Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
IRSCENE - The monthly round-up of news and background to the news presented under section headings for Military Affairs, Civil Affairs, Aircraft and Industry and new Civil and Military Aircraft Contracts.
THE TREE-TOP WARRIORS - Virtually every Army of any size and importance now possesses its air component but the activities of these aviation branches of the ground forces rarely receive the publicity that usually attends those of the air forces. John Fricker provides an account of the development of one of the least-known Army air components, that of Pakistan which is now manufacturing some of its own aircraft. THE 40-YEAR-OLD NEWCOMER - This, the first in an occasional series entitled "Airline in Outline", describes the background and growth of British Caledonian Airways, the "British airline with a Scottish accent" favoured by the UK government as a "second force" in British air transport. ANTIPODEAN FINALE - The fast piston-engined single-seat fighter prototype to initiate a flight test programme, Australia's CA-15, was an anachronism at the time of its debut, but it was nevertheless an outstanding aeroplane, as this feature reveals. TO BERLIN BY NIGHT - Among the earliest Allied bombers to make an appearance in the night skies of Berlin during WW II was an aircraft that was little known at the time and has remained so ever since a€ the Yermolayev Yer-2. Hitherto the least-documented of WW II combat aircraft, the Yer-2 and its development is described here. A CAT FOR DOGFIGHTING - While the debut of the F-1S Eagle, three months ago was attended by much publicity, another recent US debutante intended to excel in the close-in, high-g environment of air-to-air combat, Northrop's F-5E Tiger II, has as yet been little publicised. If a less spectacular warplane than the Eagle, the Tiger II is rather more than just another F-5, as is explained by this feature. THE TAIL OF A SAGA - From the mid'twenties through the mid' thirties the development of the Curtiss Hawk fighter biplanes provided something of a saga in the annals of US military aviation, and the tail of this saga was provided by the Curtiss Hawk III, the last of the US fighter biplanes, described here and illustrated by a new cutaway drawing. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers' enquiries from the AIR enthusiast files: Chance Vought V-326: Canadair CL-2 North Star; Chance Vought V-143. TALK BACK - Readers of AIR enthusiast offer comments of general interest. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and a page of colour profile drawings of the Curtiss BF2C-1 and its export counterpart, the Hawk III. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. VETERAN AND VINTAGE - While both single-and two-seat late-vintage de Havilland Vampires are as yet by no means uncommon, the early single-seaters are extremely rare, and those that do exist are, with but one exception, confined to museums. That one exception, a Vampire Mk 3 restored to flying condition, provides the subject for this month's Veteran & Vintage column. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR enthusiast encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Aviatik (Berg) 30.14 to the Avimeta 88. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Dassault/Breguet Mystere 30, llyushin II-38, Saab 105G, Saab-MFl 17, Hawker Siddeley HS.125 Series 600 and Sikorsky SH-3H.