AIRBUS: THE FAMILY GROWS - The A320 entered flight test late in February as the newest member of the Airbus family. Meanwhile, the larger A340 is on the brink of a full-scale launch, while sales of the original A300 have been boosted by an order from American Airlines.
POLAND'S NOVEL TUITIONAL TRIO - From ab initio to advanced, the military pilot training programme of the Polish Air Force is expected to be given a new look through the production of at least two of the new aircraft described here: the I-22, the Iskierka and the Turbo Orlik.
SWISS REVISE FLYING TRAINING - The British Aerospace Hawk has been chosen to replace the venerable de Havilland Vampires still used to train pilots for the Swiss Air Force. Pending their arrival, the training curriculum has been revised, as described here.
RAF PREPARES FOR TUCANO - The first Tucano T Mk 1 trainers off the Shorts assembly line in Belfast are now flying and, as described here by John Fricker, essential preliminary steps are being taken to allow the type to enter full-scale service during 1988.
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.
TUPOLEV BEAR - Part Two of the "In Soviet Service ..." account of a major Soviet warplane.
FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR international encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the MiG-23 to Miles M.24 Master.
HALF-CENTURY HURRICANE - Part Two of the "Warbirds" feature, marking the 50th anniversary of the entry into service of the famous Hawker fighter.
MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and a page of colour profiles of the Lockheed S-3A Viking.
TALKBACK - Readers of AIR international offer comments of general interest.
IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted.
FRONT COVER - The Boeing 727 with General Electric GE-36 Unducted Fan (UDF), on which a 25-flight test programme totalling 41 hrs in the air was recently completed and fuel savings of 40 to 70 per cent demonstrated.