Aero Australia issue 30
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Articles – issue 30


A320neo: Airbus breaks the narrowbody airliner stalemate with its re-engined best-seller. p 16

F-111 – the very last Hurrah:  An emotional farewell to the mighty F-111 from Australian – and world – service. p 24

F-111 album special: A pictorial look back at the ‘Pig’ in RAAF service. p 30

RAAF: 90 years young The status of the RAAF today as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. p 36

Aircraft of the RAAF 1921-2011:  A reference guide to the aircraft which have served the RAAF, in tabular form. p 42

Growler – Future RAAF?:  Australia has the option of converting 12 of its 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets into Growler electronic attack aircraft – we look at this potential capability for the RAAF. p50

Mini Profiles: Trainer ‘twins’ from America and a British mass of moving air. p 54

Made in Australia: Vampire  The RAAF’s first operational jet aircraft and the first jet built in Australia. p 66

Flying Meccano Set: The Erickson Aircane has become a familiar sight in eastern Australia during the bushfire season. p 76

Kiwi Emil: A Messerschmitt Bf 109E that found its way to New Zealand during World War II. p 86


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on Globemasters, Avalon and a declining nation. p 5

AeroGrammes: Bits and pieces of aviation news and information from around the aviation world. p 6

Movements: Some aircraft spotted around the traps by our photographers over the last few months. p 20

Air Show: Avalon 2011 attracted huge crowds – and they had plenty to look at. p 58

Skywarrior: Wing Commander Dereck French, bomber pilot and Australia’s first DFC winner. p 80

Aero Models: Size does matter! A look at matters of scale in diecast and plastic aircraft models. p 90

Book Reviews: Some new books to entertain and inform you including a beauty for Mustang fans. p 96

Safe Flight: Requiem for a complete idiot. p 98