Air Pictorial 1956-02
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Still unnamed, the de Havilland D.H.110 has been accepted by the Royal Navy as a two-seat, all-weather strike fighter for carrier operations. This view shows the temporary nose probe, as well as the new one-piece dive brake under the fuselage, in line with the wing root. The leading-edge devices are carriers for stores.
Latest variant of the standard piston-engine basic trainer North American T-28 is the T-28C for the U.S. Navy. The cockpit canopy differs from the earlier U.S. Navy T-28B and the U.S .A.F. T-28A, and the T-28C has a revised rear (ventral) fuselage outline to incorporate a deck-landing hook.
Recent visitor to Prestwick was this Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune of the R.C.A.F. in Arctic markings. Wingtips and tailplane are red, and rest of wings and fuselage blue. P2V-7s of the R.C.A.F. are equipped with an M.A.D stinger tail and have under-wing rocket racks.
Recently revealed by the U.S.A.F. is this escape capsule which was originally designed for the Convair F-102. After the ejection sequence is set into motion the pilot and seat are moved from an upright to a supine position. The pilot can then withstand the 12g ejection loads imposed on him when the capsule is fired from the aeroplane.
The U.S.A.F. has recently introduced a revised system of identification markings for fighters and fighter/bombers. Formerly the lettering U.S. Air Force appeared on the fin and rudder above the serial number. As this photograph of a new production Republic F-84F-56-RE Thunderstreak shows, the lettering has been removed to the front fuselage and the last digit of the contract year (52-7010) has now been dropped from the tail serial. Similarly the "buzz number" (FS-010) formerly on the nose is now to the rear of the national insigne.
A recent production Gloster JavelIn F(AW) Mk.I is portrayed against a fine panoramic cloudscape.
This Martin Mariner is being used to test the practicality of the hydro-ski for large seaplanes. The ski absorbs landing shocks better than the conventional vee-bottom hull.
One of the few remaining Fokker D-Vlls, which is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in America.
The Bell XV-3 convertiplane has made many flights with the twin rotors in the upright position but has yet to convert them for forward flight.
First photograph of the Auster Agricola, which has been designed for aerial fertilising. Engine is a 240-h.p. Continental.
This Supermarine 508 was spotted on the way to the breakers' yard.
The Fairey Ultra-Light Helicopter is a communications and observation aircraft suitable ror operation in any terrain: simple, transportable in a standard 3-ton truck, economical both in fuel and skilled maintenance requirements.
It carries a crew or two and its primary functions include A.O.P., Staff transport and communications, tactical reconnaissance and traffic control.
Power unit... One Blackburn-Turbomeca Palouste Gas Turbine
Data: Span 28 ft.; length 27 ft.; height 6ft. 3 in.; wing area 140 sq. ft.; wing-loading (trainer) 22 Ib./sq. ft.; diving speed 460 m.p.h.; take-off weight 3,600 lb.
Restored in all its glory, this British-registered Zaunkoenig is a credit to the owners.