Final quarterly issue: No. 141

2019 Annual due to be published: 15 April 2019

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Propliner Aviation Magazine was first launched in January 1979 as a journal devoted to piston-engined and turboprop aircraft. The magazine concentrated upon those classic airliners of a bygone age, the magnificent Constellations, Britannias, Stratocruisers, Convairliners, Viscounts and Douglas piston types that once dominated the world’s air routes. Long since relegated to less glorious work, many of these fine aircraft still fly today, and our magazine rekindled memories of the golden era, whilst spotlighting the activities of contemporary piston and turboprop operators. Published quarterly, each issue contained over one hundred good quality photographs reproduced in black and white and colour, illustrating articles from all over the world. Regular features included ‘Prop News’ and ‘The Independents’, which kept readers abreast of developments both within the UK and elsewhere from around the globe. Produced purely as a hobby by a group of enthusiasts until March 2015, when publication ceased, back issues of “Propliner” remain available and can be bought through our Online Shop.

The fourth edition of the “Propliner” Annual will be the largest ever, with 144 mesmerising pages crammed with feature articles, news items and photographs galore. Three news sections are interspersed among twenty major features, with the Ruby Star Antonov An-12 fleet coming under the spotlight. Keith Gaskell travels to Oregon and reports on the world’s last operational Douglas DC-7 air tankers, while Karl Hayes relates some tales of woe at Shannon Airport nearly 60 years ago when groups of charter passengers were delayed for days on end by unserviceable or elusive ‘propliners’. Peter Marson chronicles the service history the Skyways Lockheed L-749 Constellation fleet, and Phil Lo Bao describes the formation of the Channel Islands first airlines. Tony Merton Jones follows the travels of Dan-Air Skymasters G-APID & G-ARXJ for the 1965 summer season, and Eamon Power describes how Aer Lingus became the third airline to commit to the purchase of Viscounts. Fred Barnes chronicles the efforts made by British Aerospace to sell 748s in the United States, Nigel Daw remembers the era of Airlines of South Australia Fokker Friendships, and Maurice Wickstead describes the many airlines that sprang up post-war in India. There are reports from the ‘Daks over Dallas’ Air Show and EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh by Michael Prophet and Howard Lee, while Martin Willing takes us back to his schooldays when he was fortunate to travel from West Africa to the UK aboard a succession of grand ‘propliners’, notably the Hermes, Argonaut, Stratocruiser and Britannia. Anthony Jarvis flies Buffalo Airways Electras for a living, and he gives us an insight into his daily routine of flying north into the Arctic Circle on missions many would find daunting. John Reeve recalls his younger days of employment at Coventry’s remarkable Baginton Airport, Murray Kirkus describes the gaggle of Dakotas that once flew with Manila’s motley selection of charter outfits, whilst also sharing some of his father’s magnificent period photographs of Rongotai Airport, Wellington. The background and current operation of the stunning Flying Bulls Douglas DC-6B is revealed by Ugo Vicenzi, who was treated to a flight to Farnborough aboard the airliner, and we spotlight the incredible activities of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Australia. There are some glorious colour photographs from the collection of Mike Hooks, a report on England’s gentler ‘propliners’, the Rapides, Dove, Prentice and others that still allow passengers to enjoy the delights of these charming aircraft, and Keith Simpson concludes his remarkable insight into the pioneering work in Australia’s Outback by Edward J. Connellan – the second part of a story that began in the 2018 Annual. Yet another great read!

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