Aero Australia issue 59 cover
Aero Australia issue 50 (Jul-Sep 2018) cover

Articles – issue 59


Ten Grand 737: The ‘Baby Boeing’ has come a very long way since its relatively low key debut five decades ago. We look at all four generations of the best-selling airliner. P 24

Gold Coast Thunder: Aboard an RAAF C-17 Globemaster III as its crew learns new skills over the Gold Coast. P 32

RAAF PC-21: The Pilatus PC-21 is at the heart of the Australian Defence Force’s new pilot training system. P 38

In Command: The Aero Commander series of piston twins was one of the first, most successful and long-lived post-war business aircraft. P 44

Shrinking The World: The Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 were the first airliners to fully exploit the new technology of jet engines, creating a revolution in air travel. P 50

Gulfstream Downunder: The latest Gulfstream long-range business jet – the G500 – visited Australia recently. P 58

Cutlass: Vought’s unconventional naval fighter was one of the few ‘weird and wonderful’ designs from the early jet age which made it into production. P 60

They Also Served: Some of the less well-known aircraft that have served with the RAAF (and RAN) over the years. P 66

SkyWarriors – Capt Cedric ‘Spike’ Howell: Australian World War I ace. P 74



Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on getting older, the government versus GA and a retiring warrior. P 5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: Lockheed U-2 – the Dragon Lady lives on. 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: An evil spirit from McDonnell and a pair of de Havilland airliners. P 71

Air Shows: Australian and NZ roundup: Tyabb, Scone, Wanaka and Wings Over Illawarra. P 80

Aero Album: Mainly ‘seventies – Viscounts, Electras, Friendships, DC-4s, Argosies and more from back then two of airliners at Sydney in the 1960s and ’70s – in glorious living colour! P 88

Aero Reviews: Three vastly different books to keep you informed and entertained. P 92

Aero Models: From Russia with love! MiGs and things in metal and plastic. P 94