AIR International - May 2012

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LEADING NEWS STORIES 

WASHINGTON DEBATES THE F-35
Who will pull the plug on the F-35? Robert F Dorr outlines the political storm building in Washington DC.

ITALY’S LATEST ACQUISITIONS
Riccardo Niccoli details Italy’s acquisitions of the T-346 trainer and the HH-139 helicopter.

RED STAR RISING
On March 16 the Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief revealed plans for his tactical air arms, as Alexander Mladenov reports.

NO MONEY FOR ANYTHING
US Senators are asking the US Air Force tough questions about its programme decisions. Robert F Dorr outlines the details.

FACING PROBLEMS
Changes to the structure of the US airline industry have had a serious impact on regional carriers. Chris Kjelgaard examines the issues.

FEATURES

QUIET REVOLUTION – PART ONE
Gen Jean-Paul Paloméros, French Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, shares his view of the Armée de l’Air with Henri-Pierre Grolleau.

GREAT COMPETITOR
David Armstrong reports on the San Francisco-based Virgin America.

ASSASSIN’S MACE
Dr Dave Sloggett explores the development of the Chengdu J-20 fighter aircraft and its role within the Chinese Air Force.

GROWING PAINS
Andreas Spaeth attends Air Berlin’s ceremony at Tempelhof Airport marking its membership of the oneworld alliance.

GREEK MAGIC
Kirk Paloulian visits 331 Mira and reports on Hellenic Air Force Mirage 2000-5 operations.

CONCEPT CABIN 2050
What will passenger aircraft cabins look like in 2050? Airbus has some stunning ideas, but will they fly? Andreas Spaeth reports.

BOOTH FLYING
Robert F Dorr looks at UAV crew training undertaken by the 49th Wing as it gears up for the future.

ITALIAN ATLANTIC – VETERAN MPA
Riccardo Niccoli assesses the capabilities of Italy’s ageing ASW/MP Atlantic fleet and the prospects for replacing the vintage type.

CABIN WEIGHT SAVING
Andreas Spaeth highlights some of the new trends in airliner cabin furnishing as displayed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

BOLD ALLIGATOR
James Deboer visited the 2nd Marine Air Wing during Exercise Bold Alligator to see how amphibious warfare operations are undertaken.

TAMING THE MUSTANG
Dave Unwin flies Cessna’s Citation Mustang light jet, and examines just why it’s so successful.