GRUMMAN F9F-8P COUGAR. Three versions of the F9F have, so far, been converted to a photographic reconnaissance role: the F9F-5 Panther, the F9F-6 Cougar, and the F9F-8 Cougar. The latter aircraft is the one described here. The total time needed to develop this version was some eight months and six days, from the first mock-up stage to the first flight of the prototype on 21st August 1955. In order to save time, and to be able to study the aerodynamic problems involved at the same time that the prototype was building. a standard F9F-8 was modified up to '-P standard and flight tested. It is claimed for this machine that it can fly coast-to-coast across the United States non-stop, and produce a continuous photograph of the whole route, covering a belt nearly ten miles wide.
Salient features: With the exception of the lengthened and oddly-shaped nose section of the fuselage, this aircraft is a standard F9F-8 airframe. This nose contains a battery of semi-automatic cameras, built by Fairchild Camera, Chicago Aerial Industries and Instrument Corporation . The installation of photographic gear made it necessary to remove the normal armament altogether. Tankage is similar to the fighter version, with a similar provision for two 150-gallon droptanks below the wings . The F9F-8P is supersonic in the dive .
GRUMMAN F9F-8P COUGAR. Data: Manufacturer : The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. Powerplant : one Pratt and Whitney J48-P8 Turbo-Wasp (Rolls-Royce Tay) of 7.250 lb. static thrust at take-off; afterburner fitted. Accommodation: one. Dimensions: span 34 ft. 6 in. : length 45 ft . (about) ; height 12 ft . 3 in . Weights: normal loaded about 20.000 lb. Performance: maximum speed 712 m.p.h. (about). No other performance figures available .
Lancaster NX739 photographed at Blackbushe aerodrome by J. M. Wilde of New Barnet, Herts.
GRUMMAN TF-1 TRADER. By removing the submarine hunter-killer gear from the S2F Tracker and using the basic airframe of this series on which to hang the necessary modifications. Grumman have provided the U.S. Navy with a new supply aircraft for its carrier fleet, which has begun to replace the aged Avengers of the Fleet Logistic Air Wings. The TF-1 Trader made its first flight in January 1955 and is already in service with the U.S. Navy; its duties include cargo or passenger carrying. training and utility work. Power units are identical on all models, but in place of the sonobuoys carried in the rear part of the nacelle of the S2F, the TF-1 stows liferafts.
Salient features : A completely new fuselage, broader and deeper, has been designed for this machine, and seats nine passengers in rearward-facing seats. Alternatively a special cage for cargo can be fitted, designed to protect loads against the abnormal stresses of carrier landings . Vertical tail surfaces are the same for all models, but the TF-1 has a tailplane of 4 ft . 1 3/4 in . greater span.Total length is3 in. less than on the S2F. Photograph shows an S2F Tracker of the Royal Canadian Navy.
GRUMMAN TF-1 TRADER. Data : Manufacturer : The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. Power : two Wright R-1820-82 Cyclone 9 piston engines of 1.525 h.p. each, built by Lycoming. Accommodation: crew four (S2F), nine passengers. Dimensions : span 69 ft. 8 in.; length 42 ft .; height 16 ft . 3t in . No other data released.
The fins of the PV-1 bear civil registration N7538; U.S. Navy serial 33202, and the numbers 34626 under the tailplane end plate.
Looking battered and bruised, the PV-1 Ventura awaits delivery to Howard Aero Inc., of Texas, who will convert it into a slick Super-Ventura luxury transport.
AIR CARGO FAIRCHILD C.82A-FA PACKET - One of the surplus U.S.A.F. Troop Carrier Packets has now been bought by the small Mexican company, Guest Aerovias Mexico, S.A. (Guest Airways, Mexico. Ltd.), of Mexico City, which operates L.749 Constellation and DC-4 services to Panama, Miami and Ontario. President is Senhor W. Guest. Staff, 252; cargo. 673,000 ton/km. flown in 1954 and 19.103 passengers carried. This C-82A-FA (ex-45-57747). as the inscription "Aerocargo" on the main wheel doors indicates, is to be used for air cargo operations.
CESSNA CH-1A - First picture to be released of the new four-seat Model CH-1A (N5156), now in production at Prospect, Wichita, Kansas. This all-metal helicopter is essentially the same as the first two-seat prototype. the CH-1, which flew in July 1953. In turn, the CH-1 was developed from the Seibel Helicopter Company's S-4A Skyhawk (U.S .Army YH-24) and the S-4B of 1951 - Seibel being absorbed by Cessna in March 1952. Features of the CH-1A include the 360-degree vision "car-type" canopy; high-mounted tail rotor, and the nose-siting of t he 260-h .p. Continental FSO-470-A flat-six, aircooled motor. The FSO-470-A engine is supercharged to provide 260 h.p. from sea-level to 10,000 ft . at an a.u.w. of 3.000 lb., with cruise of 100-120 mp.h ., and range 290 miles . Rotor diameter 35 ft ., length (overall) 42 ft. 8 in .
The second prototype Vickers-Supermarine N.113, serial WT859 will be seen at Farnborough. Power is provided by two late-model Rolls-Royce Avons.
PIAGGIO P.136. The Piaggio P.136 has been produced, so far, in three different versions. The standard type, in production for the Italian Air Force as an air-sea rescue machine, is being built at Finale-degura, one of the three Piaggio plants in Italy. Fourteen training and reconnaissance P.136s have already been delivered . First flight of the prototype took place late in 1945. After the certification tests had been completed in 1949, one machine was ordered by the Italian Government, and after testing it, they ordered the fourteen referred to above in 1950. Some three years later, the manufacturing licence for the United States was acquired by the Royal Aircraft Corporation of Milwaukee, who are building two civil versions, the P.136L and P. 136L-1. See below for differences. The American version goes by the name of Royal Gull .
PIAGGIO P.136. Data: Manufacturer : Royal Aircraft Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Piaggio & C. S.p.A ., Genoa, Italy. Power plant: two 215-h.p. Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (P.136), two 260-h .p. Lycoming GO-435-C-2 Six-cylinder (P.136L) or two 270-h .p. Lycoming GO-480-B (P.136L-1). Fuel : one 110-Imp. gallon fuselage tank (P.136) or two totalling 158 1/2 Imp. gallons (P.136L and 'L-1). Accommodation : pilot and four passengers. Dimensions : span 44 ft . 4 1/2 in.; length 35 ft. 5 in.: height 12 ft . 3 1/2 in . Weights: (loaded) 5,500 lb . (P.136), 5,940 lb. (P.136L), 6,000 lb . (P.136L-1). Performance: maximum speed 175 m.p.h./178 m.p.h./182 1/2 m.p.h. : cruising speed 149 m.p.h./156 1/2 m.p.h./164 1/2 m.p.h. Service ceiling : 16,700 ft ./17,717 ft ./19,685 ft. Range with 500 lb. payload: 770 miles/777 miles/808 miles. Maximum range of P.136L-1 : 1,056 miles .
SUPERMARINE SWAN. Swan military flying-boat (two 360-h.p. Rolls-Royce Eagle IX). Span 69 ft . 0 in. ; length 37 ft. 4 in; wing area 1.280 sq. ft. Empty weight 7.800 lb.; loaded 11.900 lb. Max. speed 93 m.p.h.; cruising 85 m.p .h.; stalling 45 m.p.h. Range 300 miles .
Swan military flying-boat (two 450-h .p. Napier Lion). Same characteristics as above except : Empty weight 9.170 lb.; loaded 12.830 lb. Max. speed 105 m.p.h.; cruising 92 m.p.h.
Swan transport flying-boat (two 450-h .p. Napier Lion). Two crew and ten passengers. Same characteristics as above except: Empty weight 10. 114 lb.; loaded 13.710 lb .
THE All-YELLOW "Yellow Jacket" is a single-seat sportsplane designed and built by the brothers Bruce and Gilbert Pitt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since this photograph was taken, "bullet" cowls have been added to streamline the jutting four cylinders of the 85-h.p . Continental C-85-8 motor. The balanced proportions of the overall design belie the dimensions - span 14 ft. and length 19 ft . The wingtips and tail assembly have chord-wise black stripes in imitation of the "Yellow Jacket" - a trans-Atlantic cousin to our own British picnic wasp. The Pitt Yellow Jacket prototype (N5745N-exp'l.) has clocked 150 m.p.h . and cruises comfortably at 130 m.p.h.
На базе Latecoere 298 был создан многоцелевой самолет корабельного базирования Latecoere 299, построенный, правда, лишь в двух экземплярах.
An almost unknown type was the Latecoere 299 torpedo-bomber.
The ultra-light Libelle helicopter.