Aeroplane Monthly 1978-10
Farnborough Spotlight
The Mirage 2000 prototype flying over Farnborough at 130kt and at a consequently high angle of attack for the benefit of Flight International photographer Tom Hamill, who was shooting from the Flight Piper Seneca.
Nine prototypes and three pre-series Panavia Tornadoes have flown so far and production has been authorised for 809 aircraft, of which 385 are destined for RAF service. The example illustrated is XX947.
Also new to Farnborough was the BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1, XZ450, piloted by John Farley and flown from the Skijump.
This Hughes 500 MD was one of only two US military aircraft flying in the show.
A general view of the static park on the dismal morning of Tuesday, September 5, 1978, with the A300 F-WUAD in the foreground and the exhibition halls and chalets in the background.
The IA-58 Pucara counter-insurgency aircraft was first flown in 1969 and the example flown at Farnborough was the 15th production model.
The D.H.C.5D Buffalo gave its usual impressive Stol performance. More than 100 Buffaloes have been ordered since the prototype flew in 1964.
The Aeritalia G 222 can carry 44 troops and has been delivered to the Italian Air Force, the Argentinian Army and the Government of Dubai.
The two-seat Dassault Mirage F.1B was displayed in company with the F.1 and Mirage 2000.
The Specialised Aircraft Tri Turbo 3 DC-3 conversion powered by three 1,174 h.p. Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada PT6A-45 turboprop engines driving five-blade propellers.