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Aviation News Magazine, October 2021 Issue

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FEATURES:
Flights of fancy? - Aviation will come under scrutiny during the upcoming COP26 climate summit, but will the meeting carry any weight? How is aviation seeking to clean up? Mark Broadbent reports
Seven seconds to hell - In an extract from his new book. Tornado: In the Eye of the Storm, former navigator and POW John Nichol tells how Tornado crew members fought for their lives during the first Gulf War
“It never let me down” - Serving Denmark for nearly two decades in the air defence role with Eskadrilie 724, the Hawker Hunter was adored by its pilots, yet feared by those flying against it, as Doug Gordon reveals

COVER FEATURES:
The Supersonic debate: 25 pages of the past, present and future of supersonic air travel
Mach-maker extraordinaire - Concorde courses through Katie John's mind's eye in words, images and memories in her six-decade 'speed read' of the beautiful 'white bird's' history
The supersonic age - Do the various supersonic commercial aircraft projects mean there is a new race in aviation? And just how likely is it that the developers will succeed? Mark Broadbent explores the topic of truly high-speed flight and beyond
Going nowhere fast - Work on one of the most promising civil supersonic projects, Aerion's AS2, recently came to a premature end. David Willis reviews the highs and lows of the programme, to see if it has any lessons for other developers of the 'heir to Concorde'
Supersonic sweet spot - Established in 2019, US-based start-up Exosonic aims to have a Mach 1.8-capable airliner in service by the mid-2030s. As projects aiming for similar continue to fold, Paul E Eden discovers the passion driving this firm's ambitious high-speed plans as it streaks towards to its goal
The Supersonic debate: In 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was able to capture the first air-to-air images showing the interaction of shockwaves from two T-38s flying supersonically using the schlieren photography technique NASA

 


Regulars:
Preservation News - Catch up on the heritage news of the moment
Military News - The monthly review of military matters
Airport Movements - A round-up of notable aircraft seen at UK airports
Headline News - Kabul Airlift update, retired USAF F-117s spotted once again, London-Gatwick's new runway proposal and more in our latest headline news
Civil News - The stories behind the headlines of the latest commercial news from around the globe
General Aviation News - This month's goings on in the world of General Aviation
At the fence - A variety of aircraft and movements caught worldwide by the Aviation News community
Flight Bag - The latest in aviation products get the Aviation News verdict
Airbase Movements - A selection of the most interesting aircraft to pay a visit to the UK's air bases
Register Review - The latest amendments to the UK, Irish, Isle of Man and Guernsey registers are revealed

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Welcome I often recall the time my late grandfather told me about the first time he flew faster than the speed of sound. It was during the mid-1950s in a Hunter. To this day I still laugh at his recollection that it was: "A non-event with a bit of a bump." Despite his rather unimaginative description, I knew at that moment that I wanted to join the so-called 'supersonic club'. By the time my dreams of becoming a fast jet pilot in the RAF had been dashed, Concorde's engines had been silent for more than a decade, leaving my chances of ever going supersonic looking bleak. Until now. While civil air travel has benefited from countless technological advancements due to refinements in power, fuel, materials and automation, airliners are flying no faster than they were back in the 1960s. As Blake Scholl of Colorado, US-based Boom Supersonic put it: "The world has gone more than 60 years without a meaningful improvement in travel speeds." Although Concorde opened a new dimension in civilian aviation when it took to the skies in March 1969, the pinnacle it sat upon soon crumpled under the weight of crippling costs, often unacceptable noise levels and various environmental challenges. But now developments in all of these fields mean the coming era of supersonic air travel will be much cheaper, quieter and cleaner. We often talk about the rise and fall of supersonic air travel, with many saying the dream is dead. But I genuinely feel the aviation world is a stone's throw from a new and pioneering era of civilian supersonic air travel. The technology is there, as is the drive and passion, thanks to the aforementioned Boom, Exosonic and Spike Aerospace among others - but it won't be an easy ride, as shown by the downfall of Aerion. While the supersonic transports of tomorrow may not hold as special a place in our hearts as Concorde, they will allow a wider audience the chance to experience one of man's greatest achievements. How do you feel? Do you believe a new dawn of supersonic travel is breaking? Let us know at aviation-news
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