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FIA 2022: L-39NG attains type certification as Aero announces new MoU with Patriot Global Training

Aero Vodochody – the Czech Republic-based aircraft manufacturer and MRO services provider – made two major announcements regarding its new L-39NG advanced jet trainer on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow on July 18

Hot weather reportedly closes RAF Brize Norton runway… again

Key.Aero is receiving information that the runway has been closed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, reportedly due to damage caused by the high temperatures currently impacting much of the UK

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FIA 2022: Team Tempest to fly combat demonstrator in five years

Whilst attending Farnborough International Airshow 2022 on July 18, the UK Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace MP confirmed plans for the UK to lead the development of a sixth-generation flying combat air demonstrator that is scheduled to fly in the next five years

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 102

Welcome to the 102nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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USMC orders eight MQ-9A Reaper ERs from GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced on July 17 that it had been awarded a contract for eight MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems as part of the ARES Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract on May 27.

FIA 2022: Morocco orders H135s

Airbus Helicopters announced at the Farnborough International Air Show on July 18 that the Moroccan Forces Royales Air has ordered a fleet of H135s for military primary training missions

South America Mesh Incoming

Orbx has announced its next mesh product for Microsoft Flight Simulator will cover the continent of South America.

ANA cements MAX order, selects 777-8F

There was cause for double celebration at Boeing on day 1 of the Farnborough Airshow after Japanese-based ANA HOLDINGS confirmed its order for the 737 MAX, as well as selecting the 777-8F.

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Boeing wins huge MAX buy from long-time Airbus buyer

The carrier has ordered 100 737 MAX jets with options for a further 30

Mitsubishi MU-2 v2 Takes Flight in X-Plane

TOGA Simulations has announced the Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise v2 for X-Plane 11 is out now.

USAF’s 64th ARS reactivated at Pease ANGB

During a ceremony at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, the US Air Force’s 64th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) was formally re-activated on July 8.

De Havilland Canada outlines Dash 8-400 freighter trio

Announcement includes Package freighter, quick change and dedicated freighter options

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EASA STC approval for IAI’s 737-800SF

Narrowbody passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions in Europe are set for a boost after Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) revealed its Boeing 737-800SF has received a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supplemental type certificate (STC).

Tenerife North and South Airports Released

MK-Studios has released the Tenerife Airports pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FARNBOROUGH 2022: Your essential briefing

As the iconic airshow returns after four years, Airliner World has the lowdown on everything you need to know as the Hampshire gathering gets underway

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Nigerian L-39ZAs head back home

Three Nigerian Air Force L-39ZA Albatrosses departed Aero Vodochody this morning ( July 17) for Nigeria.

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The Eighth Air Force vs The Flakwaffe

Donald Nijboer examines the use of flak in World War Two – the greatest combat hazard to bombers operating in European skies

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing Insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

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The birth of The Eighth Air Force

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver charts the arrival and operations of The Eighth Air Force in the European theatre of World War Two

RIAT 22: Draken Europe signs L-159 partnership with Aero Vodochody

After Draken Europe won a three-year contract to provide fast jet red air services in the UK, it has teamed up with Aero Vodochody to provide maintenance and support to its fleet of L-159 light attack aircraft

RIAT 22: Boeing and the US Navy perform MUM-T test with the Super Hornet

Boeing and the US Navy have recently completed manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) tests where a Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstrated command and control of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

RIAT 22: Airbus announces companies involved in H175M Task Force

Airbus Helicopters announced on Friday 15, the first members of the H175M. The UK based industry team is to offer, supply and support the British produced H175M helicopter for the UK MOD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) programme.

The ultimate Southwest Airlines quiz!

A true pioneer of low-cost flying, Southwest Airlines is known around the world for establishing many of the industry norms we take for granted today. Why not test your knowledge of this iconic Texan airline in our special Southwest quiz?

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US Army Mohawks peeking behind the Iron Curtain

Doug Gordon outlines the border surveillance missions undertaken by the US Army’s Mohawks in West Germany during the Cold War

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The tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress

The valiant actions of an American B-17 pilot saved the lives of his crew – but at the expense of his own. Anthony Moor details the tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force Flying Fortress

 

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