Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
KAWASAKI C 1: JAPAN'S MINI-STARLIFTER - The C-1, Japan's first post-war military transport, has now entered service with the Air Self-Defence Force. The evolution of this small but versatile tactical transport, the design and production of which has embraced the resources of the entire indigenous industry, is traced in this account by our Japanese correspondent, Eiichiro Sekigawa. B-1 TESTING TIME: Flight testing of the Rockwell B-1 supersonic swing-wing strategic bomber is progressing steadily at Edwards AFB, while the future of the programme is undercritical scrutiny on the other side of the continent in Washington. A brief progress report is included with this colour photo-spread. TRISLANDER: THE FIRST FIVE YEARS - The radical Britten-Norman Trislander third-level airliner has been produced in only small numbers so far, but as this account reveals, the production pace is now quickening as operating experience builds up. HEINKEL'S NOCTURNAL PREDATOR - Capt Eric Brown continues his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series with an account of the flying characteristics of the Heinkel He 219, the Luftwaffe's first purpose-built night fighter and one that proved particularly potent in the hands of qualified pilots. 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. PROJECT SKYWARDS: One of the most exotic, albeit stillborn, designs to emerge from World War II was the Australian "Fleep". Gp Capt Keith Isaacs, AFC, RAAF (Retd), describes for the first time how this experimental Jeep all but took to the air. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers' enquiries from the AIR international files: Napier-Heston Racer, and Kocherigin Dl-6. VETERAN AND VINTAGE - An account of the activities of the little-known storage and restoration facilities of the National Air and Space Museum at Silver Hill, by Dennis Norman. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profile drawings of the Nakajima Ki.43 Hayabusa. Regulars: 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 Caproni Bergamaschi CA 331 to the Caproni Vizzola F.5. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. AIR DATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Rhein Flugzeugbau AFI-2 Fantrainer, Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50, Aermacchi MB.339.