Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
LIGHTWEIGHT FIGHTER - The General Dynamics YF-16 is one of the two new combat aircraft now in flight test under the USAF Lightweight Fighter programme, which may lead in due course to the introduction of this category of warplane into operational service. The YF-16 configuration is fully described and illustrated in this article, which includes a cutaway drawing.
A DAY OUT WITH ROTHMANS - A combination of the world's most aerobatic aeroplanes and four of the world's outstanding acrobatic pilots makes the Rothman's Aerobatic Team just about "the greatest show off earth". John Fricker recently flew with the team and here presents his impression of an interlude which "adds a new dimension to any aviator's experience". FLY WITH A STING - The Gnat light fighter has proved to be one of the most cost-effective weapons in the inventory of the Indian Air Force. From New Delhi, AIR international's correspondent Pushpindar Chopra describes the production and operational record of the Gnat in India. TRUSTY TRI-MOTOR - John Stroud tells the story of the Junkers Ju 52/3m in its original civil guise, describing its evolution from the early single-engined version, the heydays of its airline service and its final post-war fling, by which time it was outmoded but still giving faithful service. AIRSCENE - 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. FRONT OFFICE EVOLUTION - Concluding his six-part survey of flight deck development, L F E Coombs discusses the trends that can be expected to influence cockpit designs in the next decade or so. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Brandenburg W 33 to Breda 27. FLYING THE CURTISS P-40s - A further contribution to our popular "Viewed from the Cockpit" series by H A "Tony" Taylor, in which he recalls the characteristics of the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk as used by the RAF in the early years of World War II. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profile drawings of the Martin B-10 series. TALKBACK - Readers of AIR international offer comments of general interest. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers' enquiries from the AIR international files: Grumman AF-2 Guardian. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the RFB Fanliner, Bell XV-15 and Sikorsky S-70.