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Historic

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Armed and Deadly

Comparatively small and underpowered, Henschel’s Hs 129 was still an effective ground attack and anti-armour aircraft...

Historic Aircraft Belong in the Air

Air International’s new columnist Dave Unwin explains why he believes the skies are the ultimate domain for historic aircraft...

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Aviation News January 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

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Jamming Kings - Sembach’s Compass Call EC-130Hs

From 1987 to 1991 the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron operated from Sembach Air Base in Germany. Its EC-130H ‘Compass Call’ aircraft delivered a formidable electronic jamming capability. Dr Kevin Wright examines their operations in Europe and the Middle East in the late Cold War

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Tactical Fighter Meet ‘86 at RAF Waddington

Early August 1986 saw a gathering of more than 70 aircraft from from eight NATO countries at RAF Waddington for Tactical Fighter
Meet (TFM) ’86...

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Military

RAF Typhoon marks first air-to-air kill over Syria

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon has shot down an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) while operating over Syria, marking the first operational air-to-air engagement conducted by the type in UK service

First four F-35As arrive at RAF Lakenheath

The arrival of four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK, on December 15 marked the much-anticipated delivery of aircraft for the USAF's first F-35 squadron to be based in Europe

Russia rolls out stealthier Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik combat UAV

A modified, stealthier production version of the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik UCAV has been unveiled. The official rollout took place on December 14 at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant V P Chkalov

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Commercial

New Zealand’s P-8A Poseidon plans

New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark provided details of the...

Kings of the Arctic

MILITARY HC-130J COMBAT KING II Mark Ayton reports on the...

Shenzhen Eastern orders ACH160

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS announced on June 20, 2019, that it has sold...

China Southern A350-900

CHINA SOUTHERN Airlines has taken delivery of its initial A350-...

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Boeing 737 MAX: The grounding continues

The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX continues, with the return to commercial operations for the aircraft looking highly unlikely for some time yet. Mark Broadbent reports

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Flight Simulation

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Challenging Airports - Lord Howe Island (YLHI)

Challenging Airports - Lord Howe Island (YLHI), Australia

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NZ Charter Pilot Flight Adventure

Peter Stark explores the MilViz 310R Redux

Reality Expansion Pack for Carenado’s Bonanza

SimCoders has released its ‘Reality Expansion...

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow