Aviation News - August 2016

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The August issue of Aviation News incorporating Jets is a Cold War Warriors special.

Blackbird Tales
Lt Col Bredette C Thomas (Ret’d) tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career flying the SR-71 Blackbird.

Naval Starfighters – Prowling the Baltic
The career of the West German Navy’s Starfighters is examined by Doug Gordon.

Flying and Fighting the MiG-25PD Foxbat
Alexander Mladenov looks back at the service of the MiG-25PD with a seasoned pilot of this big fighter. 

Life with the Lightning
Wing Commander Mike Streten (Ret’d), a former
Officer Commanding 5 Sqn had an eventful career. 
Dino Carrara hears about his time flying the legendary English Electric Lightning.

United Caravelles
Charles Kennedy discusses the Caravelle’s service with United Airlines.

Mount Cook Ski Planes – Glacier Experiences
Geoff Jones experiences the thrill of landing on a glacier.

Junglie Merlins
Lewis Gaylard discusses the arrival of the Merlin with the Commando Helicopter Force.

Vickers Viking – Stopgap Propliner
The Vickers Viking was an interim solution that sold in substantial numbers at home and overseas.  Charles Woodley traces its story.

New Generation L 410
Alexander Mladenov examines the latest version of the L 410, which builds on the success of earlier models.



Headlines: this month includes the arrival of the first F-35s to visit the UK and the roll-out of the MC-21 airliner.

Civil News: has details of Bombardier selling its amphibious division, delivery of the first A350 to an African airline and the entry into service with CityJet of the Sukhoi SuperJet.-

Military News: features information on the first flight of the HAL HTT-40, the US Marine Corps getting upgraded F/A-18C+ Hornets and an update on the Poseidon.

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 there are details of a new scheme on a UK-based Mustang and a Hunter that has been restored to ground running condition at Bruntingthorpe.

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.

Air Mail – readers’ letters.

Airshow News

Aviation Events Calendar

Register Review

Air Base Movements

Airport Movements