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Vertical limits – BlueBird Aero Systems and VTOL technology

Militaries worldwide are moving to the adoption of fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial systems capabilities Joe Charlaff speaks with BlueBird Aero Systems on emerging trends

KC-46A Pegasus approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers

The KC-46A Pegasus has been approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers following a decision by Gen Mike Minihan, commander of US Air Mobility Command (AMC), to allow another interim capability release (ICR) mission set for the tanker

6 Epitomising the type’s low-level role, the last Vulcan built, B2 XM657, formates with a cameraship for a photo sortie. This aircraft was conversely the first to receive, in 1979, the new wrap-around camouflage. CROWN COPYRIGHT Feature Premium

End of the deterrent V-Force

As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

RAF receives seventh Poseidon MRA1

The RAF took delivery of its seventh Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on October 19, when the maritime patrol aircraft arrived at its home station of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, following an Atlantic crossing from Boeing’s facility near Seattle, Washington

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USAF wants to equip frontline units with Angry Kitten EW systems

Adversaries’ radars are getting so much better so fast that the USAF is struggling to keep up. However, a new system called Angry Kitten could help the service get ahead of the game

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Aircraft refurb: the pros and cons

Aircraft refurbishing is increasingly popular, as airlines aim to cut costs and minimise environmental impact. Tom Batchelor looks at this booming sector

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FlyPast December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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IN PICTURES: USAF B-1Bs perform maritime mission over Europe

USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancers from the 9th EBS conducted air-to-air refuelling operations ahead of a counter maritime mission with NATO allies and partner nations in the Black Sea region on October 19. We joined the 100th ARW to witness the in-flight refuelling first-hand

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Norway to retire F-16 fleet by year end

The Royal Norwegian Air Force will retire its fleet of F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons by the end of the year leaving the service reliant on its new F-35A stealth fighter for all fixed-wing combat duties from 2022 onwards

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First two Kuwaiti Eurofighters take flight

The first pair of two-seat Eurofighter Typhoons destined for the Kuwait Air Force completed their long awaited maiden flights from Leonardo’s Torino-Caselle Nord facility, near Turin in northern Italy, during the afternoon of October 15

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition Coming Soon

Asobo Studio has announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate its achievement as “Game of the Year”.

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Inside Bulgaria's growingly obsolescent Air Defence force

We look at the slow and often painful transformation of the Bulgarian Air Force’s air defence assets, while revealing humble plans to field Western-made hardware in the foreseeable future

EasyJet unveils its first airport lounge

Low-cost airline easyJet has announced plans for its first-ever dedicated airport lounge

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Behind the scenes of a BOAC Boeing 707 delivery

In its December 9, 1960 issue ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ described the process of testing and certification of a new Boeing 707 for BOAC. The author was also onboard the delivery flight from Seattle to London

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Texas MD-87 crash: What do we know so far?

A private McDonnell Douglas MD-87 overran the runway and burst into flames at Houston Executive Airport yesterday (October 19). Key.Aero collates what is known about the aircraft and incident so far.

RAF Typhoons prove ACE concept capability during Op Shader

Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4s from the 903 Expeditionary Air Wing at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, have forward deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East for Operation Blue Dragon

Reno Air Races Release Date Announced

Asobo Studio has announced Reno Air Races will be available for purchase in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace on November 18.

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VSKYLABS’ CT/4E Airtrainer

VSKYLABS is no ordinary developer; it has a vast history of real-life aviation and aerospace experience. One of its more recent flight simulation releases is the Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT/4E Airtrainer for X-Plane 11.

Historic Aviation Quiz: Bomber Command (Part 3)

Try your Bomber Command knowledge out in this penultimate themed quiz!

Australian MH-60R crash leads to fleet-wide grounding

An MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopter belonging to the Royal Australian Navy crashed into the Philippine Sea during routine night flying operations on October 14, leading to a fleet-wide grounding of the remaining examples in Australian service

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Watch this space: Australia monitors the final frontier

The Australian government is seeking to develop sovereign military space domain awareness capabilities, as focus on the final frontier appears more important than ever before

Komodo Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Komodo is available now as a download for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Rare indication of competition for UK Puma replacement

A rare official indication the UK will open up a competition to replace its ageing Puma HC2 fleet has been made public in what will likely be a tightly contested effort between defence industry heavyweights

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 23

Episode 23 of The Air Warrior Podcast brings you analysis of the recently published RAND report that outlines the upcoming threats to the UK's airlift capabilities. Meanwhile, the Modern Military Team discusses ongoing exercises, Exosonic's low-boom supersonic 'Red Air' UAV and the maiden flights of the first two Kuwaiti Eurofighters

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WATCH: Lufthansa Cargo retires final MD-11F

The tri-jet era at Lufthansa Cargo came to an end last weekend when the airline’s final McDonnell Douglas MD-11F landed at Frankfurt for the final time

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