Air Enthusiast 1971-12
The Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk helicopter gunship has recently been undergoing armament tests at the US Army Underhill Firing Range, Vermont. For these trials, it carried a General Electric turret containing a 20-mm cannon, two rocket pods each carrying 19 2-75-in FFARs, and two 300 US gal (1136 I) drop tanks. The stub wings have a total of six hard points.
Deliveries of the Hispano HA-220 Super Saeta single-seat light ground attack aircraft to the Ejercito del Aire began recently, the first batch of 10 aircraft built against an order for 25 aircraft of this type being seen in this photograph.
The first of 12 Shackleton 2s to be converted for the airborne early warning role by Hawker Siddeley made its first flight on 30 September and this illustration shows the new radome under the forward fuselage. In January 1971, No 8 Squadron, RAF, is to be formed at Kinloss to operate this version of the aircraft, and will eventually move to Lossiemouth, where RAF AEW operators have been undergoing training by the Fleet Air Arm.
North American Rockwell’s General Aviation Division has added the Aero Commander Model 111 to its range of light aircraft for 1972. Flown for the first time recently, the Model 111 is a fixed undercarriage version of the Model 112, both types being illustrated in this photograph. The Model 111 and 112 are both four-seaters powered by the 180 hp Lycoming engine and production is planned to reach a level of three a day by the end of 1972.