Aviation News - April 2011

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SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES
The US Navy begins a year of celebrating 100 years of naval aviation with a stunning display at NAS North Island, California, while specially painted aircraft link the past with the present.

BACK TO THE FUTURE
BAE Asset Management is making a living out of UK commercial aircraft from the recent past and Barry Wheeler reports on a success story quietly managing airframes into a decent income.

BIGGER DEFENCE BUDGET FOR THE US
The Editor reports from Washington on the 2012 Pentagon budget with more than a few surprises and yet another increase in defence spending. It includes a start on a B-52 replacement unlike anything proposed before.

DAHER-SOCATA
It is 100 years since the first Morane-Saulnier aircraft took to the skies and Geoff Jones looks back over a remarkable success story for a company that has changed its name but still comes up with innovative designs.

AIRBUS A320
As Airbus emerges from the economic recession and consolidates its position as the world leader in commercial orders, we look back at the revolutionary A320 and its pioneering design characteristics.

RYAN'S KAMIKAZE KILLERS
A composite propulsion system put Ryan's Fireball in the frontline when Japenese Kamikaze attacks threatened US carriers in 1944. But was it too far ahead of its time? Hugh Cowin recounts its place in history.

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