Aviation News - December 2008

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International News
Commercial News by Keith Crowden
Airports by Keith Crowden
Orders and Leases
Airliner deliveries
Military News - by Bob Archer and Peter Foster
ATC news by David Smith
Your Questions Answered
Aviation History - Archaeology by David Smith
Airlines of the USA since 1914 part 23 - by Maurice Wickstead
Aviation History - Preservation
Book Reviews
Airport movements by Adrian Thompson
Register review by Stuart McDiarmid

Winged power
NASA puts two shuttles on adjacent pads at Kennedy Space Centre as the US space agency prepares to enter the second decade of space station operations.

Malta airshow
It's almost over, but Derek Bower found one of the last of this year's airshow events on an idyllic island in the Mediterranean.

NBAA Convention, 2008
Using the opportunity afforded by the annual business show, Rod Simpson takes us through the main runners in what is still a buoyant market.

Comet anniversary
Celebrating 50 years since the birth of transatlantic jet passenger services, we look at the flight of two de Havilland Comets on October 4, 1958.

An Exercise in austerity!
A new way of fighting air wars and supporting ground forces is explored by Steven May as he reports from RAF Fairford.

High turns
Michael van der Mee climbs the Alps to view the Swiss Air Force in fighting mood.

Pegasus Airlines
Barry Wheeler reports on Pegasus Airlines and takes a trip to Turkey to talk to the boss of this low-fare carrier.

Soviet Air Power in World War 2
To mark the publication of a seminal work on Russia's air forces during the war with Germany, we recall those dark days when the Soviet Union fought back from near destruction.

100 Years of British Aviation
Aviation News went along to a very special event marking the 100th anniversary of the first flight of Samuel Cody from a field at Farnborough, and caught up with a former Prime Minister.

Russia on war footing!
The Editor reports from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine as the Kremlin unleashes the biggest and most aggressive war games for 20 years in a demonstration of power and capability.