Aviation News - October 2013

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The 84-page issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft’ magazine has articles on:

Viggen – Sweden’s Famous Fighter
Saab’s Viggen has always been a distinctive and charismatic aircraft.  Jan Jørgensen charts its fascinating history.

Boeing’s New 787-10
Bruce Hales-Dutton details the launch of the largest variant of the 787 Dreamliner.

Fleet Air Arm in 2013
Tim Ripley reviews the current status of the Fleet Air Arm.

Cold War Jets Come Alive at Bruntingthorpe
Paul Fiddian reports from the most recent Cold War Jets Open Day at Bruntingthorpe. 

Oshkosh Extravaganza
Ken Cothliff describes the highlights at this year’s Oshkosh – the world’s biggest airshow.

Air North HS 748s – Serving the Yukon
Mike Valenti spent some time with Air North at Whitehorse, Yukon, in Canada’s Northern Territories, to report on its five Hawker Siddeley HS 748s. 

Shannon – The Cuban Connection
Malcolm Nason details the large number of rare Cuban aircraft that have transited Shannon Airport.

Condor – Scourge of the Atlantic
Chris Goss examines the development and operational career of the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor.

Pilots’ Sunglasses
Pilot Dave Unwin reviews some of the most popular sunglasses for pilots on the market. 



Headlines – includes news that the huge merger between American Airlines and US Airways has been put in doubt and the details of a AS332L2 Super Puma crash in the North Sea.

Military News – has recently revealed secrets about the first visit to the UK of the U-2 spy plane, an update on the A400M programme including a photo of the first example to be painted in Turkish Air Force markings.  The plan for the next few years ahead as RAF Lossiemouth transitions to being a Typhoon base. Details of a Royal Saudi Air Force exercise next year in France involving F-15s, plus more.

Civil News – includes the latest developments of the Sukhoi Superjet, a photo of a recently converted very smart looking Hercules fire-fighter, new airline routes and orders plus much more.

Preservation News – this section features the latest news on the heritage aircraft scene from around the world, be it return to flight projects or new additions to museums.  This month’s news includes the arrival at the Yorkshire Air Museum of a Buccaneer, the recently restored P-51D Mustang that won a major award at Oshkosh and the last VFW614 to fly is now on display in a museum near Munich.

Room with a View – this month we feature a hotel next to Birmingham Airport which has good photographic opportunities.

Airshow News and Calendar

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. 

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.

Air Mail – readers’ letters

Register Review

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements