Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
A-37: CESSNA'S CUT-PRICE COMBATEER: As the costs of major weapon systems continue their inexorable upward spiral, interest grows in the application of lighter and cheaper aircraft that can fulfil a dual trainer/light strike role. Among the aircraft of this type currently in production is the Cessna A-37, described here by John Fricker.
THE PARADOX OF JAPAN'S MARITIME WINGS: AIR international's Japanese correspondent, Eiichiro Sekigawa, here reviews the development of naval aviation in Japan over the past 20-odd years, surveys the present status of the air component of the Maritime Self-Defence Force and outlines current procurement planning. NEIVA AND THE UNIVERSAL: One of the longest-established of Brazil's aircraft manufacturers, Sociedade Con- strutora Aeronautica Neiva, has specialised in the production of light military aircraft, including the Brazilian Air Forces' standard trainer, the T-25 Universal, as described here by Roberto Pereira de Andrade. FLYING THE 'PREGNANT PENCIL': Continuing his "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, Capt Eric Brown describes the flying characteristics of the Dornier Do 217, as sampled by him in the weeks immediately after the end of World War II. 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. TALKBACK: Readers of AIR international offer comments of general interest. MODEL ENTHUSIAST: Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profile drawings of the Dewoitine D.520. THE ANNALS OF THE POLYMORPH: The third and final instalment of the history of aeroplanes designed with the capability of varying their aerodynamics in flight in order to improve their performance envelope. Included this month is much previously unpublished information about British projects of the 'fifties and 'sixties, plus details of US, French and German work. FIGHTER A TO Z: Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the CAC Boomerang to CANT 25. IN PRINT: New aviation literature noted.