Aviation News - February 2014

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)


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

EA-6B Prowler: Four Decades of Jamming
Brad Elward describes the development and service career of the superlative EA-6B Prowler.

The Herald: An Unlucky Airliner
The history of the Handley Page Herald is examined by Gerry Sweet who explores the reasons why it didn’t live up to its full market potential.

A Meteoric Success
Over seventy years since the maiden flight of Britain’s first jet fighter, Dene Bebbington looks at the Gloster Meteor focusing on its service with the RAF and Royal Navy.

Splash and Go…
Tom Singfield reports on a Lelystad-based PBY-5A Catalina on which flights are offered.

Typhoon – The Original!
The chequered but ultimately successful career of the Hawker Typhoon is reviewed by Chris Thomas.

Wizz Air – Ten Years Old
Bruce Hales-Dutton examines the rapid growth of East European low-cost carrier Wizz Air.

Nextant: Business Aircraft Reborn
The re-manufactured and re-engined Hawker 400 business jet produced by Nextant as the 400XT is described by Rod Simpson.

NAS Oceana Aviation Historical Park
Geoff Jones visited the interesting collection of retired US Navy aircraft at NAS Oceana’s Aviation Historic Park



Headlines – includes the selection of the Saab Gripen by Brazil as its next fighter aircraft, details of the interim report for more runway capacity in the south-east of England, the latest news on the merger of American Airlines and US Airways plus an interesting photo of a VIP Boeing 787 for the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight.

Civil News – includes a details and a photograph of the first flight of Embraer’s Legacy 450 business jet, Airbus launching a new version of the A350, the creation of a new aircraft registry with Guernsey now having its own prefix, confirmation of when the farewell scenic flights of the last passenger DC-10 in service will take place from Birmingham Airport in the UK, plus new airline routes and orders and much more.

Military News – includes information on Japan’s interest in buying the V-22 Osprey, news on which RAF squadron is next to re-equip with the Typhoon, a photo of the first flight of the Scorpion attack aircraft plus dates for some exercises and events that will are due to have some interesting and rare aircraft attending.

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 items include the details of where the unique EAP (Typhoon precursor) has gone on display, a photo of the new scheme being applied to the Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish and a photo of a very unusual aircraft to be wearing a Fleet Air Arm scheme.

Room with a View – this month we feature a hotel at Nice Airport, one of the busiest bizjet airports in Europe, which has excellent photographic opportunities.

Airshow Calendar

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.

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

Register Review

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements