Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
ELICOPTER UPS AND DOWNS - Introducing an issue devoted to rotary-winged aircraft, AIR INTERNATIONAL reviews the state of the market for military and civil helicopters in the Western world, and shows that there are signs of recovery after a lean period, aided by growth in new applications as well as long-established roles.
INDIANS FROM ARIZONA - Deliveries have recently begun of the Hughes AH-64A Apache from a brand-new assembly facility at Mesa, Arizona. The characteristics of this important new attack helicopter are described. HIND a€ OVERPOWERING OR OVERRATED? - Possibly the most potent attack helicopter available to any air arm today is the Mil-24 Hind, the evolution and multiple variants of which are described and assessed here. COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY HELICOPTERS OF THE WORLD - A type-by-type review featuring 59 types of helicopter in production or under development throughout the world, including data and three-view drawings. 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. HENRICH FOCKE'S SINGULAR KITE - The first instalment of a detailed and authoritative account of the Focke Achgelis Fa 223 Drache, one of the first successful helicopters to enter production, and already operational when the war ended. FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Lavochkin La-190 to Letord 6. MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and one page of colour profiles on the H'ughes 500 family of helicopters. FRONT COVER A Hughes AH -64A Apache displays its aggressive profile, with Chain Gun, Hellfire missiles and air-to-ground rockets at the ready.