Aero Australia issue 38
Aero Australia issue 38 cover

Articles – issue 38


RAAF Airlift: A look at one new RAAF Air Lift Group asset and another that’s on its way – the Airbus KC-30A tanker-transport and the Alenia C-27J Spartan. p 22

Wooden Wonder: The story of one of aviation’s truly great combat aircraft, the de Havilland Mosquito. p 28

Boeing’s ‘three-holer’: The best-selling Boeing 727 pioneered domestic jet services in many parts of the world. p 40

Raptor Rocks Avalon: The 2013 Australian International AirShow provided a great flying display headed by the mighty F-22 Raptor. Our photographers captured the action for you. p 50

Lancaster Flight: A long-standing ambition achieved. p 58

Bell 412: Flying Bell’s tough workhorse. p 64

Flood Rescue: Careflight Queensland’s vital role in the recent Bundaberg floods. p 68

Skywarrior: General James Doolittle  Tokyo raider, bomber commander and a man of considerable substance. p 72

California Boneyards: Where old airliners go to die. p 80


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on air shows generally and Avalon in particular. p 5

AeroGrammes: Bits and pieces of news and information from around the aviation world including the Boeing 787 grounding. p 6

NEW Warbirds & Historics news: The grounding of the HARS Neptune and othr odds and sods. p 16

Movements: Some aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months. p 18

Mini Profile: Me 210 & 410: Messerschmitt’s failed fighter and its better successor. p 78

Book Reviews: A wonderful book about life as ‘Tail End Charlie’ in Bomber Command and another which will please British aircraft buffs. p 85

Aero Album: Ah, the good old days! Royal Air Force and Royal Navy aircraft visiting Australia in the 1960s – in glorious colour. p 92

Aero Models: A couple of best-selling Boeing airliners in metal and plastic. p 92

Safe Flight: Enthusiasm is good, but proper planning and flexible thought are even better! p 98