Aeroplane Monthly 1979-01
News Spotlight
McDonnell Douglas YAV-8B 158394 made its maiden flight at St Louis on November 9, 1978, piloted by experimental test pilot Charles A. Plummer. It hovered for seven minutes and made three vertical take-offs.
Enemy aircraft are represented by the Junkers Ju 87G-2 (nearest), Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 and Fiat CR42 and others.
Enemy aircraft are represented by the Messerschmitt Bf 110G, Junkers Ju 88R-1 and Heinkel He 111H-23.
The new Battle of Britain Museum, alongside the RAF Museum at Hendon, was opened, so we hear, by the Queen Mother on November 28, 1978. The 14 aircraft on display include the wreckage of Hurricane I P3175, which was shot down off Walton Beach, near Harwich, during the Battle.
Hawker Siddeley Gnat XP505 of RAE Bedford's Flight Systems Division, recently flew again after a long refit. The three lengthy probes are to record in-flight turbulence measurements.
Один HS.125 Series 1В (XW930, на фото) долго использовался для различных программ летных испытаний в Бедфорде. Снимок сделан в 1979 году, когда на самолете отрабатывался механический ограничитель шума фирмы "McDonnell Douglas" (в рамках программы создания Advanced Supersonic Transport.)
HS125 XW930, also with the Flight Systems Division at Bedford, is fitted with the Rolls-Royce three-configuration, eight-lobe nozzle and ejector on its port Viper 601 engine. A standard Viper 520 is on the starboard side. Early results suggest a noise reduction of over 8dB at full thrust.
Newly-restored Supermarine Seagull A2-4 of the Royal Australian Air Force, is displayed alongside Sunderland V ML824, which has come indoors at last.