AIR International - November 2014
Strikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria intensify, the Spanish Air Force celebrates 75 years, Australia prepares to order more C-17A Globemasters, Uruguay looks forward to getting Swiss Tigers, Garuda orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, Afghanistan is set to receive 12 more MD 530Fs, German’s fi rst A400M Atlas is rolled out and Peru signs for New Zealand’s SH-2G Super Seasprites.
A B-52H test launches an ALCM, the fi rst production ICH-47F rolls out, Aerion and Airbus talk supersonics, the 40th anniversary of the Tornado is celebrated, the French Navy receives its fi rst upgraded Rafale M, the Airbus A350 is certifi ed, Etihad unveils its new colours, and Denel studies a new regional airliner.
LEADING NEWS STORIES
Flight testing the re-engined A320neo has begun as Mark Broadbent explains.
Virgin Atlantic Airways is the first European airline to operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Mark Broadbent reports.
FIRST STRIKE BY AMERICA’S SILVER BULLET
David C Isby details the F-22 Raptor’s combat mission over Syria.
LIGHTNING AT LEMOORE
Rick Burgess files the latest top news stories from the US Navy and Marine Corps.
TRITON ARRIVES AT PAX
David C Isby covers the arrival of the fi rst MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
JUNGLIES’ NEW CAB
Ian Harding reports from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire on the transition of Merlin helicopters to Royal Navy charge.
HEAD WINDS FOR THE FLYING KANGAROO
Australia’s de facto flag carrier Qantas has to tackle several challenges, as David Armstrong outlines.
The Hellenic Air Force’s A-7Es – the last flying Corsairs – had a key operational role until the very end, as Kirk Paloulian recounts.
THE FUTURE OF LIBERTY
David C Isby outlines plans for America’s ISR-configured King Air fleet.
The UK’s air navigation services provider NATS is using new technology to improve air traffic management. Mark Broadbent provides the detail.
CHENGDU J-10 VIGOROUS DRAGON
Andreas Rupprecht profiles the development and operation of China’s first modern fighter.
The Royal Navy’s Sea King ASaC7 is finding its sea legs again after a successful deployment in Afghanistan. Ian Harding and Nick Martin visited RNAS Culdrose.
Mark Broadbent looks at a new version of Piaggio Aero’s distinctive Avanti executive transport aircraft, the world’s fastest turboprop.
ETIHAD’S NEW LOOK
Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad revealed a fresh livery for its first A380 Super Jumbo and 787-9 Dreamliner. Mark Broadbent presents.
Ian Harding visited AirTanker at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire now operating at full strength with nine Voyager multi-role tanker transports.
RYANAIR: MORE THAN JUST AN AIRLINE
Dominik Sipinski spoke with the Irish low-cost carrier’s chief executive Michael O’Leary.