Aviation News - August 2017

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Bomber Show of Force
All three aircraft types of the USAF’s bomber force recently deployed to RAF Fairford. Aaron Paxton of Aviation in Action reports on this impressive gathering of air power.

Hahn Air: Small Operator, Big Player
Hahn Air operates one scheduled service with business jets. However, this is just a small part of the business of this global player in the airline industry, as Charles Kennedy discovered.

Keeping Vulcan XM655 Alive
A dedicated group is keeping Vulcan B.2 XM655 in ground running condition and it can be seen sometimes thundering down the runway at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield. Philip Stevens spoke to some of the enthusiastic individuals looking after this V-bomber.

Victor – A Varied Career
The Victor ably served the RAF for 35 years. Doug Gordon examines the design, development and service of the futuristic-looking V-bomber.

V-Force Reconnaissance
The role of Britain’s V-Force deterrent is well known but less so the reconnaissance versions of the three British bombers. Dr Kevin Wright examines the wide variety of often secret reconnaissance tasks these aircraft performed for the RAF.

Italian Typhoons Mature
David Cenciotti assesses the Italian Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.

Saudi Arabian Airlines – Serving the Kingdom
Flying for more than 70 years, Saudi Arabian Airlines has a fascinating history. Jozef Mols traces its journey over the decades.

Russia’s First Jet Airliner
Charles Woodley reflects on Tupolev’s 1950s twin-jet Tu-104.



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