Aviation News - October 2016

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The October issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Jets’ is an RAF special and includes:

31 Squadron – The Goldstar Standard
The Officer Commanding 31 Squadron ‘Goldstars’ tells Dino Carrara about the achievements and challenges the squadron has faced during his time in charge.

30 Squadron – Traversing the Globe
Editor Dino Carrara visited 30 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton to hear about the work of this C-130J unit and joined a training sortie to gain an insight into tactical operations.

Tornado Specials
A photospread of some colourfully painted Tornados.

Fast Jet Training – IV(R) Squadron Reaches New Levels
The Hawk T2 has provided a huge leap forward in the training of the UK’s future fast jet pilots.  Editor Dino Carrara reports from RAF Valley on how IV(R) Squadron is taking full advantage of the capabilities of this new-generation jet trainer.

41(R) TES – The Times and Trials of a Centenary Year
Many Royal Air Force squadrons have reached their centenaries, but few have marked the occasion in so spectacular a manner as 41 (Reserve) Test & Evaluation Squadron.  Unique for its two-type fast jet fleet, the unit plays a vital role in supporting the Tornado GR4 and Typhoon, as Paul E Eden discovered.

Martin’s Mighty Mars
Originally conceived as a bomber for the US Navy, the Martin Mars is better known for the fire-fighting role.  Derek Heyes focuses his attention on this large flying boat. 

Boeing’s 720 – Short-haul Pioneer
By shrinking its world-beating 707, Boeing created a new jetliner capable of efficiently operating short- and medium-haul sectors.  Charles Kennedy details the development of the Boeing 720.

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II: The Career of Old Shakey
For over 20 years the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II was the mainstay of US heavy airlift operations.  Bob Archer looks at the role played by the type affectionately known as Old Shakey.

Blossoming Brisbane
Tom Allett checked in to see the developments under way at Brisbane International, the gateway to Queensland, Australia.

Viewing Area Guide – Las Vegas
A review of the official viewing area at McCarran International Airport and the photographic opportunities it offers, as detailed by Barry Ambrose.


Headlines – has details on the maiden flight of the first F-35A Lightning II for Japan and the latest on the new Airbus A350-1000.

Civil News – includes information on a possible new development for the Avro RJ and a new aircraft type joining Uzbekistan Airways.

Military News – has the latest information on the future helicopter for the US President and a new aircraft type being developed for the Argentine Air Force.

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 scheme for a BBMF Spitfire and a new heritage collection, based at North Weald, with some great aircraft types.

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