Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
FACELIFT FOR THE NIMROD - The modification of Nimrods to the much improved MR Mk 2 variant is now getting into stride and the first of four RAF squadrons is operating the new type. This account describes the new features and a typical sortie in a Mk 2.
MALTA'S MODEST AIR ARM - The origins and present tasks of the Helicopter Flight of the Maltese Task Force are described in detail for the first time by our correspondent on the island, Richard Caruana. HUNTER: THIRTY YEARS YOUNG - It is 30 years since the Hawker Hunter made its first flight. The anniversary of arguably the most successful British jet fighter is marked by this account of its development by Roy Braybrook. BEAVERS IN THE BUSH - The prototype of the de Havilland Canada Beaver was recently retired after more than 30 years active service. As this report by Robert S Grant shows, several hundred Beavers are still giving valuable service in the Canadian bush. 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. SURVEY SKYVANS - Details of three Shorts Skyvans that are performing unusual r6les, by Karl Hayes. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers'enquiries from the AIR international files: Gotha Go145 and Bellanca YO-50. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profiles of the Hawker Hunter. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR INTERNATIONAL encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the GudkovGu-82 to the Hafeli MA-7. TALKBACK - Readers of AIR INTERNATIONAL offer comments of general interest. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the IPAI-26, -27, -28, -29 and -30, Canadair CL-601 Challenger, Mudry CAP-X, Aeritalia/Aerospatiale ATR 42 and Beechcraft Super King Air B200. FRONT COVER - Bell JetRanger 9H-AAJ of the Helicopter Flight of the Maltese Task Force over Grand Harbour, Valetta; immediately below can be seen St Angelo, formerly the Royal Navy HQ in Malta.