AIR International - March 2019

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FEATURES

TU-22 BACKFIRE
Piotr Butowski reports on the Tu-22 Backfire’s past, present and future.

TU-95 BEAR
Piotr Butowski profiles the Tu-95 Bear, not the most capable of Russia’s strategic bombers, but undoubtedly the most impressive.

BLACKJACK BACK IN THE RING
Piotr Butowski analyses the resumption of series production of the Tu-160 Blackjack.

EURO PROP
Mark Broadbent outlines recent systems innovations on ATR turboprops, including ClearVision.

RAF C-17: UK STRATEGIC LIFT
Ian Harding reports on the RAF’s C-17-equipped 99 Squadron.

SHARK TAIL GRIPENS
Chen Chuanren visited the Royal Thai Air Force’s JAS 39 Gripen-equipped Wing 7.

WHEN THE BELL SOUNDS
Dino Marcellino learns how helicopters are used in the Italian Alps.

HOLLAND’S NEW MILITARY PILOT TRAINING PIPELINE
Frank Visser visited the Royal Netherlands Air Force detachment at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

SH-2G SUPER SEASPRITES
Chen Chuanren flies with the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No.6 Squadron and its Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Airbus axes flagship A380, autonomous Boeing, US Navy carrier air wing changes and F/A-18C Hornet retirement.

OKHOTNIK
The latest on Russia’s S-70 Okhotnik unmanned combat air vehicle.

LION CITY LIGHTNING
Singapore selects the F-35 Lightning II.

RAF TYPHOONS
Does capability growth, force expansion, and improving availability make 2019 the year of the RAF Typhoon?

OUT OF THE BLACK WORLD
America’s new-generation fighters.

MILITARY AIRCRAFT
Netherlands accepts first operational F-35A, Pegasus arrives at Altus, Nigerian Alpha Jet.

VIVE LA RAFALE
A report from Bordeaux-Mérignac, home of Dassault Aviation and the Rafale fighter.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Nigerian Air Force deliveries, Spanish Chinooks upgrade.

AER LINGUS
The Irish flag carrier unveils a new look.

COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
NMA timetable, extended-range Airbus, short take-off and landing ATR, CRJ550.

FLYBE TURNS BLOOD RED
The UK airline’s buy-out by Virgin Atlantic.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Ordnance Survey announces Astigan, Protector contracts, ARDS test.

INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE & RECON
RAF P-8A crew training and RC-26 Condors.

NEWS COLUMNS

FRANCE
Long-range Rafales, Sea Venom and an S-100.

ITALY
Piaggio’s uncertain future.

UNITED STATES
Winners and losers in the FY2020 budget.

RUSSIA
New fighter orders, UAVs and a new bomber.

ASIA-PACIFIC
Korea’s F-35 and MRTT, Japan’s fighters, Indonesia’s gunships.

BACK PAGES

COMMERCIAL HELICOPTERS
Nexus air taxi, H225M, S-92A.

FALCON 8X
An update on Dassault’s Falcon 8X.

BIZJETS
Latitude 33, ACJ320neo, Aerion AS2.

BRAND OR BLAND?
Trends in airline branding.

BOWL OF SUGAR
Boeing and NASA explore the future.