AIR International UK - 2019 April

AIR International UK - 2019 April
2019 April
AIR International Magazine - For the best in modern military and commercial aviation 
Established in 1972, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage of the full spectrum of aviation subjects. 
More recently, we have tried to improve the magazine from cover to cover. We have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography. 
Published monthly, AIR International has more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation. Our new, more contemporary and colourful design, packed with more images and improved graphics make each page easier on the eye and, most importantly, more enjoyable to read.

  TAKING LIFE easy on March 2, my peace was broken by the familiar chime from the computers signalling the arrival of another email. Nothing unusual about that, except this one contained images of an F-117 Knighthawk: the original stealth fighter developed in the mid-1970s. The images had been taken two days previously by AIR International’s Dan Stijovich who was, by chance, in the right place at the right time, and was able to photograph the one-of-a-kind black jet at 200ft above ground level in California’s Panamint Valley. Since its retirement from active duty service in 2008, there have been various sightings of F-117s flying in central Nevada; this time the FY1984 jet seen by Dan was low and in his face! We provide a four-page report of the event.
  In this issue, we also have the first of a two-part feature on the Tornado GR4 and its retirement from Royal Air Force service; we detail Boeing’s Loyal Wingman air vehicle, shed light on Spanish plans to introduce the MQ-9 unmanned air vehicle into military service, provide
show reports from Aero India at Bengaluru and Avalon, Australia, and review the gargantuan FY2020 budget requests by the US Air Force,
Army, Marine Corps and Navy.
  As if that wasn’t enough, we also have features on the Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor, RAF C-130J operations, GE Aviation’s XA100 future fighter engine, the first report of flight operations on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, and offer a look at the Proteus, a fascinating air vehicle
designed and operated by Scaled Composites at Mojave, California.
  You can read all these stories in this issue, along with an analysis of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner – across ten pages providing details of the
programme, fleet, operators and ongoing improvement programmes, one of our main themes this month.
  AIR International’s May 2019 issue will include coverage of the latest airborne early warning aircraft and an overview of BAE Systems’ portfolio of air systems: Hawk, Taranis and Tempest. The blistering May issue will be on sale in the UK and around the globe from April 25.

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