Aviation News - March 2016

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

Antonov An-124 Condor – The Big Bird
Piotr Butowski profiles the Antonov An-124.

Russian Air Force Ruslans
Babak Taghvaee reviews the career of the mighty Antonov An-124 Ruslan with the Soviet and then Russian Air Force. 

SWISS in Triple Heaven
Swiss International Airlines ushered in a new era in late January when it took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER.  Assistant Editor James Ronayne was in Zürich to witness the historic event.

YF-12A – Mach 3+ Interceptor
Paul Crickmore recounts the story of the Lockheed YF-12A programme. 

Pegasus Spreads its Wings
Last November Pegasus Airlines celebrated ten years of scheduled operations, passing the 100 million passenger milestone along the way.  Assistant Editor James Ronayne looks at the carrier’s rapid rise.

Lightning – Return to Flight
Lightning restoration campaigners are turning to 21st century fundraising techniques to power a 1960s-era T.5 back to the skies as enthusiast and volunteer Nic Holman explains.

Patrouille Suisse – More than 50 Years of Swiss Precision
Rogier Westerhuis travelled to the home base of the Patrouille Suisse at Emmen to go behind the scenes of this dynamic display team.

Wolverine Shows its Teeth
Editor Dino Carrara examines Beechcraft’s AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft. 

Riga Aviation Museum
Tony Dixon visits a little known open-air museum with an impressive collection of ex-Soviet military hardware.

Blohm und Voss BV 141 – The Luftwaffe’s Ugly Duckling
Chris Goss describes the short and limited career of the unusual BV 141 reconnaissance aircraft.


Headlines – has details on the first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the maiden delivery of the Airbus A320neo and Iran Air’s major aircraft order. 

Civil News – includes news of a rebranding for Dragonair, ANA’s decision to acquire the Airbus A380 and the delivery of the first Bombardier Dash 8 Q400-combi. 

Military News – has stories on special centenary schemes for 208(R) Sqn and 32(TR) Sqn, the Netherlands’ decision to extend airstrikes against Daesh into Syria and the formal unveiling of Japan’s ATD-X. 

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 £3m grant for the Bomber Command Memorial Trust, the future of Phantom FG.1 Black Mike and the arrival of two Mirages at the Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica in Buenos Aires.

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