Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
EATURES: & REGULARS:
For Your Eyes Only - STEVE KINDER & ALAN WOOD - Simferopol is the Crimean crossroads where Ukraine's northern plains end and its southern mountains start. It also boasts a very interesting airport a€ and this is your first, exclusive look around it! Samurai Warriors - KATSUHIKO TOKUNAGA & YOSHITOMO AOKI - An AI exclusive! A superb salute to 50 years of the Japanese Air Self Defence Force, featuring a complete order of battle and the latest information on the service's front-line force a€" PLUS absolutely stunning air-to-air photography by Katsuhiko Tokunaga, including some of the specially-marked aircraft that have been celebrating the JASDF's jubilee. You can't miss them! Gatwick Express - PAUL DOPSON/AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM - There may apparently have been little news of the world's busiest single-runway airport in recent times, but London Gatwick is changing fast. We examine current developments and take a look at future plans in this special feature The UK's best-kept secret? - RICHARD COOPER - In a corner of Leicestershire, famous names from the past come to life a€" Lightning, Victor and Canberra to name but three. If you've never been to Bruntingthorpe, you'll want to after reading this... SASMD-82: From the cockpit - KJELL OSKAR GRANLUND - Oslo to Copenhagen is one of the 'bread and butter' services for Scandinavian Airlines. We join the flightdeck of an MD-82 operating this busy route Q&A: Bruce Dickinson - IAN DOYLE - He's best known as the lead singer of Iron Maiden a€" he's also a writer, broadcaster and former Olympic standard fencer. But what you may not know about Bruce Dickinson is that he's now a full-time airline pilot! AI caught up with him to find out more Computer - ATR-72-500 add-on from Flightl, AlphaSim Beaufort and Galaxy, Just Flight Spitfire update, and web site recommendations Products - DVD special a€" including a review of the less than superb remake of 'Flight of the Phoenix', MotoArt a€" turning aviation junk into works of art Books Featured book a€" ""English Electric Canitena', and reviews of the other latest aviation tales to hit the bookshops Civil - EUjet folds, BA fleet review, Further deals for A320 family, Grob's SPn bizjet flies, Orders, airports, routes and aircraft Enter the Dragons - MILITARY SPECIAL REPORT - on the return of a number of Lockheed U-2s to RAF Fairford Military Extra F-16s for Greece, ERJ-145 misses out on ACS order, A400M progress, COMAO at Kleine Brogel, and all the international military aviation headlines Preservation - RAF Museum movements, Vimy makes it, Bf109 G-4 'Red 7' crashes, Updates from 'down under', Icelandair DC-3 in the UK, and other major aircraft preservation stories from around the world Exclusive Air Atlantique model offer - WIN! Luxury trip to Bangkok with EVA Air, including three nights' accommodation WIN! Tickets to Yeovilton Big Shot - Starting the magazine in style with the world's best aviation photographs Captain Plummet - The lighter side of aviation AIRSHOW SPECIAL: Airshow Reviews - The very best coverage from around the world a€" Access all areas at RIAT, Zeitweg's AirPower 05, Lugano, The best Flying Legends yet?, Plus Waddington, Portsmouth, Croatia and more! Airshow Calendar - Your biggest and best listing of airshows in the UK, North America and the rest of the world a€" PLUS British and European show previews On the Cover: Samurai Warriors - When the Japanese Air Self Defence Force turned 50 years old, it decided to celebrate the occasion in style. Not for the JASDF the odd small anniversary badge on its aircraft a€" no, it painted a large number of types up in flamboyant colours, each with its own individual meaning. It also enlisted leading photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga to take some stunning air-to-airs, and we've got the results in this issue.