As usual, there’s lots to read in this month’s issue of AIR International – nothing but back-to-back news stories and features from cover to cover. No other aviation magazine packs so much in to 100 pages.
SUPER FEATURE this month’s main theme is the Russian Su-27 Flanker. Billed on our front cover as Big, Bad and Deadly, we review Russia’s most lethal fighter aircraft – one that has reportedly kicked some ass when flown by Indian Air Force pilots fighting western fighter types. Our Flanker super feature details the history, variants, radars, missiles, munitions, international operators and combat deployment. Operated from land bases and Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, each version of the Flanker is a little different, none more so than the all new Su-35 also included.
AIRSCENE, our monthly news section, covers the Boeing 787-10, the latest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, and a first look at three other new types; Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J, Embraer’s E195-E2 and Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 – a good month for new commercial types; the first deployment of the Eurofighter Typhoon by the Spanish Air Force; details the UH-60V Black Hawk; provides the first photos of a Royal Australian Air Force Pilatus PC-21; a show report of Aero India 2017 at Bangalore featuring the latest versions of India’s military aircraft; and the usual mix of commercial and military stories from around the world.
FEATURES this month include a profile of Texas-based Southwest Airlines, operator of the world’s largest 737 fleet; China’s Xi’an Y-20 transport aircraft (a Chinese version of the C-17 Globemaster III); the Royal Navy’s retirement of the Lynx HMA8; and some tasty research work underway by BAE Systems with a Jetstream J31.