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US approves sale of additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes to Japan
US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a further five Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft and related equipment to Japan for an estimated cost of $1.381bn
Biden ditches Trump's design for new 'Air Force One' livery
While a ‘revamped’ livery design for the USAF’s next fleet of ‘Air Force One’ aircraft – which will comprise two Boeing VC-25Bs – was announced by former US President Donald J Trump in June 2019, the incumbent President Joe Biden has selected a new scheme, which closely mirrors the one applied to the current VC-25A fleet, aside from a few key differences
Norway selects MH-60R Seahawk to partially replace NH90 fleet
Norway has announced plans to acquire six Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission utility helicopters to replace some of its now-retired fleet of NHIndustries NH90 rotorcraft, which were withdrawn from operational use in June 2022
What would an air war between China, Taiwan and the US look like?
Simulations of a war between the US and China find that air-to-air combat is unlikely. CAJ examines the role aircraft will play in the fight for Taiwan
Russian Su-27 collides with USAF Reaper drone over Black Sea
A USAF MQ-9A Reaper was destroyed after it was intercepted by two Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during a routine intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) patrol in international airspace over the Black Sea on March 14.
Sanction-hit Rossiya Airlines' battle to unground its 747 fleet
Babak Taghvaee looks into the history of Rossiya Airlines’ Boeing 747s and the carrier’s efforts to bring its grounded fleet back into service
How to become an aircraft engineer: your ultimate guide
The maintenance of aircraft is a huge industry in its own right and offers careers that can lead to the top levels of airlines. Here, some of those involved provide key guidance on how to proceed
Inside Harbour Air’s challenging fleet electrification project
In this picturesque corner of British Columbia, a quiet revolution is taking place. Lee Cross reports on the ups and downs of Harbour Air Seaplanes’ long-running ambition to electrify its fleet
Biggin Hill Spitfire Company to offer flights from Kemble
FlyaSpitfire.com, a company that offers flights in Spitfires, has announced that it will operate from Cotswold Airport in Kemble starting this summer.
Spitfire mid-air collision prevented by ‘providence’, report finds
“It is hard to judge after an intense moment, but it seemed very close, between 50 and 100ft above, but I believe closer to 50ft”. This was how the pilot of an EV97 light aircraft described a near miss with a Spitfire IX close to the Isle of Wight last year.
Metheringham – in the footsteps of heroes
James Peene headed to Lincolnshire to pay a visit to the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre and discovered a former bomber base steeped in history but with a healthy future
Tecnam P2006T ready for take-off
FlightSim Studio has announced the Tecnam P2006T MKII for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.
New Greek destination for MSFS
Scenery developer, JustSim has released a new version of Rhodes Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Texan II X-Plane 12 ready
AOA Simulations has announced the T-6A Texan II is now available for X-Plane 12. The project has been in development for more than three years, and according to AOA is its most detailed model to date.