AIR International - April 2008

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FEATURES

AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF PART 1 - Tornado GR.4
In the first part of a new series looking at the aircraft in service with the RAF, Jon Lake profiles the Tornado GR.4.

GERMAN SURPRISE - GROB spn
So-called because of its superior performance to the nth degree, this month's cutaway subject, described by Rod Simpson, combines the passenger comfort of a business jet with the versatility of a turboprop.

US AIR FORCE CHIEF AT A CROSSROADS
General T Michael 'Buzz' Moseley is in charge of the US Air Force at a challenging time, with ongoing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and a battle of a different kind to procure new aircraft. The General was interviewed exclusively for AIR International by Robert F Dorr.

SECRETIVE NIMRODS

Paradoxically the RAF's most capable aircraft is probably also the least well known. Jon Lake examines the intelligence work being carried out by the Nimrod R.1s and their possible replacement by USAF Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joints.

CULTURAL REVOLUTION - CHINA'S LOW-COST CARRIERS
China has overtaken Japan as the largest air travel market in Asia and has seen the introduction of low-cost carriers. Paolo Giannico describes the LCCs and questions whether they presage a new wave of privately-run airlines or will die an untimely death.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE -
Fouga Magister
David Oliver examines this light jet trainer and details how one of them was credited with killing a MiG-21.


REGULARS

MILITARY NEWS
Reports from around the world.

CIVIL NEWS
A round-up of the latest commercial news.

CIVIL & MILITARY ACCIDENTS
Details of incidents, compiled by Dave Allport.

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of some aviation-related products.

TALKBACK
A selection of readers' letters and photographs.

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