Aviation News - May 2013

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In the 84-page May issue of Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft we have the first of an occasional series looking at the latest developments at important heritage airfields.  We start the series with an article detailing the latest news at Duxford, from the museum as well as the many companies that operate and restore classic aircraft at the airfield. The cover subject this month is the RAF’s famous 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, as there is an article looking back over this illustrious unit’s history as it marks the 70th anniversary of its formation and the famous Dams raid. 


After last month’s full airshow listing for the year we have the start our monthly calendar for the immediate months ahead, as well as the latest airshow news including details of what interesting aircraft will be attending events. 

In our ongoing ‘Room with a View’ series featuring hotels near airports with great views to watch the action and take photographs, we detail a hotel at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport which receives flights from many airlines from Latin America. 

 

Also in this issue is… 

 

Southend’s Aristocrats 

Bruce Hales-Dutton recalls the golden years of British Air Ferries Vickers Viscounts. 

 

Grand Canyon Vistaliners 

The only way to truly appreciate the size of the Grand Canyon is from the air.  Martyn Cartledge experienced one of the options available to take in this natural wonder – flying in a Vistaliner, a modified Twin Otter.  

 

31º Stormo – Special Transport Italian Style 

The Italian Air Force’s 31º Stormo is tasked with state transport and public missions.  Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera visited this prestige unit to find out more. 

 

Gnat Display Team 

Richard Paver paid a visit to the Gnat Display Team to hear about its plans for 2013. 

 

Sydney Airport – Planning Ahead 

Nigel Pittaway examines the fortunes of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport as it prepares for the next 30 years as Australia’s premier aviation gateway. 

 

Nuclear Thunderjets 

Doug Gordon examines the USAF’s first nuclear fighter bomber unit – the UK-based 20th Fighter Bomber Wing equipped with the Republic F-84G Thunderjet. 

 

REGULARS 

Headlines  

Military News - the latest developments from around the world in military aviation.  

Civil News – the major news about airliners, airlines and airports. 

Preservation News – this section features the latest news on heritage aircraft, be it return to flight projects or new additions at museums 

Models Roundup – reviews of new diecast models on the market. 

Aviation Archaeologyany news on historic aircraft being unearthed or found after many years will be covered in this section 

Air Mail – readers’ letters 

Register Review  

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast 

Air Base Movements 

Airport Movements