Air Enthusiast 1971-07
Delivery of the first 50 Bell CUH-1N helicopters for the Canadian Air Forces was made at Uplands Airport on May 3, 1971. These helicopters will be assigned to Mobile Command tactical helicopter squadrons, replacing 10 CUH-1Hs which will be re-assigned to the local base rescue role.
The US Marine Corps is evaluating two YOV-10D Broncos as night observation gunships, for which purpose they have been modified to carry a triple-barrel 20-mm gun in a remotely operated ventral turret, and a Hughes forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) aiming system in the extended nose, as shown in this photograph.
Deliveries of the Saab AJ 37 Viggen, the first production example of which is illustrated here, are scheduled to commence at the beginning of this month (July 1971), and the first Flygvapen wing to convert from the A 32A Lansen to the AJ 37 Viggen will be F7 at Satends. It will be noted that the production AJ 37 features a humped upper fuselage decking, presumably indicating an increase in internal fuel capacity. The Swedish government has recently authorised the Defence Material Administration to order continued development work on the S 37 reconnaissance version of the Viggen. Current production orders call for 150 AJ 37 all-weather attack aircraft and 25 two-seat SK 37 conversion trainers.
Now undergoing certification trials in Norway, this Larsen Special is an all-metal aerobatic two-seater designed and built by Captain Carl L Larsen, chief pilot of Braathens SAFE Air Transport Company. First flown on 20 October 1970, the aircraft carries the same LN-II registration used by Capt Larsen on an earlier design which he built some 15 years ago. The new aircraft has a 100 hp RR-Continental O-200-A engine, wing span of 25 ft 5 in (7,75 m) and gross weight of 1,543 lb (700 kg). Maximum speed is 140 mph (225 km/h).