THE SEA HARRIER LOOKS AHEAD - The Royal Navy has to date ordered 57 single-seat Sea Harriers and others have been delivered to the Indian Navy. Their current status, and plans for a mid-life update of the Sea Harrier, are outlined in an article by Paul Jackson.
RELUCTANT SAMURAI - In a two-part article, we review the circumspect modernisation of Japan's armed forces. This month's instalment deals with the Air Self-Defence Force; next month, the Naval and Army air arms will be described.
THE ONE-O-WONDER - McDonnell's F-101 Voodoo is the subject of a "War-bird" feature by Lindsay Peacock, describing the origins and mixed fortunes of an aircraft that eventually gave the USAF good service in a role for which it had not originally been conceived.
PARIS AIRDATA FILE - The specially-enlarged biennial section in which we describe and illustrate many of the aircraft about which first or revised details became available at the recent Paris Air Show, from the mighty An-124 to the diminutive Partenavia P86.
AIRSCENE - The monthly round-up of news and background to the news presented under section headings for Military Affairs, Aircraft and Industry, Civil Affairs and new Civil and Military Aircraft Contracts.
FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Macchi M.6to Macchi M.41 bis.
TALKBACK - Readers of AIR international offer comments of general interest.
MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and a page of colour profiles on the Curtiss SBC Helldiver.
FRONT COVER - A Mitsubishi T-2 basic jet trainer in the colours of the "Blue Impulse" acrobatic team of the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force.