Aviation News - September 2016

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The September issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Jets’ is a British Airways special and includes:

Captain Mike Bannister – My Concorde Career
A former chief pilot on Concorde with British Airways, Captain Mike Bannister, spoke to Editor Dino Carrara and provided some fascinating insights into the supersonic airliner.

BA’s Jumbos Through the Decades
Five decades on from Britain’s first order for Boeing 747s, Charles Kennedy looks at the life and times of the British Airways jumbo fleet.

BOAC Constellations – Workhorses of the Sky
Scott Henderson traces the career of the different variants of Lockheed Constellation flown by British Airways predecessor BOAC.

Speedbird Heritage Centre
Dino Carrara discovered a fantastic collection of airline artefacts on display at British Airways’ Speedbird Heritage Centre.

Farnborough Report
The main news from the Farnborough International Airshow.

A Memorable RIAT
The F-35s were the stars of the show but there were plenty of other interesting attendees.

UK Military Comets – Diverse Roles
Dr Kevin Wright reviews the de Havilland Comet’s UK military service and talks to some of those who operated the aircraft. 

Europe’s Logistics Super Hub
James Ronayne visits Liege Airport to hear about its plans.

Russian Su-24 – Fighting Fencers
The Fencer has been significantly upgraded since it was developed as a Cold War attack aircraft and is now in action in Syria.  Piotr Butowski examines the Su-24 in Russian service.

Room with a View
Gerry Manning pays a visit to a hotel with a rooftop terrace that is ideal for photography of aircraft on approach to the busiest hub in South East Asia – Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Life and Death of the Viking – Blohm und Voss BV 222
The BV 222 Wiking (Viking) was a six-engined long-range flying boat designed originally for Deutsches Luft Hansa as a commercial aircraft, but, with the start of World War Two was brought into service with the Luftwaffe.  Chris Goss details the short career of this magnificent aircraft.


Headlines – has details on the USAF declaring the F-35A combat ready and the first post restoration flight of a B-29 Superfortress.

Civil News – includes information on Tibet Airlines’ first widebody jet and plans for QantasLink Boeing 717s.

Military News – has stories on two NATO countries joint plan to purchase tanker aircraft, an extension for the UK’s Gazelle helicopters and some impressive schemes on German Air Force Eurofighters.

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 VTST’s Canberra arriving at its new home and some news on the last two airworthy Lancasters.

Airshow News

Aviation Events Calendar

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.
Register Review – the latest aircraft changes to the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey registers.
Air Base Movements
Airport Movements