AIR International - December 2008

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FEATURES

CIVIL & MILITARY ACCIDENTS
A round-up of civil and military accidents.

POSTCARD FROM KANDAHAR
Kees van der Mark presents a snapshot of the wide variety of aircraft to be seen at Kandahar, Afghanistan, a hub both for the reconstruction efforts in the country and in the fight against the Taliban.

AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF - PART 8
ISLANDER
In our ongoing series on aircraft currently serving in the RAF, Jon Lake examines the work of its mysterious Islanders.

OCTOGENARIAN FLYING DOCTOR
Australia's famous Royal Flying Doctor Service celebrated its 80th anniversary in May. Chris Milne looks at its current operations and casts an eye over its past.

ATSI - A-4 SKYHAWKS FOR HIRE
Advanced Training Systems International (ATSI) offers its fleet of McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks for a wide range of tasks. As Dino Carrara discovered, these include acting as aggressors, flight test work and fighter pilot training.

TRIAL IMPERIAL HAMMER '08
Italy recently hosted Trial Imperial Hammer '08 in which NATO tried out new equipment and tactics aimed at countering terrorism. Giovanni Taurino of Combat Aviation Photography reports from Sardinia.

REGULARS

NEWS HEADLINES
This month's headlines has details of the first flight of a Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoon, roll-out of the initial F-15SG for Singapore and the cancellation by the US Army of its new armed reconnaissance helicopter, the ARH-70. On the commercial front the big story is the takeover of bmi by German flag-carrier Lufthansa.

MILITARY NEWS
Details of the most interesting military aviation news from around the world.

CIVIL NEWS
The latest developments in commercial aviation.

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of recently-published aviation products.

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