Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
THE STRATOLINER STORY - In the first of a two-part article, Mike Hardy recounts the introduction into service of the first airliner with cabin pressurisation.
UPGRADES: THE FIGHTER'S FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - Reduced defence budgets and modular avionics systems are giving fighters a new lease of life. In the first of a two-part feature, Paul Jackson describes the F-5 and MiG-21 upgrade programmes. AIRSCENE - Military, commercial and aerospace industry news from around the world with the major stories highlighted. AQUA BOMBERS - Forest fires cause devastation every year. Arthur Pearcy Jr describes the fire bombers currently in service in western Europe and the United States. LYNX IN NORWAY - Dave Saunders joins the Royal Marines on a TOW firing deployment. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Embraer EMB-145, PZL Kobra, Cessna 750 Citation X, MDH MD Explorer and Fairchild MMSA. ROMANIAN STAR - Danut Vied charts the 40-year history of Aerostar. CHINOOK UPDATE - Throughout Its life, the Chinook has received updates to increase its operational capability. Patrick Allen describes the current improvement programmes. FIGHTER A-Z - Continuing the AIR International encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, this month covers the Sud- Ouest Espadon, Narval, Vautour UN, Trident and Trident II. UNFULFILLED PROMISES - Frank B Mormillo describes the two ill-fated air racers Tsunami and Pond Racer. TALK BACK - Readers letters on subjects carried in past issues of the magazine and of general interest. BALKAN TREASURES - Conveniently situated at Plovdiv airport, this aviation museum contains a wealth of fascinating aircraft, as described by Tony Morris. IN PRINT Reviews of some recent books received. TAROM FACES COMPETITION - With the introduction of privatisation, Gunter Endress- reports on the challenges to Romania's flag-carrier. BANG YOU'RE ALIVE - Mike Gething describes the current aircraft escape systems and outlines their history. FRONT COVER - No 18 Squadron HC Mkl Chinook, ZD575 'BL', prior to receiving its mid-life update.