Aero Australia issue 34
Aero Australia issue 34 cover

Articles – issue 34


Hug a Hornet: Why the RAAF’s F/A-18 Hornets are the best in the world. p 20

Phlying the Phantom: In the cockpit of an RAAF Phantom during its brief Australian career. p 26

King of Kings: The King Air 350 – top-of-the range of Beechcraft’s Royal Family and a versatile civil or military platform. p 34

Farewell Sea King: The RAN’s long servicing anti-submarine and utility helicopter is retired from service. p 40

Helicopter Rescue: The New England area of New South Wales is well served by its own rescue and EMS operation. p 46

Buff turns 60: The mighty Boeing B-52 is celebrating its 60th birthday with no end to its already record-breaking service in sight. p50

Regional Jet Revolution: They came, they conquered and they faded away – the rise and fall of the small capacity jet airliner. p 58

Mini Profiles: A utilitarian Cessna and a wartime British transport. p 63

The more things change…: The roles and responsibilities of airline check captains and line pilots – written half a century ago and still relevant. p 72


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on plastic patriotism, airline seats and a couple of other things. p 5

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

Movements: Some aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months. p 14

Skywarrior: Flt lt Richard Hillary  The remarkable story of an Australian ace. p66

AeroPeople: Tub Matheson  A doyen of helicopter instructors in both the military and civil worlds. p 74

Air Shows: Warbirds galore at Point Cook and Tauranga. p 78

Aero Album: Adelaide Airport’s golden days Part 2, a smorgasbord of DCs, Viscounts, Electras and Convairs. p 86

Aero Models: The ‘Golden Age’ of aviation in minature metal and plastic. p 92

Book Reviews: Four new titles from which you can learn more of aviation’s history. p 97

Safe Flight: “Baby, you’re out of time” (with apologies to the Glimmer Twins). How professional are you? p 98