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Boeing delivers 150th Poseidon

Boeing has delivered the 150th production P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

Exeter Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest UK destination from Aerosoft is Exeter Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Boeing 767-400 ER Professional for X-Plane Released

FlightFactor has announced the Boeing 767-400 for X-Plane 11 is now available.

BREAKING: Emirates SLAMS Heathrow bosses in fiery statement

In a major intervention, the usually well-tempered Emirates Airline has blasted Heathrow management over what it calls “entirely unreasonable and unacceptable” demands.

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USAFE Phantoms Part 2 – Wild Weasels and Recce

In the second instalment of this two-part article, Doug Gordon looks at United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Wild Weasel and recce Phantoms and their role in the 1991 Gulf War.

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Soesterberg F-15 CO describes his time as squadron boss

Colonel Douglas C (‘Disco’) Dildy (USAF Ret) describes his time as the commander of the 32nd Fighter Squadron at Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands, which flew the F-15 Eagle.

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The real story of how the Merlin came to power the Mustang

The Mustang and the Merlin. So right did the combination prove that they are now synonymous. But it was by no means always certain it would produce the long-range escort fighter which proved so influential in the European theatre. What was the reality behind the legend?

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EXCLUSIVE: The 'engine' behind Rolls-Royce's production line

We speak to Rolls-Royce’s Gunnar Droescher about the work that goes on behind the scenes at one of the world's biggest aero engine manufacturers

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A look at Europe's highly competitive ‘mini airliner’ sector

Craig West shines a spotlight on Europe’s ‘mini airliner’ sector and finds out how the manufacturers of three very different designs are vying to remain competitive in this increasingly congested market

Embraer details Farnborough line-up

The Brazilian airframer will be out in force at this year’s show

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Examining the bounceback of corporate air travel

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we examine how the all-important corporate air travel market is making a return

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A320 came within SIX FEET of terrain during Paris approach

An Airbus A320 escaped colliding with terrain by just 6ft (1.8m) while attempting to land at Paris/Charles de Gaulle, a preliminary report by French investigators has found.

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REVEALED: Virgin Atlantic showcase new ‘first class’ suites on A330neo

Virgin Atlantic has seriously upped the stakes in the battle for premium transatlantic traffic. The British airline held a swanky event in East London last night (July 12) to offer the first glimpse into its new Airbus A330neo.

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Why Cranfield University bought a Saab 340 - and what they do with it

Cranfield University has reluctantly retired its BAe Jetstream 31 in favour of a Saab 340. Airliner World’s Martin Needham spoke to Cranfield’s Joe Brown, to learn more about the switch and how turboprops prepare students for careers as flight test engineers

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“My pilots loved this beautiful bird” – US Army Air Force Mosquitos

That comment by one unit commander sums up the views of many in the US Army Air Forces on the de Havilland Mosquito, an aircraft that served the AAF in relatively small numbers, but was arguably superior to anything American makers offered

Large Waco biplane line-up expected at Classic Fighters Airshow

Five Waco Biplanes, representing potentially the largest gathering of the brand ever assembled in Australasia, will be on the flight line at Omaka's Classic Fighters Airshow in New Zealand next Easter.

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How successful was the Allied bomber offensive of WW2?

With the US Army Air Forces attacking by day, and RAF Bomber Command at night, the combined Allied bomber offensive wrought a significant toll against the German war machine. But, 80 years after the first sorties by the US 8th Air Force, did the results meet the expectations of its advocates?

The 48th TFW received its first F-4D in 1972.  This example, photographed in August 1975, carries the yellow tail band of the 493rd  TFS.  via Bob Archer Feature Premium

USAFE F-4 Phantoms Part 1 – Mud Movers and Air Defence

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II equipped many United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) squadrons during 29 years of the Cold War. Doug Gordon tells their story

Bell shows off 360 Invictus as prototype nears completion

US-based helicopter manufacturing giant, Bell, has released images of its 360 Invictus prototype – the firm’s proposed solution for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) requirement – adding that the platform is nearly complete

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Putin’s War in Ukraine: A Strategic Nightmare?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has enabled evaluation of its strategy against the popular US ‘Five Rings’ theory. AirForces Monthly examines how well the missile-dominated effort has contributed to Moscow’s integrated war campaign

New nuclear weapon tactic tested on B-2A Spirit stealth bomber

A US Air Force B-2A Spirit stealth bomber has released a B61-12 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) utilizing a new capability known as the Radar Aided Targeting System (RATS) during a capstone test at the Tonopah Test Range, Nevada.

Boeing outlines Farnborough displays

The US airframer will be showing off its latest commercial jets at 2022’s biggest trade show

First WC-135R Constant Phoenix delivered to the 55th Wing

L3Harris Technologies has delivered the first of three former KC-135R Stratotankers that are being converted to the WC-135R Constant Phoenix configuration for the USAF

Diamond shock waves emanating from the exhausts of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engines, condensation trailing from the wingtips — SR-71A 61-7971 makes a typically dramatic departure from Mildenhall on 2 February 1983. By now the presence of Det 4 had been made permanent, leading to the withdrawal of UK personnel. BOB ARCHER Feature Premium

How Britain was involved in SR-71 and U-2 intelligence-gathering

The Cold War presence at British bases of US SR-71 and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft has been well-documented. Less so, however, is the UK’s direct involvement in their intelligence-gathering efforts


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Atomic Allies: The origins of UK-US nuclear target co-operation

Had nuclear war broken out in Europe prior to 1958, it’s possible US Air Force Strategic Air Command and RAF Bomber Command might have ended up attacking the same Soviet targets with their atomic weapons. Then, sensibly, a new era of co-operation was ushered in. Ben Dunnell examines the origins of this partnership.

 

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