Aviation News - August 2013

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The 84-page August issue of Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft has articles on:

Tanking and Transport: the VC10 Way
Paul E Eden reviews the RAF career of the VC10 as the type nears retirement.

Vickers’ Hot Rod
The VC10 was loved by pilots and passengers alike, as Bruce Hales-Dutton describes.

JetBlue Flying High
Jack Carroll examines the meteoric rise of US low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways.

Short Sunderland – the Ocean Sentinel
John F Hamlin reviews the career of the famous flying boat that was nicknamed the ‘Flying Porcupine’.

Operation 2015: Vulcan Life Extension Effort
Operation 2015 aims to keep Vulcan XH558 flying to the end of the 2015 airshow season.  Paul E Eden details the technical challenges.

USAFE Aggressors - Part 1
Doug Gordon tells the story of the 527th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron, which was based in the UK at the height of the Cold War.

Room with a View
The hotel we feature in this month’s ‘Room with a View’ is one with a roof terrace that is located on the approach to one of the runways at Bangkok’s main international airport.

Wittmundhafen’s Phantom Farewell
Kees van der Mark reports from Wittmundhafen on the events held to mark the retirement of the Phantom in German Air Force service.

Italy’s Aircrane Firefighters
Marco Rossi and Mauro Cini describe the Corpo Forestale dello Stato’s S-64F Aircrane firefighting helicopters.

Tales from the Logbook…
North America by Air Pass – Part 2
Gerry Manning continues his description of a tour of the USA and Canada in 1986 using a Northwest Orient Airlines Air Pass. 



Headlines – we have the main news to emerge from the Paris Air Show.

Airshow News & Calendar – the latest airshow news including details of interesting aircraft that will be attending events, plus our calendar of events for the months ahead.

Military News – includes a photo of one of the first two USAF CV-22B Ospreys to arrive at Mildenhall where the type will be based.  Amongst other stories there is a photo of an F-117A Nighthawk that was seen flying recently despite the type being officially retired in 2008, plus photos of two of the most striking schemes worn by aircraft attending this year’s Tiger Meet.

Civil News – the major news about airliners (including orders), airlines, airports and new routes.  Amongst these stories is a photo of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be delivered to British Airways and details of the report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on the uncontained engine failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 on a Qantas A380 in November 2010.

Preservation News – this section features the latest news on heritage aircraft around the world, be it return to flight projects or new additions at museums.  This month’s news includes details about the first post-restoration flight of a MiG-29UB Fulcrum that is privately owned in the US, a Canberra that has turned up in a Chinese museum and a DC-7 that is to become a diner.

Models Roundup – reviews of new diecast models on the market.

Aviation Archaeology – any news on historic aircraft being unearthed or found after many years will be covered in this section.  Among the items featured in this issue is the raising of the Dornier Do 17 from the English Channel.

Air Mail – readers’ letters

Register Review

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements