Aero Australia issue 54 content
Aero Australia issue 54 content
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Articles – issue 54


From Cobra To Hornet: How a rejected Northrop fighter design morphed into the successful McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. p22

Avalon 2017: Was this the best Avalon ever? Many think so, and our extensive photo coverage starts here. p28

RAAF Between The Wars: The very existence of the RAAF was threatened in the years after World War I, but sense eventually prevailed. p38

E-Jet Evolves: Embraer’s upgraded and re-engined regional jetliner is set to repeat the success of the original. p44

Top 20 Jet Fighters: The best and most important jet fighters of the post-war era – in the editor’s humble opinion anyway! p50

Meet The Fockers: The famous manufacturer produced some important airliners before World War II in its native Netherlands and also the USA. p60

The First Citations: The origins of Cessna’s enormously successful business jet line and the ‘entry level’ models which followed. p68

Dakota Over ‘The Hump’: A Douglas C-47/DC-3 travels from Australia to China to commemorate those who flew the notorious ‘Hump’ during WWII. P74

People – Annie Oxlade: A regional airline flight attendant’s long and successful career. p84


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on social media dross, presidential irony and something that warms the heart. p5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: After 53 years, the Phabulous Phantom is retired from USAF service. p14

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

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the last few months. p18

SkyWarrior – Stuart Arnold: One of the very few Australians who flew The Hump over the Himalayas during WWII . p78

Mini Profiles: Unconventional piggybacking and push-pulling aircraft from either side of the Atlantic. p87

Aero Album: Some photographic memories of Australia’s best-known and much-missed light aircraft, the Victa Airtourer. p90

Aero Models: Cold War Warriors, combat aircraft from a time when America and Russia had their fingers on the red button. p94