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    Air-to-air shots of some of Britain's newest aircraft practising before the big show at Farnborough, Sept 7.

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    Air-to-air shots of some of Britain's newest aircraft practising before the big show at Farnborough, Sept 7. Two versions of the Folland Gnat are seen - the single-seat fighter and double-seat trainer.

    The Folland Gnat turbo-jet fighter is in service with the Finnish and Indian Air Forces. So far the RAF has not ordered the fighter but has called for fourteen trainers for tests.

    The trainer has a 30 per cent greater wing area and a longer fuselage than the fighter model. Both have Siddeley Orpheus turbo-jet engines but the modified trainer requires shorter landing and take-off runs.

    A plane that is expected to bring about severe cuts in air travel fares - the Vickers Vanguard. 122-ft. 10ins. long, wingspan 118-ft, this giant could carry 139 passengers on its upper deck and 1,360 cubic feet of freight in its holds. Range is 2,300 miles with maximum payload, cruising speed 425 mph.

    British European Airways, whose new colours this demonstration model carries, and Trans-Canadian Airways have both ordered 20 each.

    The N.A. 39, Blackburn Aircraft's two-seater, low level naval fighter, has been described as "ahead of any other aircraft in the world." Orders from the British Admiralty have already been placed for this aircraft. It is powered by two de Havilland Gyron Junior jet engines. Performance and other specifications are at present secret.

    The Comet 4B, is a version of the intercontinental Comet 4. It has a longer fuselage and a shorter wing span. Designed for short and medium ranges the 4B is able to carry up to 102 passengers and is intended primarily for economical operation on routes from 400 to 2,500 miles. Its cruising speed is up to 545mph. This demonstration model carries BEA's new colours - red wings, black, white and grey fuselage.

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