AIR International - February 2009

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FEATURES

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
David Willis explains the roles played by Russian aircraft in the Indian Air Force and looks at that country's aerospace industry.

WHY AIRLINES FAIL
Credit crunch, banking crisis, economic downturn - all spell hard times for most businesses. But airlines seem particularly vulnerable and some more so than others. Bruce Hales-Dutton finds out what goes wrong and why.

AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF - PART 10 SENTRY AEW.1
Jon Lake describes the career of the Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 in RAF service.

RETURN OF THE GOOSE
Iconic 1930s seaplane, the Grumman G-21 Goose, is back in production - Geoff Jones goes down to the water's edge to investigate.

CLIPPER OF THE SKIES
Boeing C-40A Clippers are replacing the US Navy's C-9B Skytrain IIs and DC-9-33s. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.net visited VR-59 'The Lone Star Express' to see how this new addition to the fleet is performing.

ROYAL AIR FORCE IN SCOTLAND
A significant proportion of the RAF's front-line aircraft is based in Scotland. Mark McEwan and Berry Vissers review the Service's presence in the country.

REGULARS

HEADLINES
This month's headlines include details of the conflict in Gaza, the first flight of the Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital launch vehicle WhiteKnight 2 and India's selection of the Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

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

CIVIL NEWS
The latest developments in commercial aviation.

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

FLIGHTBAG
Reviews of recently-published aviation books.

TALKBACK
A selection of readers' letters and photographs.

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