AIR International - December 2018

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FEATURES

AMERICA’S STRATEGIC BOMBERS
David C Isby outlines US Air Force long-range strike capability.

BOEING 757 TESTBED
Chen Chuanren profiles Honeywell’s unique Boeing 757 testbed.

F-15QA
Lon Nordeen reviews the Qatari F-15QA Eagle.

JET RANGER X
Ian Frain provides an overview of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

P-8A POSEIDON
Matthew Clements visits P-8A Poseidon-equipped VP-4 ‘Skinny Dragons’.

S-70 FIREHAWK
Mark Broadbent details the Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk.

EAGLES VERSUS FLANKERS
Babak Taghvaee reports on California ANG F-15Cs in Ukraine.

L-39s PROVIDING SUPPORT
Frank Visser and Ludo Mennes report on the Forum Group.

BRITAIN ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
The House of Commons Defence Sub-Committee says the UK needs to upgrade its Arctic capabilities. AIR International considers the matter.

ATLANTIC HELI OPS
Sven van Roij visits the Faroes to find out about Atlantic Airways.

SPARTAN CONDITIONS
Nigel Pittaway covers the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-27J Spartan during Exercise Pitch Black.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Tyndall Air Force Base destroyed by Hurricane Michael, Bombardier sells Q400 programme, SARA flights, A330-800neo.

NEW-GENERATION TRAINER
Alexander Mladenov attended the roll-out ceremony of the Aero L-39NG.

MILITARY NEWS
KC-46A to Japan, Prowler’s last deployment, end of an era for Belgian Alpha Jets, Bats’ commemorative Tornado GR4, Canada launches F-18 replacement process.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Philippine Navy AW159 breaks cover, Bell 407GX, H135 pitch to the US Navy.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
LM-100J, International Airlines Group details future fleet plans, Delta Air Lines signs for Skywise, researching wing flutter in real time.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Hermes to patrol European coasts, Helix launched, Leonardo upgrades Falco EVO, autonomous transport development.

INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE & RECON
R-99 upgrade, ISR King Air 350ER, Japan’s additional E-2Ds.

NEWS COLUMNS

RUSSIA
Jet trainers, heavy lift and helicopter deliveries.

US ARMY AVIATION
FARA, FLRAA and advanced UAS.

ASIA-PACIFIC
Reborn Roulettes, Hawk and Lightning, Tiger trials.

BACK PAGES

COMMERCIAL ROTARY-WING
Bell 412, Seahawks, AW139s.

BIZJETS
Praetors, Globals and Challengers.

LOW-COST LONG-HAUL
A big trend in the airline industry.

COSMIC GIRL
Launching space rockets from a 747.