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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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NAWDC operates previously embargoed F-16A/B Block 15 OCUs as part of its adversary fleet. US Department of Defense Feature Premium

What is TOPGUN like today?

More than 50 years after its formation, TOPGUN adheres to the same basic tenet of delivering excellence to the Fleet

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Insights from a real TOPGUN instructor

Retired US Navy CDR Jim ‘Jambo’ Ray shares some of his experiences as a TOPGUN instructor with Dr Kevin Wright

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CROYDON: how London’s ‘first’ hub airport captured the 1930s air travel boom

Competition was hotting-up between British and intercontinental airlines as a new decade of flight aboard now-legendary types beckoned for the well-heeled. In the third of our six-part series  – with fascinating images of the era – Croydon’s response to growing domestic and international demand comes  into focus

TOPGUN shares access to the Super Hornet with NAWDC’s other components, but on occasion borrows aircraft from other units. Those include VFA-106, one of which squadron’s F/A-18Fs is seen here during a training mission at El Centro, California. US Navy Feature Premium

The F/A-18 Super Hornet: the star of Top Gun Maverick

Like the Hornet before it, the Super Hornet’s arrival into US Navy service was via a somewhat unusual route. Today it delivers world-class capability from the carrier deck

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Stunning photos of the RAeS Garden Party 1956

A delightful day’s flying, courtesy the Royal Aeronautical Society — and one that could almost be repeated in the present

QUIZ: Think you know your ICAO codes? (PART TWO!)

We had a phenomenal response to our ICAO code quiz earlier in the year, so here’s a second helping which promises to sort the airport aficionados from the airfield amateurs – good luck!

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What happened to the 'Thistle Squadron'?

The so-called ‘Thistle Squadron’ was the first in the Belgium Air Force earmarked to receive the new Hawker Hurricane. Col Michel ‘Mike’ Terlinden and Daniel Brackx recount the story

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet vs Super Hornet: what's the difference?

Tom Kaminski assesses the US Navy’s Hornets and Super Hornets and compares their capabilities.

An A-4E ‘Mongoose’ (the unofficial name for this sub-type) awaits its next sortie from Naval Air Station Miramar. These jets were fast and manoeuvrable, making them excellent adversaries. US NAVY Feature Premium

TOPGUN - The early years

Marcelo Ribeiro marked the 50th anniversary of the US Navy’s iconic dissimilar air combat training squadron – TOPGUN – in 2019 by exploring its formative years

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What is the real TOPGUN like?

The long-awaited sequel to the movie Top Gun will be a Hollywood depiction of what happens at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School. Jamie Hunter and Richard Collens tell the story of the real TOPGUN — a school of combat excellence in the high desert

Second Iwakuni-based F-35B squadron declares Full Operational Capability

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 has reached Full Operational Capability and is ready to support its full complement of intended missions

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Norse Gatwick flights – launch info revealed

The latest transatlantic challenger airline has confirmed when it will start flying from London.

US approves sale of 23 CH-47Fs to Egypt

A possible Foreign Military Sale of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters and related equipment to the Government of Egypt has been approved by the US State Department for an estimated cost of $2.6bn

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Lufthansa’s early Boeing 727 operations

Lufthansa was the first airline in Europe to fly the Boeing 727 and ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ December 31, 1964 issue looked at the type’s first seven months of operations with the German carrier

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Investigators find cause of Navy Wings Sea Fury crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has concluded its inquiry into a crash of a Hawker Sea Fury T Mk 20.

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Romanian MiG-21 fleet gains one-year lease of life as operations resume

After suspending all flight activities with its ageing MiG-21 LanceR B/C fleet on April 15 for safety reasons, the Romanian Air Force has resumed operations with the Cold War-era fighter for a one-year period, after which the type will be withdrawn from service

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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 ahead of the Hampshire gathering

VF-124 was the Tomcat RAG. This Miramar line-up had been prepared for an inspection. US Navy Feature Premium

Miramar – TOPGUN’s Ancestral Home

TOPGUN was established as the Navy Fighter Weapons School, out of VF-121 at Naval Air Station Miramar. Today, the facility is a key US Marine Corps station

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New consultation on Gatwick expansion plans

Bosses at London/Gatwick have confirmed there will be a further consulting period linked to the airport’s expansion proposals.

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TOPGUN through the ages

The US Navy’s TOPGUN fighter weapons school is marking 50 years of training. Combat Aircraft charts its history and success and finds a center of excellence that is adapting for the future.

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De Havilland's ten greatest aircraft: do you agree?

Steve Beebee attempts the impossible – picking out the ten greatest aircraft from the immortal de Havilland stable

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A look into Italy's Suppression of Enemy Air Defence Unit: 155 Gruppo

Combat Aircraft Journal recently visited Ghedi Air Base, home to the Italian Air Force’s 155° Gruppo Electronic Warfare Tactical Suppression (ETS), to learn how the Tornado ECR and F-35A Lightning II are training for dangerous enemy radar destruction missions

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Aeroplane July 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Airliner World July 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Manchester adds Middle Eastern link

The Northwest hub now offers routes from six Gulf airlines

 

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