The most recognisable of the V-bombers, the Vulcan was an impressive aircraft for its time and remains so to this day, being a favourite of airshow audiences both old and young. The type incorporated many advances in technology and aerodynamics, yet it was designed in the years just after WW ll to a challenging requirement to fly long distances and drop nuclear bombs on cities in the heart of the Warsaw Pact countries. Thankfully the only war in which the Vulcan ever participated was a conventional one - the Falklands War in 1982.
With more than 1 400 examples built, the Mirage III saw combat all over the world and was a tremendous commercial success. Would Dassault Aviation's Mirage 2000 be a worthy successor to the company's most famous military aircraft?
Cessna Caravan Supervan conversion
The standard turbine engine in the older factory Cessna Caravan is the P&W PT6-114A, developing 675 Shaft Horse Power (SHP), with the later model Caravan EX having its standard engine upgraded to the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A, rated at 867 SHP. The aim of the Texas Turbine conversion, utilising the Honeywell (Garrett) TPE331-12JR, continuously rated at 900 SHP, is to replace older P&W 675 engines that have reached the second third of their lives.