Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
NORTHROP'S NEW GENERATION - About to begin its flight tests, the Northrop YF-17 is one of the two new lightweight fighter designs ordered by the USAF for a full-scale evaluation of the capabilities of such simplified warplanes in the air superiority r6le. The YF-17 is fully described and a new cutaway drawing is presented.
AUSTRALIAN AIR POWER - As it enters its 54th year the Royal Australian Air Force finds itself subjected to major reductions in manpower and operational capability at the hands of a new government. Gp Capt Keith Isaacs, AFC, RAAF Retd, discusses the political background to this "time of crisis" and describes the current status of the RAAF. DAY OF THE EAGLE - Named for the predatory bird that is symbolic of the USA itself, the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is now well into its flight test phase, having overcome various political and technical obstacles to its progress. David W H Godfrey here provides the most comprehensive description of the Eagle yet published, and we present an exclusive cutaway drawing. BEAUFIGHTER - The second and concluding part of our "Warbirds" feature on the versatile Bristol twin describes the later variants, and H A Taylor contributes a recollection of its characteristics in the popular "Viewed from the Cockpit" series. 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. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR enthusiast international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Boeing F5B-1 to the Borel-Boccaccio Type 3000. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers'enquiries from the AIR enthusiast international files: Beardmore Inflexible and SNCASE SE 200. INTERNATIONAL SERVICE MARKINGS - The second instalment of an AIR enthusiastinternational compendium of national insignia in full colour. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and a page of colour drawings of the Messerschmitt Bf 109B and Bf 109D. TALKBACK - Readers of AIR enthusiastinternational offer comments of general interest. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted.