THE A109A—AGUSTA-S PACESETTER - The Agusta A 109A multi-purpose helicopter is now well-established in production against both civil and military orders. Its rather protracted development is recalled in this account, and the current range of variants is described.
AN ARABIAN MAGIC CARPET - One of the British pilots engaged to fly Hunter and Lightning fighters for the Royal Saudi Air Force in the late 'sixties recounts the difficulties and delights of operating on the Saudi-Yemen border in the "Magic Carpet" programme.
SPITFIRES WITH SEA-BOOTS - Capt Eric Brown concludes his two-part account, in our "Viewed from the Cockpit" series, of the evolution and operation of the Seafire. This instalment covers the introduction of the folding-wing Seafire III and describes the Griffon-engined variants.
THAI-SHIPS - A colourful pictorial of the Canadair CL-215 multi-purpose amphibians as recently delivered to the Royal Thai Navy, which will use its new aircraft for in-shore patrols, search and rescue and general utility duties.
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.
THE MAN FROM MARS IN THE FOURTH ESTATE - Roy Braybrook, in another "Personal View", reflects on the vicissitudes of the aviation writer and journalist. 190 TALKBACK Readers of AIR INTERNATIONAL offer comments of general interest. 191 MODEL ENTHUSIAST Modelling comments, the latest kits reviewed and two pages of colour profiles of the Northrop F-5E Tiger II.
FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR INTERNATIONAL encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Euler Dreidecker (Type 3) to the Fairey F.2. 199 PLANE FACTS Answers to readers'enquiries from the AIR INTERNATIONAL files: the Mikoyan Ye-152A "Flipper".
IN PRINT - New aviation literature noted.
AIRDATA FILE - Technical data, photographs and general arrangement drawings for the Aircraft Designs Sheriff, Boeing 767 and Lockheed L-1011 -400.
FRONT COVER - An Agusta A 109A high-performance six-eight seat helicopter in the standard production configuration.