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After BA retirements there are now just TWO British Boeing 747s

The pair of jumbos are the last remaining examples on the UK register after the flag carrier retired its fleet last year

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Germany set to bid farewell to final Transalls and LTG 63

We speak with Oberst Markus Kleinbauer, the commanding officer of Lufttransportgeschwader 63, as the unit and its matured Transall C-160Ds enter their final weeks of operation

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The story of BOAC’s ‘Ball-bearing Run' missions

Between 1943 to 1945, a number of de Havilland Mosquitos were operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) to carry vital supplies of cargo from Sweden to Britain

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Swedish Gripens set to start AAR clearance with A400M

Clearing the Saab Gripen C/D for air-to-air refuelling from the Airbus A400M is finally set to start. According to a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) source, an A400M from LTG-62 will deploy from Wunstorf, Germany, to Luleå-Kallax in Sweden on September 13 for two weeks of clearance work

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The jet-powered flying boat that was a nuclear bomber

Before submarines took on a strategic nuclear missile role, the US Navy sought to use jet-powered flying boats to carry nuclear weapons. In 1955, The Aeroplane revealed the first photos of this new concept

How Air Astana returned to profit in the pandemic

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier flew back into the black in the first half of this year. Key.Aero spoke to Peter Foster, the airline’s president and CEO, to find out how this was possible

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your historic aviation knowledge in this instalment of the weekly quiz... it's fiendishly tricky!

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Society Islands XP - Bora Bora & Leeward Islands Out Now

Aerosoft has announced the Society Islands XP - Bora Bora & Leeward Islands package is now available for X-Plane 11.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VI: Germany, Austria and Switzerland Released

Asobo Studio has announced World Update VI: Germany, Austria and Switzerland is out now.

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US Army National Guard receives first UH-72B Lakota

Airbus Helicopters revealed on September 7 that it has delivered the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota utility helicopters to the US Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi

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Stretching out: The Douglas DC-9 story

Struggling to sell Sud Caravelles prompted Douglas to go it alone and build its own short-haul jet. While the result came up short against the Boeing 737, it sparked years of development that saw Douglas, and its aircraft, grow in size, as Stephen Skinner reveals

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Boeings, Boeings...Gone

Having survived corporate indecision, neglect and even terrorist attacks, the last two Boeing 707-400s were scrapped within weeks of each other. Andreas Spaeth takes us on a nostalgic journey through their pasts and reveals where you can get a piece of history

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AirForces Monthly October 2021

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Lockheed Martin confident in Czech Republic fighter effort

As the Czech Air Force starts to weigh up a possible replacement for its fleet of Saab 14 Gripen C/Ds, Lockheed Martin has revealed that both the F-35 and F-16 Block 70/72 have been offered, with the two-squadron requirement in the region of 18-24 aircraft

Pakistan Navy inducts first Lineage 1000 maritime patrol aircraft

An induction ceremony was held at Pakistan Naval Station Mehran, Karachi, on September 2 for the Pakistan Navy’s first modern long range maritime patrol twin-jet aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-190ECJ Lineage 1000

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 17

With defence shows and exhibitions opening up again to members of the public, we take a look at the recent Slovak International Air Festival to detail all the news from the event and analysis of the state of the country’s key procurement programmes

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Inside the Afghan airlift of 1928-’29

The recent extensive evacuation from Afghanistan was not the first such event from Kabul. As Vic Flintham explains, the earlier airlift by the RAF alone took place some 93 years ago...

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US Special Ops aircraft cover Kabul evacuation

More than a dozen US Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft joined the US-led airlift mission to evacuate civilians from Kabul in the 15 days after Afghanistan's capital city fell to Taliban forces

Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Update

Asobo Studio has announced the Top Gun: Maverick expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been delayed until May 2022.

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Aviation's start-up supremos - Part 2

In the concluding half of a special report, Tom Batchelor highlights some of the new airlines to watch across global markets this year

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Aviation News October 2021

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Slovakia’s advanced jet trainer competition hots up

The Slovak Air Force is looking for a new advanced jet trainer to replace the obsolete aero L-39CM/ZM Albatros. The delivery of 14 new F-16C/D Block 70s, starting in mid-2023 has made it a top priority, with Leonardo and Aero Vodochody offering solutions

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Tenth Anniversary Meteor Tribute from 1954

After a decade in service The Aeroplane’s July 9, 1954 issue looks back over the type’s development with a particular focus on 25 Sqn

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New home for Aussie Catalina

The RCMPA has been denied the ability to create a long hoped-for aviation heritage centre at the former WW2 era RAAF base Rathmines on the shores of Lake Macquarie

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 59

Welcome to the 59th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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