Cover: The Airbus A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, was in Bolivia recently where it performed a
series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around
8 300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13 300 feet. (See full story on Page 44).
THE SOUTH African Air Force’s elite aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, staged a welcome return to the skies recently after a tumultuous past few months.
The elite and world-class team made its return at the recent Rand air show now dubbed the Grand Rand Show. This followed some months after the SAAF had originally announced that the team was to be disbanded and would no longer be seen at air shows around the country.
BRITISH AIRWAYS brought its largest, most modern aircraft, the Airbus A380, to South Africa
recently prior to inaugurating its regular services between London and Johannesburg, as well as using the opportunity to provide crew training which involved some 80 separate flight.
Back to basics, but still with a powerful sting - WITH THE cost of hi‐tech, ultrastealth, super‐fast combat fighters going “through the roof” and reaching a level almost beyond that which even the super powers can afford, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with an almost universally affordable jet fighter/ bomber......
RAF “classics” retire 44-THE BRITISH Royal Air Force recently hosted a “photo-call” at Brize Norton AFB to mark the forthcoming retirement of three
long-serving transport and tanker aircraft. They were the Vickers VC10, which flew its final air-to-air refuelling sortie soon afterwards, the Lockheed C-130K Hercules which was due to stand
A400M cuts its operational teeth on flight to Mali THE SECOND Airbus Military A400M
“Atlas” to have been delivered to the French Air Force (MSN8), performed the very first operational deployment of the world’s new standard airlifter recently when it transported seven 463‐L military pallets and 22 personnel with a total weight of 22 tonnes (48 500 lb) from Orléans Air Base, in France, to Bamako, Mali, a distance of 2 200 nautical miles non‐stop.