AIR International - January 2016

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Top Stories

SPIRIT OF RENTON
Boeing has rolled out the first 737 MAX as it prepares for flight testing.

LEADING STORIES
A320neo certified, Virgin Galactic to use 747 to launch satellites, and more.

SYRIA
AIR International reports on the French and Russian air campaigns over Syria.

MIRAGE SALUTE
The Argentine Air Force Mirage fleet has reached the end of its service career.

THE FLYING SHARK
A new generation of the J-15, China’s first naval fighter, is in development.

CHINA’S FLANKER EVOLVES
Recent developments in Chinese variants of the Su-30 Flanker.

ON THE ICE
The first landing by a commercial Boeing 757 in Antarctica.

NEWS COLUMNS

FRANCE: OPERATIONAL FIRSTS, SPARE PARTS AND NAPOLEON’S SPHINX
Jan Kraak reports on foreign operations, helicopter spares, exercises and more.

US: TIGER TAILS, DRAGON SLAYERS & T-BIRDS
Rick Burgess rounds up the latest news from the US Navy.

ASIA-PACIFIC: SNOW, SAND & WI-FI
Nigel Pittaway describes milestones for the Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III fleet.

Features

MOON DOGS OVER JAPAN
Matthew Clements reports from MCAS Iwakuni on the deployment of EA-6B Prowler-equipped VMAQ-3 ‘Moon Dogs’ to the base.

NORDIC A350
Charles Cunliffe flew aboard the A350 XWB with Finnair, the type’s first European carrier.

TAIPAN MATURES
As Nigel Pittaway reports, progress has been made with the Australian MRH90.

COMBAT ASSAULT
AIR International’s Mark Ayton reports from MCAS Miramar, home of the US Marine Corps’ West Coast MV-22B Osprey force.

ALL CHANGE
Nigel Pittaway presents an overview of the re-equipment of Australia’s Fleet Air Arm.

STRATOFORTRESS SCHOOL
Scott Dworkin visited Barksdale AFB to discover recent changes made to B-52H Stratofortress crew training.

CHINA’S DREAM
COMAC has big ambitions for the recently rolled-out C919 airliner, as Andreas Rupprecht explains.

FAR EAST HUEY
The iconic Huey is still serving the US Air Force in Asia, as Matthew Clements discovers.

ON THE DECK
Ian Harding finds out how the Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations is preparing the way for UK carrier operations to be restored.

EFFICIENCY TAKES SHAPE
Santiago Rivas spoke to the President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, Paulo César Silva, about the new E-Jets E2 family.

ONE UNIT, ONE TEAM, SHARED MISSION
From firefighting to search and rescue, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit in California has a variety of roles, as Scott Dworkin finds out.