Aviation News - December 2016

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The December issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Jets’ is a F-104 Starfighter special and includes:

Star and Bar Starfighters
Warren E Thompson casts a look back at the iconic Lockheed F-104 Starfighter in US service.

Italian Starfighters Remembered
Tom Docherty reviews the career of one of the Italian Air Force’s most iconic aircraft.

Multi-role Starfighters – The Luftwaffe F-104 Story
In October 1958, the German Government chose to buy the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter.  Doug Gordon tells the story of the Luftwaffe’s Starfighters.

TriStar: A Widebody Pioneer
The L-1011 TriStar was the only jet airliner ever built by Lockheed.  Philip Birtles details the development and career of this tri-jet.

Destination Munich
With its own brewery and surfing in a land-locked plaza, Munich Airport dares to be different – as James Ronayne discovered.

Viewing Area Guide – Munich Airport
James Ronayne reports on the wonderful viewing options available at an airport that attracts a wide array of interesting traffic.

Boeing C-17 – Master of the Globe
Tom Kaminski examines the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, which has proved to be a very capable airlifter.

Mosquito Fighter Variants – Day and Night Destroyer
Much has been written about the de Havilland Mosquito in its bombing role during World War Two.  Less well known is the parallel function it undertook as a fighter.  Edward Ward takes a close look at this varied part of the Mosquito’s military career.

Avro Tudor – Tales of the Unexpected
Stephen Skinner details the development and career of a post-war propeller-driven airliner that was also adapted to be powered by jets.


Headlines – has details on the decision for Heathrow to get an extra runway, a major order for the 747-8 and the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus.

Civil News – includes information on the US airline debut for the A320neo, more links between the UK and China plus the retirement by Lufthansa of a long-serving aircraft type.

Military News – has the latest information on the RAF’s deployment of Typhoons to Asia, the final deployment of a Prowler squadron and the testing of the King Stallion helicopter.

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 news on the restoration to flight of a Hurricane, a new home for a SR-71A Blackbird and the plan for a BAe 125-800 fuselage that was bought in exchange for curries.

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