Aeroplane Monthly 1981-07
News Spotlight
Stephen Grey's P-51 Mustang, recently repainted by British Airways, is based in Switzerland but is seen here at Mildenhall in May 1981.
The BAe 146 was rolled out at Hatfield on May 20, 1981. Registered G-SSSH the aircraft is due to make its first flight in August. The BAe 146 is the first new British airliner to emerge since the BAC One-Eleven appeared in 1963.
Believed to be the only airworthy Italian wartime aircraft is this Macchi MC.205V Veltro, MM92214. Restored over a five year period by Macchi personnel the aircraft made its first flight on April 24, 1981.
Newcomer to the airshow circuit is the Dunlop Pitts S1S flown by Brian Lecomber, author of the best seller, Talk Down.
This year is Swissair's 50th anniversary and the company has marked the occasion with the restoration of the Comte AC-4 HB-IKO. This historic aircraft was originally registered to the Swiss airline Ad Astra as CH 262 in September 1930. The company was taken over by Swissair in 1931 and the AC-4 remained in service until 1938. After many years in Germany, as D-ELIS, the aircraft was bought back by Swissair in 1979 and restored by the Fokker Team, a group of retired Swissair employees. The Comte is airworthy and at present based at Kloten, Zurich
Edward Hutton's ex-Antilles Air Boats' Short Sunderland N158J seen at Lough Dergh, Ireland, en route for Marseilles from the West Indies on May 17, 1981.