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QUIZ: Giants of all sizes

Last week's quiz was about one giant, this week we've made room for a few more...

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The ten aircraft that helped Britain win the Falklands War

The nature of conflict during the Falklands campaign meant that British aircraft played an essential role – not just as combatants, but equally crucially as tankers and in re-supply and rescue roles, among others. We attempt to pick out ten of Britain’s best – from the fabled Sea Harrier and Vulcan to the less celebrated Westland Lynx and Wasp

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Falklands War: How the conflict began

On the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Falklands War, James Connolly details how the conflict began 

A-4B Skyhawk C-225 at Villa Reynolds just prior to the Conflict, carrying four 5" Zuni rockets and a centreline drop tank. Photos via Author Feature Premium

Argentine A-4 Skyhawk pilot’s Falklands War missions

Salvador Huertas spoke with Pablo Marcos Carballo who flew the A-4 Skyhawk during the Falklands War and gives a fascinating insight from the Argentine Air Force perspective and recounted one of his combat missions in the July 1991 issue of AirForces Monthly

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Aeroplane May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Historic Aviation Puzzle Book 2022

Enjoy cunning aero challenges with our Historic Aviation Puzzle Book 2022

Italy receives first Gulfstream G550 multi-mission aircraft

The Italian Air Force announced on March 29 that its first Gulfstream G550 aircraft for the Multisensor Multi-Mission System (MMMS) programme has arrived at Pratica di Mare Air Base in Pomezia, Lazio, following a nine-hour direct flight from Dallas, Texas

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Cabin crew alert QantasLink pilots to gear down at 15,000ft

A QantasLink Dash 8 crew failed to retract the landing gear after take-off and only realised when a member of the cabin crew flagged the error, a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found.

New nations take over NATO Baltic Air Policing missions

New NATO fighter rotations took place on March 31 via official handover ceremonies held at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

ASL orders up to 20 additional Boeing 737-800BCFs

Global aviation services company, ASL Aviation Holdings, has disclosed an order with Boeing for 20 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighters).

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Analysis: Europe's fighter fleets

Faced with competition from the US, European aerospace firms are pressing ahead with fourth- and 4.5-generation platforms such as the Gripen, Typhoon and Rafale

88th TES welcomes new HH-60Ws as operational testing kicks off

The USAF announced on March 30 that the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, has launched the sustainment operational test process for the Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter

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‘Monty’s’ personal Dakota

The Dakota KN628 was used for much of its career in uniform by the famous British military leader Bernard Montgomery. In its August 17, 1956 issue ‘The Aeroplane’ looked back over its service after it sold by the Air Ministry

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Rob Feeley

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The incredible impact of the Sea Harrier on naval aviation

Devoid of conventional aircraft carriers and relying on land-based RAF assets for protection, in the late 1970s the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm found itself without a fixed-wing fighter for the first time in its history. Bertie Simmonds discovers that, thankfully, it wasn’t for long

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Tailwind Air: the Concorde of regional travel?

Less than a decade old, seaplane operator and commuter airline Tailwind Air has lofty ambitions, reports Tom Batchelor

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II: US operators

Dave Allport details the units and bases operating the F-35 (and its variants) across three pillars of the United States Armed Forces

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Airliner World May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Blue Air Training and Top Aces combine forces

Blue Air Training and Top Aces announced a business combination on March 30

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F-22 Raptor loss is F-15EX gain in latest US budget request

The US military looks set to be delivered a mix blessing in the US President’s 2023 financial year defence budget request, with cuts to existing platform numbers while new platforms are brought online

One dead, two injured in US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crash

A US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crashed in the area of Wallops Island and Chincoteague in the State of Virginia on March 30, resulting in one fatality

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Etihad Airways A350: All you need to know

Three years after the carrier received its first A350-1000, Etihad Airways has placed the jet into service

Etihad A350-1000 enters service

Etihad Airways' A350-1000 has made its much anticipated debut

Two more Typhoons delivered to Kuwait

LEONARDO HAS delivered a further two Kuwait Air Force (KAF) Eurofighter Typhoons. The aircraft landed in Kuwait on March 29 after a ferry flight from the factory at Turin-Caselle.

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What's different about the upgraded Dassault Mirage 2000D RMV?

French Mirage 2000B and 2000D aircraft have recently been testing upgraded IR sensor systems and chaff/flare dispensers fitted into the new Damocles pod. Babak Taghvaee investigates

 

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