AIR International - April 2004

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FEATURES

WHERE DO WE LAND, WHERE DO WE GO?

Ren‚ J Francillon takes a critical look at the US aircraft industry.

POWER FOR THE MASSES
Unlike Britain's engine-makers, the engine manufacturers of the United States have the huge advantage of a giant home-based aerospace manufacturing industry. On top of this, points out Bill Gunston OBE, FRAeS, American engines have been selected for current aircraft programmes all over the world.

THE ADAM TWINS
In the race to bring a light jet to the market, Rod Simpson believes that all the indications point to Adam Aircraft emerging as the winner.

US UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES - THE NEXT QUARTER-CENTURY
Over a year after publication of the US Defense Department's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Roadmap 2002-2027, Kenneth Munson looks at the major residual, current and near-term US programmes.

AMERICAN EAGLES
Steve Davies presents an overview of the USAF's two F-15 variants, their systems, capabilities and future.

GULFSTREAM AND THE ISRAELI CONNECTION - A BIZJET FAMILY RETURNS TO THE US
Concluding Ren‚ J Francillon's two-part feature on Gulfstream Aerospace and its product line, in which he outlines the company's Israeli connection.

THE JAPANESE ART OF SELF-DEFENCE - AIRBORNE SAMURAI
Paul Thompson reviews the air elements of the nation's Rikujojieitai (Ground Self-Defence Force), its raison d'etre and equipment.

FUNDAMENTALS OF AIRLINER DESIGN - PART 19, SUPERSONIC TRANSPORTS II
In this final article in his airliner series, Ray Whitford looks at the collaboration between France and Britain which produced the Concorde, and contrasts this with American efforts to leap ahead with a Mach 3 design.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES - CHEAPER THAN DRIVING
For more than 30 years, Southwest Airlines has been consistently profitable while maintaining low fares and low costs. Eryl Crump finds that this has been achieved by making continual, but subtle, changes to its operating style.

REGULARS

AIRSCENE HEADLINES

Dave Allport reports on the Embraer 190 first flight, commencement of Embraer 170 deliveries and cancellation of the Boeing-Sikorsky Comanche programme.

AIRSCENE
Military, commercial and aerospace industry news from around the world, compiled by Dave Allport.

AIRSCENE COMMERCIAL ACCIDENTS
Dave Allport's chronological list.

TALKBACK
Readers' letters and photographs of general interest.

ASIAN AIRSCENE
Dave Allport presents news and pictures from Asian Aerospace 2004, held in Singapore.

IN PRINT
Reviews of some recent books received

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