Aviation News - December 2014

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)


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

Virgin Atlantic’s Dreamliner Debut
Bruce Hales-Dutton reports on the recent delivery of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as well as other developments at the airline.

RCAF Buffalo: Still Roaming the West Coast
Barry D Smith assesses the career of the Royal Canadian Air Force Buffalo and the role it still plays today.

Air Atlantique Dakotas
Charles Woodley examines the career of Air Atlantique’s Dakotas, two of which remain in service with the company.

Eagle Boss
Colonel Douglas C ‘Disco’ Dildy (USAF Ret) describes his time as the commander of the 32nd Fighter Squadron at Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands, which flew the F-15 Eagle.

Canada’s Flying Museum
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has achieved publicity others can only dream of, thanks to a UK visit by its Lancaster.  Tom Allett reports.

Tupolev Tu-154 Experience
Matt Wise recently flew on board a Belavia Tupolev Tu-154M.  He recounts his trip on the Soviet airliner.

Shackleton – RAF Cold War AEW
Hugh Trevor talked to two Shackleton AEW.2 aircrew about their experiences on the aircraft.

Greased Lightning – Arado Ar 234 Blitz
The Arado Ar 234 Blitz (Lightning) was the world’s first operational jet-powered bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, entering service in mid-1944.  Chris Goss relates the brief but notable career of a revolutionary aircraft.



Headlines – has details of the first carrier landings of the F-35C and VLM’s Sukhoi Superjet order.

Civil News – includes news of Monarch’s new ownership, the first Dash 8-Q400 for Air Côte d’Ivoire and WestJet’s new Glasgow service.

Military News – has stories on the rollout of the Embraer KC-390, the first flight of a Luftwaffe A400M and the retirement of the Hellenic Air Force’s A-7 fleet.

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 section includes the details of a Super Constellation for the Qantas Founders Museum, the sale of aircraft from the Battle of Britain film and the arrival of a Dominie at Newark Air Museum. 

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

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