Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
THE VENOMOUS F-18 - Derived from the Northrop Cobra, the McDonnell Douglas Hornet recently made its debut at St Louis. Its evolution and characteristics are fully described here.
SOVIET SWING-WINGS - The MiG-23 is now one of the Soviet Union's most important warplanes, and one of three variable geometry types now in service with the Soviet Air Force. Roy Braybrook provides a survey of the MiG-23 family with exclusive new information. VALEDICTION FOR VETERAN VOUGHT - The Vought V-156-B, a version of the SB2U, saw brief service with Britain's Fleet Air Arm as the Chesapeake. Its flying characteristics and service career are here recalled by Capt Eric Brown. 282 FIVE GRAND FIGHTER - Part Two of our account of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom, more than 5,000 examples of which have now been delivered, describes the development of special versions for Britain and Germany, production in Japan and export of F-4s to other nations. 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 Military Contracts. ISRAEL'S NAVY GETS AIRBORNE - Our Washington correspondent reports from Israel on the birth of the air arm of the Israel Navy, and provides details of the specially-equipped Sea Scan version of the Westwind now in service. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profiles of the Douglas SBD Dauntless. TALKBACK - Readers of AIR INTERNATIONAL offer comments of general interest. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR INTERNATIONAL encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Fairey Fleetwing to Fairey Fulmar. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Aeritalia/Partenavia P-68T, Yakovlev Yak-52 and Cessna Citation III. FRONT COVER A close-up of the nose of one of the six MiG-23s equipping a formation of the Soviet Air Force that earlier this year made a courtesy visit to Finland and to France (Photo by P Steinemann).