Aeroplane Monthly 1979-11
News Spotlight
McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet 160779, the fifth of its type, is the first to be equipped, with the Hughes APG-65 nose radar.
The Medway branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society has now completed restoration of Spitfire Mk XVI TB752 at Rochester Airport, and it has been returned to RAF Manston for painting in the colours of 66(F) Squadron.
Yak-36 Forger V/Stol aircraft aboard the Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev are readied for flight during an exercise in the Mediterranean in August. Most of the aircraft are Forger As, the single-seat combat version.
The first of 28 Boeing 737Xs ordered by British Airways began flight trials at Seattle in mid-September 1979. All should be delivered by early 1981.
On August 30 1979 Sikorsky rolled out their SH-60B Seahawk. Featuring the Light Airborne Multi-purpose System (LAMPS) III, the helicopter is an airborne sensor and weapons platform.