Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
ARIABLE GEOMETRY TODAY - From being, ten years ago, a technology gimmick of somewhat dubious character, variable geometry has become today an accepted norm for aircraft of certain specific types, with clearly definable advantages and known penalties. Roy M Braybrook, BSc, CEng, AFRAeS, introduces this special issue devoted to variable geometry aircraft with a survey of the seven current aircraft (four Western, three Soviet) that use the swing-wing feature.
GRUMMAN'S FIRST SWINGING CAT - Currently responsible for production of the F-14A Tomcat a€ among the most successful applications of variable geometry to date a€" the Grumman company gained its first experience of swinging wings with another US Navy fighter that was far from successful. The fascinating story of the XF10F Jaguar is told in detail for the first time in this account by Richard DeMeis, BAe, MAe, AMAIAA. THE ANNALS OF THE POLYMORPH - The idea of varying an aircraft's aerodynamics in flight for the purpose of improving its performance is far from new and practical demonstrations of variable geometry in some form or other were first made more than 40 years ago. This first instalment of a two-part survey describes pre-war experiments in France and the Soviet Union. A WILD, WILD CAT ... The single prototype completed of the Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar made only 32 flights and each of those flights was an adventure.'as shown in this account by C H ""Corky"" Meyer, who was then chief engineering test pilot of Grumman and is now president of Grumman American Aircraft. 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. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profiles of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the World's fighter aircraft, from the Bristol 123 to Bristol Beaufighter I. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Grumman American Tiger and Sikorsky S-76.