FROM CHALLENGER TO WINNER - The Canadair Challenger, recently embarked on its test programme, looks like a winner. AIR INTERNATIONAL describes the background of this new entry in the biz-jet market and reports from Montreal on the present status of the programme.
COMBAT AIRCRAFT SPECTRUM - Roy Braybrook takes an objective look at the wide range of aircraft, from the AS.202 Bravo and British Aerospace Bulldog to the Panavia Tornado and Fairchild A-10, now available for operation in the ground attack role.
POISED TO STRIKE - John Fricker describes the flying characteristics and the export potential of the British Aerospace Hawk, one of the most promising of the new generation of trainer/strike aircraft now in production.
A BELGIAN RARAAVIS - Forty years ago, in April 1938, the first flight was made of an aircraft that was in line to become the world's first pressurised airliner. As this account by Herman De Wulf recalls, fate decreed otherwise when the Renard R-35's maiden flight ended in disaster.
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.
TALKBACK - Readers of AIR INTERNATIONAL offer comments of general interest.
MODEL ENTHUSIAST - Modelling comments and the latest kits reviewed.
SPITFIRES WITH SEA-LEGS - The Seafire was the most significant British fighter to serve with the Fleet Air Arm during World War II. The initial versions of this navalised Spitfire are described in this first part of a "Viewed from the Cockpit" feature by Capt Eric Brown.
FIGHTER A TO Z - Continuing the AIR INTERNATIONAL encyclopaedia of the world's fighter aircraft, from the Engineering Division PW-1 to Euler Dreidecker (Type 2).
FRONT COVER: British Aerospace Hawk T Mk 1 (XX191) of the RAF's Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Brawdy, carrying a SNEB rocket pod, Universal bomb carrier with 28-lb (12,7kg) practice bombs and centreline 30-mm gun pod.