Aviation News - March 2014

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This 84-page issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft’ magazine has articles on:

Bell Boeing’s Revolutionary Osprey
Bell Boeing’s V-22 tiltrotor underwent prolonged development, though is now proving its capabilities in frontline service, as Tom Kaminski reports.

Room with a View - Heathrow’s ‘Secret’ Viewing Terrace
This month we feature a hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport that has an outdoor viewing terrace that overlooks the threshold of one of the runways.

TriStars of the RAF
The TriStar has served the RAF in the transport and tanking roles since 1983.  With the type’s withdrawal in sight, Paul E Eden reviews its service career.

TriStar – Lockheed’s Airliner Swansong
Gerry Sweet charts the history of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, a well-liked airliner, but with insufficient sales to recoup its huge development costs.

Riding Aeroflot’s Il-96
Guy Van Herbruggen recently flew aboard an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-96 from Moscow to Istanbul.  He describes his experience aboard the Soviet-era widebody airliner.

France’s Last Mirage F1s
The Mirage F1 is scheduled to retire from French Air Force service in 2014.  Jan Kraak visited ER2/33 at Mont-de-Marsan, which is flying the last operational F1s, to review recent operations.

Years of the Dragon
Geoff Jones traces the fascinating history of Aer Lingus de Havilland DH.84 Dragon EI-ABI, which has been returned to the air yet again.

Convair P-36 Peacemaker – Six Turning and Four Burning
Doug Gordon tells the story of the USAF’s Convair B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber.

Catapults and Carriers: The Story of the Sea Hurricane
Launched by rocket-powered catapult from ships without flight decks, and later flying from escort carriers, the Sea Hurricane and its pilots fought with incredible distinction, as Paul E Eden explains.

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REGULARS
Headlines – includes news that Discovery Air has won a defence contract to fly A-4 Skyhawks for the German armed forces, delays to the CSeries airliner and a photo of the first Boeing 757 for Aer Lingus.

Civil News – includes details of airberlin’s closer relationship with Etihad Airways, a new Saudi airline and a photo of a rare Syrian Air Tupolev Tu-134 that was seen at Athens International Airport.

Military News – includes information on the retirement of the AC-130H Spectre II gunship, the first flight of a Eurofighter Typhoon carrying the Taurus KEPD 350 missile and the ‘Dambusters’ final Tornado mission.

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 items include details of the flight of Lightning XS452 (ZU-BBD) after two years’ restoration, the redevelopment of IWM Duxford’s American Air Museum and the arrival at a museum in the US of a DC-9.

Airshow Calendar

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.

Air Mail – readers’ letters.

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

Register Review

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements