Aero Australia issue 61 cover
Aero Australia issue 61 (Jan-Mar 2019) cover

Articles – issue 61


747 Half Century: The ‘Queen of the Skies’ celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first flight in February – we look at its beginnings and where it is now. P24

Lightnings Strike: The RAAF’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs will be in Australia by the time these words are read. Here’s an update on where the much-delayed programme stands now. P 32

Airtruk Trio: A unique formation of Australian designed and built Transavia Airtruks recently flew together. Here they are long along with a potted history of this unusual ag aircraft.  P 36

Lost In The Lost Valley: A student pilot’s first solo cross-country flight turned into something more interesting rather than planned.  P 38

Warbirds Directory 2019: Our popular comprehensive reference listing of Australian and New Zealand warbirds, past and present.  P 44

Twin Tails: The story of Lockheed’s famous twin-engined and twin-tailed aircraft of the 1930s and ’40s, from Electra to Harpoon.  P 60

Crash In The Desert: The deliberate crashing of a remotely controlled Boeing 720 by NASA was intended to test an anti-misting fuel additive. It didn’t quite work as planned…  P 68

They Also Served: Some of the less well-known aircraft that have served the RAAF over the years. P 72


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on family connections – and a bit of fantasising. P 5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: Army Aviation turns 50 and retires the Kiowa helicopter. 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 dragon, a wheelbarrow, an American lightie and an unlucky airliner. P 78

Air Shows – Warbirds Downunder: The Temora Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Downunder air show brought together a tasty collection of aircraft from around Australia. P82

Aero Album: A look back at Australian Army Aviation, from Austers to Hueys. P94

Aero Models: Some of the aircraft that flew for the Allies in World War I, in metal and plastic. P94

Aero Reviews: Three books that cover important aspects of Australia’s aviation history. P98