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Combat Aircraft Journal July 2023
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Severe weather forces USAF tankers to vacate McConnell AFB
The USAF’s 22nd ARW at McConnell AFB, Kansas, was forced to relocate its tanker fleet – which comprises a number of KC-46A Pegasus and KC-135R/T Stratotanker aerial refuelling aircraft – out of state on May 11 due to a severe weather system that was scheduled to strike their home base later that day
New York ARNG UH-60Ms return from Kuwait deployment
The New York Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment, ended its ten-month mission to the Middle East when a transition of authority ceremony was held at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on May 6
Ukraine restores ex-North Macedonian Su-25 to help fight Russia
Images of Ukrainian-operated Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack jets carrying two fuel tanks and four five-tube B-13L rocket pods that appeared on social media on May 10 have confirmed that Ukraine has managed to restore at least one of the four Su-25s that North Macedonia donated to Kyiv in 2022 to an airworthy, combat-capable condition
Why the UK’s Storm Shadow missile will be a game-changer for Ukraine
The UK government announced on May 11 that it has donated an unspecified number of conventionally armed Storm Shadow air-launched cruise missiles to Ukraine, with the combat-proven, advanced long-range deep strike weapon believed to be the longest-range stand-off missile to be delivered to the war-torn nation since Russia launched its invasion in February 2022
Boeing lands first BBJ 777-9 purchase commitment
Boeing has revealed the company has received its first customer commitment for a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) variant of its new family of long-haul airliners.
JetBlue and American Airlines partnership under fire
US majors ordered to withdraw from Northeast Alliance
New narrowbodies for Royal Jordanian
Amman-based flag carrier is set to overhaul its regional aircraft fleet
How the Luftwaffe rescued downed airmen in the North African desert — from both sides
Many aircrews in the North African theatre had call to be thankful for the daring exploits of the Wüstennotstaffel, the Luftwaffe’s dedicated desert rescue unit
Veteran Hercules set for museum display
A Lockheed Hercules has been carefully reassembled for display in Spain
Flying Hurricane ‘boat busters’ in India
In an extract from her new book on the Hurricane, Jacky Hyams tells the story of Canadian pilot Jim Ashworth and his time flying Hurricane IID ‘boat busters’ in India.
Marseille Airport for X-Plane released
Aerosoft has announced Marseille Airport XP for X-Plane 12 is out now.
Aerosoft releases Bad Endorf-Jolling Airfield for MSFS
Developed by FlightSim Studio, the latest airport in the series of small German Airfields is Bad Endorf-Jolling Airport in Bavaria.
E-Jets Family for X-Plane 12 released
X-Crafts has announced its E-Jets Family has been upgraded for X-Plane 12 compatibility.