Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
NDIA AND THE MIG-21 - Fifteen years after they took shape on drawing boards 10,000 miles apart, the MiG-21 and the Lockheed F-104 met in combat for the first time over the Gulf of Kutch. The event came as locally-produced MiG-21 s of the Indian Air Force resisted the attacks of the Pakistan Air Force a€ operations which are fully described in this account of Indian production and use of the MiG-21, by our local correspondent, Pushpindar Chopra.
TRISTAR-THROUGH TRIBULATION TO TRIUMPH - The Lockheed TriStar, launched in 1968 on a wave of enthusiasm as the aeroplane that would restore Lockheed's commercial status, nearly broke the company two years later - and the effort to produce its RB.211 engines took Rolls Royce Ltd over the brink of bankruptcy. Now, the TriStar is emerging triumphantly from its period of tribulation, as related in detail in these pages. A DIAMOND FOR THE DUTCH - The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrates its Diamond Jubilee on 1 July. Our report to mark the occasion includes a tabulation of all the aircraft that have served with the. KLu, and an illustrated account of its current equipment, organisation, and future plans. WHIRLWIND - FIRST OF THE FOUR-CANNON FIGHTERS - It wasn't one of World War Us most successful fighters, but the Westland Whirlwind was of special interest on several counts, and not least because it was designed to. a far-sighted official specification which, written in 1935, called for the then exceptionally heavy armament of four 20-mm cannon. The Whirlwind is fully described here in our ""Warbirds"" series, with a new cutaway drawing, and H A ""Tony"" Taylor contributes a ""Viewed from the Cockpit"" item. AIRSCENE The Monthly round-up of news and background to the news. THE UNDECLARED AIR WAR - Eiichiro Sekigawa contributes the third and final instalment of his account of the air war that formed a part of the ""Nomonhan Incident"", a little-known but violent conflict between Soviet and Japanese air and ground forces on the Khalkhin Gol during 1939. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and a colour plate of the Fiat CR 42. PLANE FACTS - Answers to reader's enquiries, from the AIR enthusiast files: Airspeed AS.39, GAL 38, Saab 21 R. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR enthusiast encyclopasdia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Bernard H 52 to the Blackburn Lincock.