Aviation News - January 2017
The January issue is a Propliner Special and includes:
Breitling Super Connie
Europe’s only airworthy Lockheed Constellation looks poised to remain a firm fixture at events for many years to come. Bruce Hales-Dutton speaks to the team responsible for keeping this elegant airliner aloft.
Strato-cruising in Luxury
BOAC first introduced the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in December 1949. David Ransted looks back at the cocktail-and-canape glory days of the ‘flying hotel’.
Viscounts – KLM’s First Turboprops
Bob O’Brien tells the story of the Vickers Viscounts that served with KLM.
PBA – The New England Airline that Loved the Dakota
Barry Lloyd details the lengthy career of the DC-3 with US carrier Provincetown-Boston Airline.
Eurofighter Typhoon – Country-by-Country Analysis
Six nations operate the Eurofighter Typhoon and another two have placed orders. Meanwhile, sales campaigns are running in many more, as Jon Lake explains.
TSR2: The Greatest Aircraft the RAF Never Flew?
The BAC TSR2 still has the power to divide opinion. Was it rightly cancelled or a missed opportunity? Dr Kevin Wright weighs up the arguments.
American Airlines – Returning to Success
Bruce Hales-Dutton explains how American Airlines battled from bankruptcy to success.
Mil Mi-26 – Russian Giant
The Mil Mi-26 is the world’s largest helicopter. It can work in the icy wastes of Siberia, the heat of Africa, and is on duty around the world. Alexander Mladenov reports.
Taking Command – Flying the B-17s of the 385th
Warren Thompson spoke to Lt Clark B Rollins, a veteran of the USAAF’s 385th Bomb Group, to learn about life flying the B-17 Flying Fortress during World War Two.
Headlines – has details on the first flight of the Airbus A350-1000, Sir Richard Branson’s backing of a new supersonic airliner and the delivery of Spain’s initial A400M.
Civil News – among the items covered is Ryanair announcing it is to start services from Frankfurt Airport, a retirement of two aircraft types by Emirates and new routes from Air Seychelles.
Military News – has information on the delivery of a new aircraft type for the RAF, the first M-346As for Poland and the maiden flight of a trainer for Jordan.
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 section includes news on a Thunderjet going on display in Portugal, the completion of a restoration of a Vulcan and the latest information on two Lancasters.
Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.
Register Review – the latest aircraft changes to the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey registers.
Air Base Movements