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The combined experts of AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft Journal and Key.Aero offer analysis on NATO and Ukrainian aircraft movements; Russian and Ukrainian air defences and ongoing operations in the region.

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

With one of the largest air forces in the world, many are questioning why Russia has not yet achieved control of the skies above Ukraine. Alan Warnes details the situation as we know it

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Aeroplane April 2022

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Historic Aviation Quiz: Concorde Edition

Concorde made its final passenger flight 19 years ago, but how well do you know this legendary Speedbird?

Ten Boeing 737 MAX 8s for Norwegian

Short-haul operator Norwegian has signed lease deals with AerCap for ten new Boeing 737-800 MAX 8s - boosting its fleet to 80 aircraft ready for upcoming summer seasons.
The ten MAX 8 jets will come on stream next year, the airline revealed.

Spitfire MH434 'tour' and Ukraine appeal 

Old Flying Machine Company leader Sarah Hanna is raising money for the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal by offering a special talk and tour of the Duxford-based company’s legendary Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MH434

F-111 capsule ejection system explained

The F-111 had an unusual ejection system about which Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) reveals some remarkable facts

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New future for airworthy Mosquito at Canadian home

De Havilland Mosquito VR796 is to join the aircraft collection at the Okanagan, Canada-based KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence which is due to open later this year

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The incredible literary legacy of the Falklands War

Tim Ripley highlights some of the many books and an award-winning drama to emerge in the 40 years since the 1982 conflict.

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Polish airport near Ukraine border could be key defence support hub

Poland’s Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, located in the southeast of the country just 50 miles from the Ukraine border, could be playing a significant part of the NATO response to the ongoing Russian invasion, with multiple Allied transport aircraft arriving over the past 24 hours

New Turkish Destination for MSFS

ST Simulations has released Adana Sakirpasa Airport (LTAF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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French Sea Fury sold to new owner in Canada

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 TF987 (WH589/F-AZXJ) is on its way to a new home in Canada…

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Finnair implements “emergency continency plan” as crisis deepens

Finnair has warned that airspace changes caused by the crisis in Ukraine could have a “significant” impact on its business. The Helsinki-based carrier is the among the most exposed to the dramatic deterioration in relations with Moscow

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First flight of the Republic F-84 Thunderjet

On 28th February 1946, the Republic F-84 Thunderjet made its first flight. Despite coming up against several issues in the initial stages, it went on to become an extremely successful and well-loved aircraft

F-111E exercises and weapons detachments

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls the exercises and weapons detachments he participated in while flying with the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing

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Brittany Ferries sets sights on Cross-Channel Seagliders

Could the humble seaplane make a triumphant return to 21st century relevancy and give conventional ferries a run for their money? Tom Batchelor explores a radical new project that could revolutionise cross-Channel travel

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An-225 Mriya: Antonov’s Lonely Giant

With reports stating that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to the destruction of the Antonov An-225 Mriya, Key Aero revisits the history of the world’s largest aircraft

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Ukraine crisis: Antonov An-225 reportedly destroyed

Following days of conflict in Ukraine, one of the largest aircraft ever built, the Antonov An-225 Mriya has been destroyed by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian officals

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Ukraine ‘appreciates’ Turkish defence support, calls out earlier German reluctance

A senior Ukrainian official has praised the contribution that Turkey has in providing support to the country’s armed forces, before calling out Germany's earlier reluctance

Flying the F-111E in the UK, roles and memorable sorties

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls what it was like flying in the UK and describes a typical F-111 low-level training sortie

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Lufthansa Cargo outlines A321P2F launch date

In response to the “continuing growth” of eCommerce demand, Lufthansa Cargo plans to kick-off operations with the Airbus A321P2F (passenger-to-freighter) from March 15 in a bid to offer its customers “even more capacity” and “additional fast connections”.

Upper Heyford F-111 Pilot Interview – Cold War Tales - Full length

Former USAF F-111 pilot Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) gives fascinating insights into this potent fighter-bomber and recounts some flying experiences while based RAF Upper Heyford with the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing

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Poland's NATO Baltic Air Policing mission report

Poland’s Military Contingency Orlik 10, deployed to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, is midway through the 58th rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission. Bartosz Głowacki reports

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In pictures: MiG-21 action at Croatia’s Zagreb-Pleso

Chris Lofting caught up with some MiG-21 action in the winter sun at Croatia’s Zagreb-Pleso in January

Thought BA’s Alex Cruz had disappeared? Think again…

Since Alex Cruz stepped down as chief executive of British Airways, the Spaniard has been linked with various high-profile management positions across the global aviation sector. Now, after months of the industry rumour mill running red-hot, it appears he has finally agreed terms on at least one new aviation role. 

QUIZ: Think you know your ICAO codes?

You've proven your planespotting prowess with IATA codes, now it's time to turn things up a gear. Do you have what it takes to take on our ICAO code

 

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