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Learn how Gatwick innovates aircraft turnarounds

A new handheld digital platform called AirTurn is being used by ground handlers at London/Gatwick as part of an “innovative” solution to transform aircraft turnarounds.

Staggerwing for Flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Developed in partnership with Carenado, the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing is the first release in the Famous Flyers aircraft series from the Microsoft Flight Simulator team.

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Chinook Bravo November crewmember on Falklands

Gaining legendary status during its 40-year career, RAF Chinook HC6A ‘Bravo November’ first saw action in the Falklands War. Former crewmember Tom Jones recounts his experience of the conflict

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How the Chinook proved itself in the Falklands

So well-established is the Boeing Chinook in RAF service that it’s almost easy to forget the time when, to Britain’s armed forces, it was new and unproven. This was how the Chinook force went to war in the Falklands, where the twin-rotor transport helicopter more than demonstrated its worth. In an exclusive account, the then CO of No 18 Squadron, Tony Stables, describes how it came about

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Aeroplane meets Jon Gowdy

One of the new breed of warbird pilots learned his historic aeroplane craft on some very rare post-war classics

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How climate crises helped drive aviation technology

With the climate crisis, ending commercial aviation’s dependence on fossil fuels is an urgent priority — but it was back in 1988, and in the Soviet Union, when the cryogenically fuelled Tupolev Tu-155 became a pioneer in the field

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was submitted by Brian Aitchison.

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An in-depth profile of the MV-22 Osprey

As the MV-22 Osprey becomes more and more embedded into US Marine Corps’ aviation tactics, Joe Copalman explains how through time the Osprey community has matured, how it stays modern and diversifies to ever-changing threats

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In pictures: Islamabad Hoppers

Many of the aircraft involved in the Afghanistan evacuations had to hop over to Islamabad Airport in Pakistan to refuel, which is where Snappers Crew’s Hassan Ali Khan caught them

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Analysis: A new chapter for the Hellenic Air Force

After delivery of the first six Rafale DG/EGs to 332 Mira of the Hellenic Air Force, Babak Taghvaee reports on the future of the squadron and the fate of its Mirage 2000-SG3s

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US Navy declares IOC with CMV-22B Osprey

The US Navy has publicly declared that initial operational capability has been reached with its CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft

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Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: Wings on my Sleeve

“The greatest test pilot who ever lived. A true inspiration.” British astronaut Tim Peake’s summation of Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown on the cover of Wings on my Sleeve should be enough to immediately sell anyone on this truly fabulous biography…

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Helicopter legend ‘Bravo November’ heads to Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the legendary RAF Chinook HC6A Bravo November…

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How have sanctions affected Russia’s airlines?

Western nations have hit Russia with swathes of sanctions in condemning the country's invasion of Ukraine, but how do these new penalties affect its airlines? Martin Needham reports

BREAKING: Sabre terminates Aeroflot distribution agreement

Aeroflot loses access from a vital piece of ticketing technology, putting its fledgling international operations under even greater pressure

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Analysis: European airlines get creative for Tokyo routes

With Russian airspace out of bounds until further notice, airlines across Europe have dusted off the atlas (and abacus) to establish if and how vital routes to northern and eastern parts of Asia can continue

BREAKING: Video confirms Antonov An-225 has been destroyed

A video circulating on social media reportedly confirms that the world’s only Antonov An-225 was in fact destroyed during fighting at Gostomel Airport near Kyiv in Ukraine.

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Section of former RAF Warboys for sale

A stretch of land for sale on the side of the A141 might not be the most riveting of news stories, but when that land is on the site of former RAF Warboys Airfield, and contains the remains of some wartime buildings, that changes matters somewhat…

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1930s Fleet Reviews

At a time of great change for the service, the Fleet Air Arm demonstrated its strength during a pair of royal reviews

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How Convair tried capturing the market with its CV880 and CV990

Post-war military jet production thrust Convair into the spotlight of speed stardom. Sadly, as Stephen Skinner reports, its civil aviation ambitions simply could not compete

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Inside NATO's Neptune Strike 2022 exercise

Neptune Strike 2022 recently took place in and over the Adriatic Sea, Daniele Faccioli and Remo Guidi report on the multi-nation exercise

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An in-depth look at Russia’s only military flight-test centre

Russia’s only military flight-test establishment, 929th State Flight Test Center, celebrated 100 years of existence in October 2020. Alexander Mladenov delves into its organization and activities

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Mission report: Polish Air Force F-16s in Iceland for NATO Air Policing

In autumn 2021, Polish Air Force F-16s were deployed to Iceland for NATO Air Policing. Bartosz Głowacki reports

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How the An-225 became the super-heavy air cargo king

From 2002 until its destruction during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the unique An-225 aircraft was in regular commercial use, offering oversize and super-heavy transportation capability like no other. Alexander Mladenov and Krassimir Grozev report

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Aeroplane Database: Inside the Sea Harrier

Taking you into the cockpit of the FRS1 and FA2

 

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