A Lockheed Martin F-35 is the cover star of Flight International’s last issue of the year and festive special (17 December – 6 January), with an exclusive by our Americas bureau chief Stephen Trimble on Pratt & Whitney’s growth path for the F135 turbofan engine that powers the Joint Strike Fighter.
Also in our festive-flavoured issue, 11 aircraft designs that could have changed aviation but failed to take off, from the Shorts S-32 to the Sonic Cruiser.
Plus, Uncle Roger’s Festive Quiz. How well have you been following the industry this year and do you really know your aircraft? There are 100 points to be won – but if you get close to that score we’d be worried about what else you manage to fit into your brain.
How far are we from pilotless airliners? Not that far, believes David Learmount. He has been talking to industry experts about their views on the prospects for remotely-controlled cockpits.
And Max Kingsley-Jones has been visiting an old Cold War air base, frozen in time, once home to our flight test pilot Mike Gerzanics and his USAF F-111 squadron and current home to Flight International’s deep-stored archives.