Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
NE THOUSAND LEARJETS a€ AND A LONGHORN OR TWO - On 28 March, Gates Learjet delivered its one thousandth Learjet, and rolled out the first production Longhorn 50-series. Details of the Longhorn 50 and a history of the Learjet family are included in this comprehensive article.
BRITAIN'S AMERICANS - As part of its presence in Europe, the US Air Force maintains three combat Wings in the United Kingdom, together with a number of support squadrons and other miscellaneous units. The role and equipment of the USAF in the UK are here described by Lindsay Peacock. FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS - In the penultimate article in the ""Fundamentals of Design"" series, BRA Burns takes a brief look at the evolution of flying control systems and reviews the importance of fly- by-wire and CCV for the combat aircraft of today and tomorrow. LAST OF THE WARTIME 'CATS' - Capt Eric Brown describes, in his ""Viewed from the Cockpit"" series on Naval aircraft of World War II, the Grumman F8F Bearcat, a fighter that he found to be almost viceless... 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. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and twb pages of colour profiles of the Supermarine Spitfire I, II and V. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Friedrichshafen FF54to General Dynamics F-111 (and Engels M1). TALKBACK - Readers of AIR international offer comments of general interest. PLANE FACTS - Answers to readers' enquiries from the AIR international files: Yugoslavia's S-49 series, Supermarine Type 545 and Avro Lancaster VII. IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted. FRONT COVER - The Gates Learjet Longhorn 50-series prototype on an early test flight during 1979.