Air Pictorial 1987-09
World Air News
The first McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace AV-8B Harrier II equipped for night attack missions seen over Missouri during its first flight from St. Louis on 26th June 1987
Latest impression of the Boeing E-3 Sentry on order for the R.A.F., fitted with CFM-56-2A2 engines, a refuelling probe and now bearing the mysterious serial ZH101
On 17th July 1987 the Turkish A.F. took delivery of its first General Dynamics Fighting Falcon, two-seat F-16D 86-0191. Turkey has ordered 128 single-seat F-16Cs and thirty-two F-16Ds. The first eight aircraft are being built at Fort Worth and the remaining 152 will be produced under licence by TUSAS Aerospace Industries at Murted between now and December 1994
Latest Boeing 737-200 for Aviogenex, the Yugoslav charter airline, YU-ANP is seen on test before delivery on 19th June, 1987. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15s. Livery is brownish red
Brendan O'Brien practising landing his Piper Super Cub G-BLMA on a lorry moving at 55 m.p.h. in preparation for several displays in Britain at which he has demonstrated this feat
First of two British Aerospace Jetstream 31s ordered by the R. Saudi A.F., "2101" is fitted with a complete Tornado rear cockpit to provide weapon systems operator training
The first Boeing 757PF package freighter and the first of twenty ordered by United Parcel Service, N401UP is seen by the side of Lake Washington and up to its oleos in Renton workers after roll-out on 15th July 1987. With a windowless cabin and large cargo door, the 757PF is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW 2040s, has a max. take-off weight of 250,000 lb., 6,600 cu. ft. of cargo space on the main deck and another 1,830 cu. ft. in under-floor holds
R.A.F. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XT900 of No. 228 O.C.U., now based at Leuchars, with two-letter code “CO” on its all-blue fin and with No. 64 Squadron markings on the intakes and the squadron's beetle badge on the fin
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 modified to serve as a UHB demonstrator made its first flight on 18 May 1987, with a General Electric GE36 UDF replacing the port JT8D. Made from Mojave, Calif, the flight was curtailed to 20 min when an engine control warning light came on as a result of a software fault, but was otherwise uneventful and ended as planned at Edwards AFB. The GE36 was in the same configuration as flown on the Boeing 727, with two eight-blade fans each of 11 ft 6 in (3,5 m) diameter, but this was replaced in June by a new fan with 10 blades in the front row and eight in the back, and of differing diameters. The MD-80 will be used for 60-80 hrs of flight testing, to obtain data useful for design of the projected MD-91X and MD-92X derivatives of the MD-80.
The first production two-seat TAV-8B Harrier II trainer, seen hovering at St. Louis, has recently been delivered to the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina. The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered twenty-eight TAV-8Bs