Aeroplane Monthly 1980-04
News Spotlight
Above, Spitfire LFIX PV260/BR601/5361 is owned by the South African Metal and Machinery Co of Salt River, Cape Province. Rebuilt by the Atlas Aircraft Company apprentices' school, it wears the codes of No 2 Squadron, South African Air Force.
NASA's AD-1 slew-wing research aircraft made its first flight on December 21, 1979. NASA Dryden civilian pilot Tom McMurtry made the first two flights with the wing straight, but it has now been flown with it slewed. The AD-1 is capable of speeds up to 150-200 m.p.h.
Avro Anson Mk 1 VH-ASM, ex-W2068, the first aircraft to serve with East West Airlines when it commenced operations in 1947, is to be restored by John Gallagher of Loftus, New South Wales, Australia, for static display at the Company's Tamworth headquarters.
American-built de Havilland D.H.60GMW Moth N585M/ c/n 86, has been bought by Cliff Lovell and is seen at the Vintage Aircraft Club's "Snowball Rally" at Finmere, Bucks, on January 20, 1980. Built by the Moth Corporation in 1929, it is finished in a handsome black and yellow scheme.