Aero Australia issue 64 cover

Articles – issue 64

Aero Australia issue 64 cover
Aero Australia issue 64 cover, image Jaryd Stock


Joining The Jet Age: It’s 60 years since Qantas introduced the Boeing 707 to Australia, the nation’s first jet airliner. P 26

The Big Show: Talisman Sabre 2019 saw more than 300 aircraft from Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Japan participate in our biggest military exercise. P 32

Embraer Turns 50: The Brazilian manufacturer’s past, present and future outlined. P 38

JSF Origins: With the F-35A Lightning II entering RAAF Service, we look back at where it all began with the Joint Strike Fighter programme. P 44

Vampire: The story of de Havilland’s pioneering twin-boom jet fighter. P 54

Liberator In RAAF Service: The only RAAF heavy bomber to serve ‘at home’ during WWII, the Consolidated B-24 played a significant role in the Pacific War. P 64

Diamond Standard: We fly the Diamond DA42 twin and discover a very modern , 21st century light aircraft. P 68

Darwin Airport: The gateway to northern Australia in words and photographs. P 74

Mini Profiles: An early American bizjet, some French chic and a British ancient mariner. P 80


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor reminisces about formative years and influences. P 5

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

Aerogrammes Extra: The ongoing Boeing 737 MAX crisis update. P 14

Warbirds & Vintage: News and information from the world of old aeroplanes and some”ah de Havilland” moments from Caboolture. P 16

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months. P 22

Air Shows: A compilation of three recent shows in the USA – Chino, Oshkosh and Thunder Over Michigan. P 86

Aero Album: A collection of assorted aircraft from World War II found in the archives. P 92

Aero Models: Germany’s finest WWII fighter, the Fw 190 ‘Butcher Bird’ in diecast minature.