BEA will soon be adding the Comet 4B jet airliner to its fleet of Viscounts - the largest in the world. BEA already provides greater variety and frequency of flights over Europe than any other airline.
This photograph, supplied by A. D. Robb, depicts the Twin Pioneer (G-AOER) owned by Rio-Tinto Finance and Exploration Ltd. The photos below show the unusual Mullard magnetometer installations at the wingtips.
Originally PH-FAX, ordered by East West Airlines as VH-EWA, Friendship c/n. 10127 left Schipol on 30/7/59 as VH-TFH.
The Dornier Do 17S (Do 27S ???) twin-float seaplane is one of several new versions of the basic design currently under development.
Dennis M. Powell of Kenya sent us this rare photograph of a Pegasus-engined Douglas DC-2.
The Calais-based Moth Minor F-PFYR, which visited Lympne on 26/7/59 for the Bleriot celebrations, has a non-standard French-built coupe top. It was formerly F-BFYR, ex-G-AFNF, c/n. 94010.
Originally CH-188 of Balair, later HB-ALO of Alpar, the 30-year-old Lorraine-engined Fokker F.XI OE-DAA c/n. 5124 is based at Graz for parachute dropping and glider towing.
The Hunting Jet Provost T Mk.3, the latest primary/basic trainer - chosen by Royal Air Force Flying Training Command. In full quantity production, it is also available for early delivery to other Air Forces.
' This is it! Solo for the first time. Start with cockpit checks - instruments, oil pressure, take-off trim. Good. Brakes off ... a quick look round ... full throttle.'
'Keep her straight. Ah - not so bumpy, nose wheel is off the ground. Faster ... faster ... gently back with the stick ... up and away in a steady climb.'
' Steady though; we've still got to land ... down undercarriage ... down flaps ... this is living! This is why I wanted to join the R.A.F.'
'Not bad ... not bad at all. A little wide on the approach, but a smooth enough touch-down. And my best take-off yet. Hope my instructor was watching.'
The first Martin P5M-2 Marlin to be delivered to the U.S. Navy after the completion of a modernisation programme. Twenty-seven other P5M-2s are being modernised in this way. The aircraft depicted has a pod under the port wing which houses a camera for recording damage to a target during day or night operations, and a searchlight can be discerned under the starboard wingtip.
Referred to in this feature in the June issue, the Aerodyne, developed at the Collins Radio Company's Aeronautics Research Laboratories by Dr. Alexander M. Lippisch, is illustrated below. The Aerodyne has VTOL characteristics, and transition to and from forward flight is effected by channelling the airflow from the two contra-rotating airscrews within the annular wing through the fuselage, and deflecting it downward and out through controllable vents in its underside. Directional control is governed by a conventional fin and rudder, and the cockpit is located at the base of the vertical tail surfaces.
The latest product of the Yugoslav aircraft industry, the four-seat UTVA-56 cabin monoplane.