Aeroplane Monthly 1979-03
News Spotlight
Five Antonov An-26s, registered CCCP 47323 and 47329-'32 and wearing Aeroflot livery, passed through Gatwick on December 16, 1978 during a delivery flight to Cubana, who have ordered ten of the type.
The first general dynamics F-16 for Europe was handed over to the Belgian Air Force on January 26, 1979. Seen here over southern Belgium, it is a two-seat F-16B.
The third Breguet Super Etendard, of the Aeronavale’s Flotille 11F, is seen on the steam catapult of the carrier Foch during trials. By the end of February the first unit supplied with the type, 22F, will be fully equipped.
Sopwith Pup reproduction VH-PSP is one of two being built by Australia's Transavia Corporation for Neil Cottee, who plans to fly them from Bowral, New South Wales, on airshow work. Powered by a 150 h.p. Genet radial de-rated to 110 h.p., their engineering design was carried out by John Corby, designer of the Corby Starlet. The fuselage is of steel tube.
The Nasa AD-1 slew-wing research aircraft is now complete. Powered by a pair of 220lb-thrust Microturbo TRS-18s, the 32-3ft span aircraft was built by Ames Industrial, and will shortly begin tests at Nasa Ames.
De Havilland Dragon Rapide 4 G-AKOE made its first flight for 13 1/2 years at Chirk on October 17, 1978. It was restored by North Western Aero Services of Chirk, Clwyd, and is to be leased by British Airways for publicity work.
The first Gates Learjet 50 awaits its two Garrett 731-3 engines prior to roll-out at Wichita ready for its first flight.