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INSIGHT: An overview of the two-week airlift effort to evacuate Kabul

We give an overview of the massive two-week airlift from Kabul, which extracted thousands of Afghans and many other nationalities fleeing from the Taliban takeover

Quickie Q200 Takes Flight in MSFS

Lionheart Creations releases the Quickie Q200 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Airbus secures A400M order from Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan will become the ninth operator of the A400M heavy-lift tactical transport after Airbus announced that the nation had ordered two examples of the type on September 1

US Navy MH-60S crashes off the coast of San Diego

Search and rescue efforts for five missing crew members continue off the coast of San Diego, California, after a US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk crashed into the Pacific Ocean on August 31

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IN-DEPTH: Russia's declining Su-27/30 Flanker fleet

The Sukhoi Su-27/30 fleet in Russia is now declining in numbers; even if it is set to continue more or less unchanged in the foreseeable future, as we explain

Emirates to accelerate last A380 deliveries

The Middle Eastern airline hopes to have reintroduced the superjumbo on more than a dozen routes by October

Draken to close UK-based helicopter training academy

Draken Europe has announced plans to close its UK-based Helicopter Academy at the end of this year with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic a key factor in the decision, as limitations on travel to and from the UK reduced its ability to secure new orders

Irish Air Corps’ first C295W in production

The initial Airbus Defence C295W for the Irish Air Corps is progressing well on the production line at Seville-San Pablo Airport, Spain

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USAF releases report into MQ-9A crash in Africa

A newly released USAF Abbreviated Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report has revealed the previously unreported loss of an MQ-9A Reaper RPAS in an unspecified location in the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility on June 24, 2020

A Canadair Sabre 6 of No. 441 Sqn., R.C.A.F., seen approaching the top of a loop, with the automatic slats extended as the minimum airspeed is reached. With CF-100s, these Canadian fighters are on continual “Zulu” alert in Europe. Photograph copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Sensational Sabre 6 Scrutinsed

The June 14, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane featured a report on the latest version of the Sabre, which was populating Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons deployed in Europe

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Flight Adventure: A Caribbean Tour

As the northern hemisphere works its way towards winter, we’ll warm our bones by flying regional routes in the northern Caribbean between the US Virgin Islands in the north and Martinique in the south.

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Flight Adventure: Tasmanian Odyssey

Tasmania is as far south as you can go in Australia and is exposed to the sometimes wild weather that sweeps in from the west on the 'Roaring 40s'. Pick the right weather, however, and the clear air will give you views that seem to stretch from one side of Tasmania to the other!

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Inside Exercise Sea Breeze 2021

Back to full strength after a pandemic-driven hiatus, the joint NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercise returned to the Black Sea in 2021 - with Russia determined to be 'noisy neighbors', as we report

UK accelerates Hawk T1 retirement plans

Plans to retire the Royal Air Force's British Aerospace Hawk T1 fleet have been accelerated

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Turkish F-16s train with Polish forces during Enhanced Air Policing

Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50+ Fighting Falcons currently deployed in Malbork, Poland for NATO Enhanced Air Policing conducted aerial manoeuvres with a Polish Air Force CASA C295M aircraft

Lockheed Martin receives Indian C-130J-30 support contract

Lockheed Martin announced on August 24 that it has been awarded a US$328.8m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for India's fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports

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Singapore’s prototype Advanced A330 MRTT undergoes final tests

Republic of Singapore Air Force-operated Airbus A330 MRTT - serial 764 - which has been converted as a prototype of the automatic air-to-air-refuelling (A3R) A330 SMART MRTT, has returned to Spain for completion of its trials programme

BREAKING: Jet2 selects A321neo with its first ever Airbus order

After weeks of speculation, the airline selected the European airframer for its new narrowbodies

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Split for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced LDSP Split Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

“Altitude was my fuel”: A330 captain on Atlantic dual engine failure

In part two of an exclusive interview with Key.Aero, the commander of Air Transat Flight 236 recounts the incredible story of his dual engine flameout over the Atlantic and 75-mile-long glide to a successful landing

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 16

We speak with former USAF pilot, Dean ‘Wilbur’ Wright, who discusses his impressive career of flying the A-10 and F-117A operationally, as well as for the service’s world-renowned Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron and his time on the Harrier GR7 during an exchange tour with the RAF

Air New Zealand reveals future fleet strategy

Kiwi flag carrier unveils long-term plans for its roster as it continues to deal with the impact of the pandemic

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 58

Welcome to the 58th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Tally Ho Project launches patron's scheme!

The Tally Ho Project aims to teach younger generations lessons of courage, resilience, duty and unity through the stories of those who served through the Battle of Britain... and now, the project is asking for your support!

Quiz: Airline Recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your European airline recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

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