Aero Australia #60 cover
Aero Australia issue 60 cover
Aero Australia issue 60 (Oct-Dec 2018) cover

Articles – issue 60


The Kelly Gang: Lockheed’s famous Skunk Works has turned 75. We look at its history, some of its remarkable aircraft and its driving force, the late Clarence ‘Kelly’ Johnson. P24

RAAF Super Hornet: After eight years in service, the ‘Rhino’ has proven itself to be a potent asset for Australia. P 32

The Last Douglas Commercial: The story of the Boeing 717, the last of the long line of airliners with ‘Douglas Commercial’ heritage.  P 38

The First Hercs: It is six decades since the Lockheed Hercules entered RAAF service – we look at the originals, the C-130A.  P 44

Spitfire Census: Ever wondered how many flying Spitfires there are around the world? Here’s where you can find out.  P 50

TBM Turns 30: France’s single turboprop business aircraft continues to be developed and sell in solid numbers.  P 56

Pitch Black 2018: Air forces from around the world converge on Australia’s Top End for our largest air defence exercise.  P 62

They Also Served: Some of the less well-known aircraft that have served the RAAF over the years. P 74


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on a successful ‘bridging capability’ and saving general aviation. P 5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: The General Aviation Summit brought the industry together in an attempt to revitalise it. P 14

Warbirds & Vintage: News from world of old aeroplanes and the Australian Warbirds Association. P 16

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months. P 20

Mini Profiles: A biplane fighter, a failed airliner, a Spanish pigeon and some royalty. P 80

Air Shows: Overseas roundup: RIAT, Oshkosh, Duxford and Farnborough. P84

Aero Album: RAAF air displays at Canberra in the 1960s and ’70s. P90

Aero Models: Airliners with propellers in metal and plastic. P94