Aero Australia issue 58 (Apr-Jun 2018) cover
Aero Australia issue 58 (Apr-Jun 2018) cover
Aero Australia issue 58 (Apr-Jun 2018) cover

Articles – issue 58


Background To Brilliance: The ‘Phabulous Phantom’ has turned 60, and we celebrate by recounting its development and first versions. P 22

First Phantom: Before the legendary F-4 there was another McDonnell Phantom, the US Navy’s first jet fighter. P 32

Still Going Strong: The Airbus A330 airliner continues to attract customers and is now entering a new phase with the arrival of the second generation A330neo. P 34

C-27 Spartan: The RAAF’s new tactical transport is now working up to operational service. We look at its background and role. P 40

HATS Off!: The ADF’s new Helicopter Aircrew Training System is now up and running. P 46

Kittyhawk Downunder: The stories of the Curtiss P-40 warbirds that have graced Australian and New Zealand skies. P 50

They Also Served: Some of the less well-known aircraft that have served the RAAF over the years. P 60

Comanche: The first ‘modern’ Piper light aircraft and a major departure from the company’s previous ‘rag and tube’ designs. P 66

Pocket Rockets: Qantas operated a pair of HS.125 business jets for training from 1966, affectionatley known as the ‘Pocket Rockets’. P 72

TVAL Flying Day: An aerodrome full of World War I delights. P 84


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on media speculation and more ‘Trump-isms’. P 5

Aerogrammes: Bits and pieces of news and information from around the aviation world. P 6

Aerogrammes Extra: The S-70B Seahawk and Squirrel retire from ADF service after long careers. P 14

Warbirds & Vintage: News from world of old aeroplanes. P 16

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

Mini Profiles: A big Russian, a British ‘heavy’ and a short-lived amphibian. P 75

SkyWarriors – 452 Squadron RAAF: Part 2 of a famous squadron’s history – defending the Top End. P 78

Air Shows: Warbirds at Temora and a South Australian Antiquers’ fly-in. P 82

Aero Album: Part two of airliners at Sydney in the 1960s and ’70s – in glorious living colour! P 88

Aero Reviews: Three new books which are worth a close look. P 92

Aero Models: Celebrating the F-4 Phantom’s 80th birthday in metal and plastic. P 94