Aviation News - January 2016

£4.70 (Approx $6.83 or €6.01)


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

A Lightning Special featuring articles on the type’s RAF career, the memories of a pilot flying the aircraft with 11 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Binbrook and a look at the Lightning’s service with the Kuwait Air Force

Dubai Airshow 2015
Aviation News Assistant Editor James Ronayne reports from Al Maktoum International Airport. 

Speedbird VC10s
Stephen Skinner profiles the VC10 in service with BOAC and British Airways. 

Dornier 228 Revival
Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara assesses RUAG’s involvement with the Dornier 228 and how it’s putting the type back into production. 

Tales from the Logbook – US East Coast May 1989 – Part One
Gerry Manning recounts a trip he made to the East Coast of the United States.  The first part covers the journey from New York to NAS Patuxent River. 

Flying the Super Étendard
Fleet Air Arm pilot Lt Cdr Ian Sloan speaks to Lewis Gaylard about his exchange posting with the French Navy, flying the Super Étendard. 

Starry-eyed Mosquitos
Prized for its speed, altitude capabilities and versatility, the Mosquito Mk XVI gave valuable service with UK-based US Army Air Force units from summer 1944, as Paul E Eden explains. 


Headlines – has details on the decisions taken in the UK government’s SDSR, the launch of the Citation Hemisphere large-cabin, long-range business jet and the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. 

Civil News – includes news of a second Qantas retrojet, new liveries for EVA Air and Cathay Pacific Airways and confirmation of the launch operator for the Bombardier CS300. 

Military News – has stories on China’s Su-35 acquisition, a new RAF Chinook centenary scheme and the departure of the final C-17 from Long Beach.

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 new owner for Provence F-BACC, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s latest addition and the reassembly of VC10 XR808 at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. 

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.
Air Mail – readers’ letters.
Register Review
Air Base Movements
Airport Movements