Air Pictorial 1958-07
Two challengers to the Boeing 707 on the Atlantic run are the Douglas DC-8 and (photo) the de Havilland Comet 4.
The North American A3J Vigilante carrier-based bomber is expected to make its first flight by the time these words are written. It is powered by two General Electric J79-GE-2 turbojets rated at 10,500-lb. thrust. Approximate span and length is 50 ft. and 70 ft. respectively. Height 20 ft.
Widgeon VR-HFL (ex-G-APBK) on sky shouting duties with the Hong Kong Police. 'FM (ex-'PBL) flies in military colours with the final M as its sole identification.
Latest Mark of Canberra is the U Mk. 10, a pilotless, radio - controlled target drone for missiles. More than one hundred flights have been made by the new Canberra.
The Gloster Javelin F(AW)8 has flown and will be phased into service later this year. It differs externally from other Mks. in the afterburners fitted to its Sapphire turbojets (serial XH966).
The second Farmair Super Cub which is a sprayer, whereas the first is used lor dusting.
First prototype of the Fairchild F-27 Friendship is now flying along with three other prototypes, which will be used for test purposes. The F-27 can carry 32-40 passengers according to the internal configuration.
The DR-100 is a three-seat version of the Jodel D.117. A five-seat version of the D.117 is scheduled to begin flight tests soon. It is designated the D.140.
The Eagle Viscounts VR-BAX "Enterprise" (ex-G-APDW) and G-APDX photographed together at Blackbushe recently.
This Bell 47G-2 helicopter is equipped with Hawk Spraykits for agricultural duties. The bulges on the fuselage are tanks for fertilisers, etc.
The Dart Herald is a fast, adaptable airliner for the shorter routes. It carries up to 43 passengers in a style to which any traveller gladly becomes accustomed. They relax in pressurised, air-conditioned comfort, enjoying the smoothness of turboprop flight. Alternatively, the Herald takes over 4 1/2 tons of cargo or combinations of passengers and freight. Between cabin and hold is a partition which can be set in several positions to give differing passenger and cargo space for each flight.
Saro class B marking G-12-2 was carried temporarily by Luftwaffe Skeeter PC-117.
Adding achievement to achievement, Fairey Aviation have now built - and flown - potentially the most important transport aeroplane in the world, the Fairey Rotodyne. Carrying 48 passengers or 4 1/2 tons of freight it takes off vertically as a helicopter and having gained height flies forward as a normal twin-engined airliner. It is the most adaptable rotary-wing aircraft in the world and the first to offer operating economy directly comparable to that of fixed wing aircraft over ranges of up to 400 miles. The arrangement within the Rotodyne's capacious fuselage can readily be adapted to suit civil or military applications. Powered by two Napier Eland propeller-turbines with Fairey Pressure-Jets at the flies the first vertical take-off Airliner rotor-tips for take-off and landing.
New examples of prewar ultra-lights are now taking shape and include a Luton Minor. It is under construction at Bourne End. Bucks, by Mr. Richard Potter.
Lockheed 10A Electra ZK-BUT (c/n. 1138 ex-NC21735 ex-NIOY) has been newly commissioned by Trans Island Airways.
Spartan Air Services' single Taylorcraft 20 Topper VP-KOK currently in use for similar work in Kenya.
The K-600 utility helicopter developed from military H-43. Major external difference is the large fins fitted directly to the booms.
The Aerfer Ariete is now undergoing flight tests. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 turbojet exhausting under the fuselage and a Rolls-Royce Soar turbojet under the fin.
The elusive Agricola G-APFZ which has now appeared at Stapleford bearing Crop Culture (Aerial) Ltd.'s titling.
The Bensen B-7 can, as shown in our photograph, be fitted with a detachable cockpit.
First photo of the Colonial C-2 Skimmer four-seat amphibian. Span 34 ft. 0 in., length 23 ft. 6 in., height 8 ft. 10 in. Maximum speed 136 m.p.h., cruising 125 m.p.h. Gross weight 2,350 lb., empty weight 1,470 Ib. Company designation is Skimmer Tach IV.
Prentice I G-APIU is now in service with the Surrey Flying Club at Croydon and sports their well-known blue and yellow colour scheme.
Britain's largest helicopter, the Westland Westminster, made its first flight on Sunday, 14th June. The Westminster can carry a load o/ six tons or forty-two passengers. Fuselage length is 70 ft. and the five-bladed main rotor has a diameter of 72 ft. Powerplant consists of two 2,800-h.p. Napier Eland engines.
New examples of prewar ultra-lights are now taking shape and include a Currie Wot biplane at Eastleigh
Another turbine-powered helicopter is the Sikorsky S-62 amphibian, which flew for the first time last month.
Helicopter from Kaman is the K-17 "cold-jet" type which flew for the first time recently. The fixed-pitch tail propeller is used for steering only and can rotate in both directions.