Aviation News - April 2015

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

easyJet – Twenty Years Old and Still Growing
With easyJet’s 20th birthday fast approaching, Aviation News Assistant Editor James Ronayne visited the airline to find out how it has changed in that time.

USAF Hercules Gunships
Tom Kaminski chronicles the development of the potent Lockheed Martin AC-130 gunship – from Vietnam veteran to the new AC-130J.

LAX Helicopter Photo Flights: A Different Perspective
Los Angeles has long been a favourite for aviation enthusiasts, but things have now been taken to another level – literally – as Kevin Jackson explains.

Canada’s Starfighters – From Nuclear to Conventional Bombers
Bob McIntyre examines the career of the Starfighter in Canadian service and its changing roles supporting NATO in Europe.

Guppy Giants – Outsize Airlifters
Charles Kennedy tells the story of the Guppy.

Stuka – The Luftwaffe’s True Dive Bomber
Chris Goss profiles the Junkers 87 – known almost universally as the ‘Stuka’.

Interflug – Flying the Flag for East Germany
Sebastian Schmitz details the rise and fall of Interflug.

RAF Museum Cosford
Changes at RAF Museum Cosford have begun paying dividends with visitor numbers on the rise.  Geoff Jones visited the museum to find out why.

Dave Unwin takes a look at the revolutionary Airbus E-Fan and talks to one of its test pilots.


Headlines – has details of the maiden flight of the Bombardier CS300 airliner and the first export order for the Dassault Rafale.

Civil News – includes news of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for LAN Airlines, a new livery for Transavia and the unveiling of the Airbus Helicopters H160.

Military News – has stories on another Baltic Policing mission for RAF Typhoons, a new special scheme for a 208(R) Sqn Hawk and the reinstatement of a B-52 from AMARG.

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 new museum at Tolouse-Blagnac Airport, efforts to make a C-47A Skytrain airworthy again in Australia and the completion of restoration work to a number of exhibits at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Hawaii. 

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