Aero Australia issue 53 cover
Aero Australia issue 53 cover
Aero Australia issue 53 (Jan-Mar 2017) cover

Articles – issue 53


Kittyhawk in RAAF  Service: The RAAF’s ‘workhorse’ fighter was a vital part of Australia’s defence during WWII and also served in North Africa and the Mediterranean.  p24

Mister Versatile: The Caravan single turboprop multi-role utility aircraft has been one of Cessna’s success stories with more than 2,600 delivered.  p32

Warbirds Directory 2017: A  comprehensive reference listing of Australian and New Zealand warbirds, past and present.  p38

Tanker of Choice: The RAAF’s Airbus KC-30A multi-role tanker/transports are proving their worth every day, including on combat operations.  p50

Ready to Growl: The RAAF’s already formidable capability is set to increase even further with the imminent arrival of its first Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.  p56

MAX Updated: The fourth generation of Boeing’s best-selling 737 is now well into flight test programme with first deliveries set for the second quarter of 2017.  p60

Recreational Aircraft: Yes, there is a more affordable way to go flying – and here it is.  p64

Mini Profiles: The last large British airliner and a widely-used wooden twin. P69

SAAB’s Jets: 21R, Tunnan, Larsen, Draken and Viggen, the remarkable story of Sweden’s combat jets.  p72


Wilson’s Commentary: A guest editorial this time on the subject of the state of the general aviation industry.  p5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: Cathay Pacific ends 747 passenger operations. p14

Warbirds & Vintage: News from the world of old aeroplanes.  p16

Movements: News from the world of old aeroplanes.  p20

SkyWarrior – 77 Squadron RAAF: Two wars and eleven years away from home. p78

Air Shows: Local roundup – Port Lincoln, Scone, Townsville and Temora antiquers. P84

Aero Album: A tribute to our friend and long time contributor, the late Robert Wiseman.  p90

Aero Models: Mirage Memories – some images from the ‘Delta Lady’s’ RAAF Service.  p94

Aero Reviews:  Some books that might find a place in your collection.  p98