Aviation News - October 2015

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)


This issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft’ magazine includes:

A Phantom Special featuring:

USAFE Phantoms: Mud Movers and Air Defence Part 1
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II equipped many United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) squadrons during 29 years of the Cold War.  Doug Gordon tells their story.

Ark’s Angels
Lewis Gaylard reviews the Phantom’s career in the Royal Navy.

82nd Aerial Targets Squadron – USAF Phantom Finale
United States Air Force operations with the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II are nearing the end of the line.  Jake Melampy visited the last unit flying the type, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, which operates the QF-4.

Also in this issue

Ilyushin Il-76 Family – Candid Workers
Ilyushin’s Il-76 has been a mainstay in the transport role in both military and civilian service.  Piotr Butowski examines the type’s history.

Short Skyvan – Mini Airlifter
Andy Martin investigates the history of the Short Skyvan which is still being used for a variety of roles around the world.

Spitfire People: The Unsung Heroes
Paul Beaver shines a light on the work of some of the unsung heroes associated with the development of the Supermarine Spitfire.

Vueling – Breaking the Mould
Bruce Hales-Dutton profiles the Barcelona-based carrier. 


Headlines – has details on the first combat operational F-35 deliveries to the USAF, the maiden training deployment of the F-22 Raptor to Europe and a mega deal for Airbus from IndiGo.

Civil News – includes news of the first Martin Mars coming out of retirement, certification of the Embraer Legacy 450 and expansion at Munich being given the green light.

Military News – has stories on a potential upgrade to the Army Air Corps’ WAH-64 Apache AH1 attack helicopters, a new centenary scheme for 41(R) Sqn and the final flight of the CH-46E Sea Knight.

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 Sea King on display at Kinloss, the return to flight of a New Zealand owned Fox Moth and an A300 on display at Cologne Bonn Airport. 

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