Aviation News - November 2013x

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This issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft’ magazine has articles on:

Basler Turbo Dakotas
Ken Cothliff visited Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to learn more about the DC-3/C-47 upgrade breathing new life into this aviation legend.

Afterburner Rides in Lightning XS458
Bob Archer experienced a thrilling ‘Thunder Run’ in Russell Carpenter’s restored Lightning T.5.

VC10 Farewell
A review of the last days of the VC10 in RAF service. 

Saudis Exercise in the UK
Aviation News reports from RAF Coningsby on the joint Exercise Saudi British Green Flag.

Gatwick Evolution
Mark Nicholls describes the changes at London’s Gatwick Airport since it changed owners. 

Versatile Vanguard
Charles Woodley examines the career of the Vickers Vanguard, a design that proved to be a versatile workhorse in both passenger and cargo roles.

Venezuelan Flankers
Santiago Rivas and Iván Peña Nesbit take a look at the Sukhoi Su-30 Flankers in service in Venezuela.

The Last Leuchars Airshow
Jamie Ewan reports from the last RAF Leuchars Airshow, which proved a memorable event.

Oldtimer Fly-in at Hahnweide
Geoff Jones visited Hahnweide, Germany, to report on the popular Oldtimer vintage aircraft fly-in.

Thunderbolts over France
Warren Thompson details the dangerous missions flown by the 404th Fighter Group in World War Two as the Allies fought their way into Germany.

Aviation Watches
It’s time once again (if you’ll pardon the pun) for our annual review of the latest aviation chronometers.  Pilot and writer Dave Unwin finds out what makes them tick.

Plus…

REGULARS

Headlines – includes news of the first flights by the Bombardier CSeries and Boeing 787-9 and a previously secret new light attack aircraft.

Military News – has details of the first Royal Navy unit that will fly the F-35, delivery of the first two former USAF C-130Hs to the Afghan Air Force and the latest aircraft orders plus much more.

Civil News – includes the latest news on the Virgin/Delta deal, a massive order from Lufthansa, London City Airport’s expansion plans and the link between a Bristow Sikorsky S-92 and the new royal baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Preservation News – this section features the latest news on the heritage aircraft scene from around the world, be it return to flight projects or new additions to museums.  This month’s news includes the progress of a Mosquito which is being prepared for a return to the skies, the latest on Vulcan XH558 and a RAAF F-111C that has a new home a long way from Australia.

Room with a View – this month we feature a hotel next to Newcastle International Airport which has good photographic opportunities.

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

Aviation Archaeology – any news on historic aircraft being unearthed or found after many years will be covered in this section. 

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.

Airshow Roundup

Air Mail – readers’ letters

Register Review

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements