Aero Australia issue 36
Aero Australia issue 36 cover

Articles – issue 36


Wedgetail’s Vigil: Technical challenges largely overcome, the RAAF’sAEW&C capability is up and running. p 18

Made in NZ: CT-4 Airtrainer  The story of a Kiwi trainer loaded with Australian DNA. p 24

Mini Profiles: A pair of ‘art deco’ fighters and a post war ‘nearly almost’ American airliner. p 30

Fork Tail Devil: “Der Gabelschwanz Teuful” – the story of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, from uncertain start to ultimate success. p 34

J3 cub: Celebrating 75 years of that most recognisable of American light aircraft. p 44

A fine vintage: New Zealand’s The Vintage Aviator Limited and its wonderful collection of reproduction and restored Great War aircraft. p 50

All the Stevens: Boeing big twin – the 777 – has reached the milestone of 1000 deliveries and its future looks bright. p 58

Pitch Black 2012: Australia’s largest air defence exercise attracts some exciting visitors. p 64

Bell 429: After struggling to crack the light-medium twin helicopter market, has Bell got it right with its latest offering? p 76

Ten Years of ADF air shows: Bringing the hardware to the people – a look back at a decade of Australian Defence Air Shows. p 80


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor tries not to be kicked out of HARS! 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 Dick Reynell From the vineyards of South Australia to air combat in the Battle of Brittain. p 70

Aero Album: Dials, gauges and switches – pre-digital cockpits, from World War I to quite recently. p 86

Aero Models: Jolly good show, chaps – part two! The Best of British combat jets in metal and plastic from the days when Britain actually had an aircraft industry. p 90

Book Reviews: Half a dozen really good titles you might consider dropping hints about for Christmas! p 96

Safe Flight: Beware the Gremlins – their sole purpose is to make like difficult for you when you’re flying. p 98