AIR International - April 2019

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FEATURES

BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
Mark Broadbent provides an update on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with all three variants now in service.

GE AVIATION’S XA100: A FUTURE FIGHTER ENGINE
Chris Kjelgaard reports on the completion by GE Aviation of the detailed design process for its adaptive-cycle fan engine.

TORNADO GR4: BATTLE HARDENED AT RETIREMENT
In the first of a two-part story, AIR International covers the mighty Tornado GR4 strike aircraft after more than 35 years’ service with the Royal Air Force.

AW609: TILTING TO THE FUTURE
Ian Frain presents a profile of Leonardo’s distinctive AW609 tiltrotor.

ELIZABETH RETURNS
Kevin Wills and Ian Harding went aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth to find out about a cruise to the US eastern seaboard and the Merlin HC4-equipped 845 Naval Air Squadron.

PROTEUS
Mark Broadbent reports on the unique Scaled Composites Proteus research aircraft.

RAF C-130J HERCULES
Ian Harding visited 47 Squadron, the final unit in the Royal Air Force to operate the C-130 Hercules.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Boeing 737 MAX grounded, 777-9 roll-out, BEHA M1H.

RETURN OF THE WOBBLIN’ GOBLIN
An overview of the F-117 Nighthawk following its public reappearance in late February.

LOYAL WINGMAN
The Boeing Loyal Wingman was recently unveiled at Avalon.

MILITARY AIRCRAFT
Swiss fighter programme, F-35C IOC, Belgian SF-260.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS TO PREDATORS
Talavera la Real Air Base will become the Ejército del Aire’s base for both new Predator Bs and veteran F-5M trainers.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Djibouti Dauphins, Dutch exercise in UK, Brazilian Navy H135s.

COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
BA 777X order, NMA engine, Airbus’ flagship, cargo conversion.

BA RETROJETS
Back to the future for British Airways.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
XQ-58A Valkyrie, unmanned K-MAX, on call for oil spills.

INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE & RECON
Australian MQ-4 Tritons, Beriev A-100 testing.

AERO INDIA 2019
The current status of indigenous Indian aviation programmes and international acquisitions.

AVALON 2019
A rundown of the latest biennial Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

NEWS COLUMNS

UNITED STATES
US airpower in the FY2020 budget.

CHINA
China’s latest special mission aircraft.

AUSTRALIA
Upgraded Hawks, DA40 NGs and Aussie disposals.

BACK PAGE

COMMERCIAL HELICOPTERS
Heli-Expo orders, ACH135, Victoria Police AW139s.

BIZJETS
Phenom 300E, Global 7500 records.

QUADS TO TWINS
Large airliner trends.

SHOCKWAVE
New steps in supersonic research.