Aviation News - December 2015

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)


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

Jumbo Hotspots
With many airlines gradually replacing their Boeing 747s, Charles Kennedy profiles the best airports to see the ‘Queen of the Skies’.

37° Stormo – Italian Hunters
Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera report from Trapani, home to the Eurofighter F-2000 Typhoons of 37° Stormo’s 18° Gruppo Caccia Intercettori

VistaJet – Silver Service
VistaJet Chief Commercial Officer Ian Moore explains to Aviation News Assistant Editor James Ronayne how the company has grown to become one of the world’s market leaders.

A-12 – Lockheed’s Mach 3+ Oxcart
Paul Crickmore chronicles the development of the Lockheed A-12 and its operational missions.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield – Looking to the Future
Aviation News Assistant Editor James Ronayne visits the South Yorkshire Airport to hear about its plans for the future. 

Tiger Lightnings
Hugh Trevor recalls 74 Squadron's time flying the English Electric Lightning

Brussels’ Aviation Treasure Trove
The Belgian capital has a fascinating museum with an impressive aircraft collection.  Geoff Jones visited this celebration of Belgian aviation history and much more.

Special Ops Support
Ted Carlson / Fotodynamics.com reports on the US Army Special Operations Command Flight Company.

354th Fighter Group – Pioneering Mustang Unit
René J Francillon charts the exploits of a famous USAAF Mustang unit in Europe during World War Two.


Headlines – has details on the final flight of Vulcan XH558, the USAF’s Long-Range Strike Bomber decision and the end of RAF SAR operations in the UK.

Civil News – includes news of a second Disney logojet for WestJet, new orders for CityJet and Transaero ceasing operations.

Military News – has stories on the first flight of a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A, more A-10s arriving in Europe and the Japanese’s decision to select the KC-46 tanker.

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 details of a recently arrived Norseman at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, RAF Leeming’s new gate guard and the opening of the Memorial Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre. 

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