Aviation News - March 2011

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FEATURES

CHINA FLIES STEALTH

Strike Fighter
Coinciding with a visit by the US Defence Secretary, China sprang a surprise and took the J-20 stealth fighter into the air for the first time. What was that all about? And why did it happen when it did? The Editor gets opinionated.

EXPEDITING THE MAIL
Long before the halcyon days of non-stop transatlantic flights, mail got delivered by seaplanes catapulted from ocean liners in a commercial race to be first, a contest fought between the French and the Germans, at least according to Hugh Cowin.

RETURN OF THE HARPOON
Rescued from obscurity and brought back to flying condition, a long lost Lockheed Harpoon fi re-bomber is once again plying the California skies, as Jim Dunn found out.

MILIT„RLUFTFAHRT AUSTELLUNG
Zeltweg in central Austria is the home of a museum with exhibits ranging across the spectrum of types flown by this country's air force since 1955. Alberto Pericoli gives us a glimpse of its treasures.

GRUMBLER - BY ANOTHER NAME!
In attempting to produce a tactical bomber, Sud-Est Aviation produced one of the most bizarre aircraft designs ever to come out of France. Barry Wheeler just had to take a closer look.

GLOSTER'S 8-GUN METEOR
Another disclosure from the archives as Tony Buttler unveils a 1950 plan to give the Meteor eight guns, at best a difficult task and one that remained on the shelf.

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