Air International 1992-10
Farnborough 92 Report
Although by no means a new design, the first showing in the West of the impressive Tu-22M-3 'Backfire' strategic bomber generated considerable interest, as evidenced by the crowds around it.
Displayed for the first time in the UK was this full-scale mock-up of the proposed 19-passenger commercial Sikorsky S-92C which was officially unveiled last March 1992. A military variant, the S-92M, is also planned.
One of the first examples of Anglo-Soviet co-operation to get airborne, the RB211-powered Tupolev Tu-204, CCCP-64006, flew daily in the flying display.
Prototype Canadian Forces CC-130T two-point refuelling tanker conversion, 130339, shortly after arrival at Farnborough.
Also making its debut at Farnborough, Kamov’s Ka-50 'Hokum', in an overall black scheme with 'Werewolf' titling on the fin, did not achieve the expected impact at the Show due to being relegated to static display only throughout the week.
Cutaway of the PAZ aerial refuelling pod, three of which equipped the Il-78 'Midas' tanker aircraft at the Show, one mounted under each wing and the third on the port side of the lower rear fuselage. A single pod can also be carried on the fuselage centreline station of the Su-24 'Fencer' and in the tunnel between the engines of the Su-27 'Flanker', enabling either aircraft to operate in the 'buddy-buddy' role. Key to illustration:- 1 Retractable intake plug. 2 Electrical de-icing. 3 Intake plug hydraulic actuator. 4 Ram air turbine. 5 Turbopump. 6 Ram air turbine exhaust. 7 Hydraulic ground connections and gauges. 8 Fuel delivery line. 9 Fuel feed from carrier aircraft. 10 Hydraulic reservoirs. 11 Electronics equipment. 12 Non-return valve. 13 Mounting spigot. 14 Hose-drum unit. 15 Intake door, open. 16 Air-driven hose-drum motor. 17 Intake door jack. 18 Basket, stowed. 19 'Traffic' lights.
Underside of the sole surviving Yak-141 'Freestyle' prototype during its only flying display, on the Thursday of the Show, although a pre-show validation flight had also been undertaken. Apparent between the tail booms in this view is the huge downward deflected exhaust nozzle of the R-79 turbofan.
HAL ALH prototype, Z-3182, which officially made its first flight on August 30, 1992 and is due to enter service with all the Indian military services in addition to being offered as a civil utility helicopter.