skies around the world today.

Ep.52 – The Aviation Historian, Optica and Hawker Typhoon

Managing Editor of the Aviation Historian Mick Oakey joins us as guest host. Tim brings us an interview with John Edgley after his flight in the Optica; and Pieter speaks to Sam Worthington-Leese from the Hawker Typhoon Project.

Ep.50 – Flt Lt Tom Bould ‘Red 7’

Xtended celebrates a half century of episodes with Flt Lt Tom Bould – Red 7 with the Royal Air Force’s famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team. Tom joins us to talk about his first year as a Red, with a look ahead to 2016 as part of the Synchro Pair.

Ep.49 – Paul Beaver

Paul Beaver is an aviation journalist and author recognisable from both radio and TV, as well as a pilot. Paul was a special advisor to the UK Defence Committee and has recently written a book called ‘Spitfire People’. We talk to Paul about everything from the UK Defence Spending Review to flying the Spitfire.

Ep.48 – Whirlwind (Xtended Xtra)

In this ‘Xtra’ episode we learn about the Westland Whirlwind restoration project and meet up with aviation photographer and museum volunteer Jo Ayres. We review the latest book on the Hawker Hurricane and find out about Neil McCarthy’s newest project – The Flight Sim Centre.

Ep.47 – Into the Black

We welcome back Rowland White to talk about his latest book to be published in March 2016. ‘Into The Black’ is the story of the first flight of the Space Shuttle, the hidden safety issues and the use of spy technology in addressing them.