Aero Australia issue 35
Aero Australia issue 35 cover

Articles – issue 35


Gentle Giant: The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III has transformed the RAAF’s airlift capability. p 18

Flying the Sabre: We take you on an air-to-ground gunnery mission in an RAAF Sabre, half a century ago. p 24

White Elephant: The Sanders Roe Princess giant flying boat, one of aviation’s great follies. p 36

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

Raptor: The last F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter has been delivered to the USAF – we look at its past, present and future. p 42

Mini Profile: The remarkable North American A-5 Vigilante. p 48

Damned by words, flown to glory:  The story of the Curtiss P-40 family, America’s ‘workhorse’ fighter of World War II. p 50

Made in NZ: from Fletcher to XSTOL  New Zealand’s long-running family of agricultural and utility aircraft. p 60

Sunderlands in the Pacific: The little-known story of 40 Squadron RAAF and its Sunderland flying boat transports late in the Pacific War. p 66


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on replacing the Caribou, defence budget cuts and production numbers. 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: Sqn Ldr Doug Vanderfield  An Australian fighter pilot who became an ace flying the Brewster Buffalo – and lived to tell the tale! p 72

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

Aero Album: A pot-pourri of air shows recently held in Australia and New Zealand, from Pearce to Parafield via Ohakea, Wanaka, Tyabb and Masterton. p 86

Aero Models: Jolly good show, chaps! The Best of British airliners in metal and plastic. p 92

Book Reviews: Some book titles to keep you occupied during the winter months including a couple to satisfy the needs of the Inner Anorak. p 97

Safe Flight: Undershoot! How not to plonk it down short of the runway and therefore avoid severe embarrassment. p 98

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