Piotr Butowski reports on the first flight of a brand-new Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber and other strategic strike capabilities under development in Russia.
Mark Broadbent profiles the Boeing 787-10, the third Dreamliner variant, which offers more seats and more cargo capacity.
Gert Kromhout describes one of America’s most important military units in Europe, the 352nd Special Operations Wing.
Chris Kjelgaard reports how comprehensive adoption of advanced IT systems and an unusual opportunity are combining to fuel growth for the New Zealand regional carrier Sounds Air.
THE ART OF SPECIAL OPS
Jan Kraak reports from Mont-de-Marsan, France, on the latest edition of the Armée de l’Air’s Exercise Athena, a pre-deployment training event for Special Forces involving a range of transport aircraft and helicopters.
Mark Broadbent looks at the reasons why legacy Airbus A330 versions are still popular and the recent systems upgrades which are keeping this workhorse twin-jet airliner fresh.
DEADLY BLACK EAGLES
Dick Wels visited the 435th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, to find out about the efforts being taken by the US Air Force to improve its training and resolve its pilot shortage.
A321LR’s maiden flight, Mi-171E2 tests, Lufthansa’s new look and conformal tanks for the F-15C.
SINGAPORE AIR SHOW
The major stories from Changi.
Nigel Pittaway spoke with Airbus representatives about the company’s forecast for the Pacific region.
UPS AND DOWNS
Piotr Butowski reviews the results of Russia’s aircraft industry for 2017.
A-10C wings, ISR plan, Portuguese Alpha Jets retire, Hürkuş-B flies, Russia build-up, Japan’s first operational F-35A.
Chen Chuanren visited Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to witness Forging Sabre, an integration exercise conducted by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Ian Harding watched the final Lynx helicopters bow out of UK military service.
H215, Spanish Tigres, Russian deliveries.
No A350 stretch yet, Boeing 737 MAX roll-out, biofuels research, Virgin Galactic glide.
UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Urban air mobility demonstrators, VSR700 trial, Boeing’s cargo UAV.
INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
Enhanced ISR role for F-35, Harfang retires.
Argentine Etendards, resources and a centenary.
Leonardo’s industrial plan.
Sukhoi’s Su-57: ready to shoot missiles?
US AIR FORCE
Tip of a melting iceberg, and a year of change for the F-35.
Fleet replacement detachments, Blackjacks and Minotaur.
Changes to naval aviation training.
Engine-makers CFM and Pratt & Whitney post strong results.
Last G450 and G500, G600 update.
BELL’S ASIAN WINS
Lots of orders for the Bell 505 in Asia.
A new Superjet version and fuel-saving winglets are in the works.
KISS OF LIFE
The A380 gets a lifeline from the Gulf.
A trade victory for the C Series.