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Aero Australia 51 cover
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Articles – issue 50


RAAF at 95 – Fifth Generation Future: As the Royal Australian Air Force celebrates its 95th birthday we look at where it is today and where it’s going.  p24

RAAF VIP Update: One item that’s slipped under the radar is the replacement of the RAAF’s ‘special purpose’ (VIP) fleet. Expect some announcements by the end of the year.  p33

Aircraft of the RAAF 1921-2016: A listing of the types flown by the RAAF over the past 95 years, their years of service and their numbers.  p36

Boeing Origins: The world’s largest aerospace company celebrates its centenary this year. This is how it all started in Seattle 100 years ago.  p44

Queens of the Sky – What Next?: The Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 haven’t exactly been swamped with orders recently. What does the future hold for these two “Queens of the Sky’.  p50

Thunderjets Are GO!: The Republic F-84 Thunderjet and Thunderstreak were part of one of the most important early generation jet fighter-bomber families.  p56

PC-24: Pilatus takes the next step with its first jet, the PC-24.  p62

Following Amy: Tracey Curtis-Taylor’s epic England-Australia flight in her Boeing Stearman, a tribute to the great aviatrix Amy Johnson.  p66

The Stearman: A brief look at one of the most important and widely-used trainers of the WWII.  p72


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on regulators, regulations, ancient deities and crossing oceans.  p5

Aerogrammes: Bits and pieces of news and information from around the aviation world. p6

Aerogrammes Extra: One of the firebombers which helped save lives and property during Australia’s bushfire summer. p14

Warbirds & Vintage: News from the world of old aeroplanes.  p17

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months.  p20

SkyWarrior – Neville Duke: One of the all-time greats: WWII quintuple ace and legendary post-war test pilot.  p74

Mini Profiles: A mixed powerplant experimental fighter and a pioneer American airliner.  p82

Air Show: Doing the business at Singapore.  p86

Aero Reviews: An interesting trio of books worthy of a place on your shelves.  p89

Aero Album: Beautiful biplanes from a bygone era.  p90

Aero Models: Boeing turns 100, so let’s see what we can find in metal and plastic.  p94