Aero Australia issue 55
Aero Australia issue 55 (Jul-Sep 2017) cover

Articles – issue 55


Lightning Strikes: The RAAF’s F-35A Lightning II programme updated including an attempt to sort fact from fiction. P26

Tens & Thousands: Two new widebody airliners from Airbus and Boeing, the A350-1000 and 787-10. P32

PC-12 – RFDS Mainstay: The Pilatus turboporp has been helping the people of Outback Australia for more than two decades. P36

Wedgetail: From ‘Project of Concern’ to ‘AEW%C of Choice’ – the RAAF’s remarkable 21st century capability. P44

Timeless Bushplane: The seemingly irreplaceable DHC Beaver, 70 years old and still going strong. P 50

They Also Served: Some of the less well-known aircraft that have served the RAAF over the years. P58

Opal Air: South Australia’s pioneering regional airline launched scheduled services 50 years ago. P64

SkyWarriors -Triplane Aces:  Australian air aces of World War I who flew on three wings. P72

Mini Profiles: Walrus and Freighter, a pair of Brits from days of yore. P87


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on historical inaccuracies and long uncomfortable flights. P5

Aerogrammes: Bits and pieces of news and information from around the aviation world. P6

Aerogrammes Extra: Air New Zealand retires the Boeing 767. P14

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

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months. P20

Air Shows: Omaka Classic Fighters and Wings over Illawarra. P78

Aero Album: Flying colours, schemes out of the ordinary in metal and plastic. P94

Aero Reviews: Two new books of interest and a couple of golden oldies from the editor’s collection. P98