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Amazing Access in 1941 to a New Variant of Me 109 Feature Premium

Amazing Access in 1941 to a New Variant of Me 109

A revealing insight into a new version of Me 109, from the August 1, 1941 issue of The Aeroplane, which had force-landed in Kent at the height of World War Two

BAE Systems to support joint UK-Qatar Hawk training unit

BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and training for a new joint British-Qatari Hawk training squadron, which will be based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire

FlyPast Podcast Episode 30

For this episode, we’re talking to Sam Worthington-Lees, project director of the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group and catching up on the progress of RB396 and the fund raising efforts so far....

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The SR-71 that outpaced a missile over Libya

The aircraft had been photographing Libyan targets in the aftermath of Operation El Derado Canyon in 1986

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Inside Argentina's newly modernised military pilot training school

The Argentine Air Force Military Aviation School has completed a modernisation process that has made it one of the best equipped and most efficient in Latin America, as we report

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Leonardo Helicopters talk up UK contribution to AW149

Leonardo Helicopters has said it is a “misnomer” to consider the AW149 helicopter to be a purely Italian platform

BA’s 787 nose-gear incident is THIRD of its kind for Dreamliner

Following the release of the AAIB's preliminary report, Key.Aero analyses the two other occasions when this has happened to a Dreamliner

East Midlands Airport runway reopens after Harvard mishap

Photos suggest the aircraft’s undercarriage collapsed during landing

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Indian MH-60Rs arrive at NAS North Island

The first two Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime utility helicopters for the Indian Navy have been flown to NAS North Island at Naval Base Coronado in California, where Indian crews are now being trained on the type

US Army’s 101st AVN welcomes new Chinook unit

The US Army’s 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, welcomed a new Chinook unit on June 22, when Company G was activated at Fort Campbell in Kentucky

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'Mystery’ P-8A Poseidon arrives in Fort Worth

A US Navy-operated Boeing P-8A Poseidon with a mysterious configuration was one of eleven examples of the type to arrive at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas, on July 6 from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, to escape Hurricane Elsa

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RAF progress on cloud-data, drone swarms and synthetic training

The progression of technologies such as cloud-data processing, unmanned swarming systems and synthetic training environments have been listed as targets for the UK’s Royal Air Force

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Analysis: Israel's 11-day air war over the Gaza Strip

In May, the Israeli Defense Forces launched an 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip as it sought to destroy the infrastructure of militant groups in the region. We examine how the war played out

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NASA retires world’s last flying S-3B Viking

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has retired its sole Lockheed S-3B Viking, which was the last example of the type flying anywhere in the world

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Birth of a Legend – B-17 World War Two Debut with the RAF

A revealing report from the August 22, 1941, issue of The Aeroplane into this new bomber, with the author clearly impressed by its design and capabilities

AAIB reveals cause of on-stand BA 787 nose-gear incident

The incident happened last month on stand while cargo was being loaded onto the Dreamliner

2nd ARS conducts final KC-10A sortie

The USAF’s 2nd Air Refueling Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, flew its final McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender sortie on June 30, closing out its operation with the tanker aircraft

Colombia’s first two T-6C Texan IIs enter service

Two Beechcraft T-6C Texan IIs, which were delivered to the Colombian Air Force in May, have been formally inducted into operational service and will begin replacing the air arm’s Cessna T-37Bs in the training role

Boeing 747 overrun Feature Premium

How a collection of minor factors caused 747 overrun in Halifax

The cargo-carrying jumbo was on a multi-leg flight linking Chicago with Changsha/Huanghua in China when it ran off the end while landing in the Canadian city

La Guardia - KLGA 2023 for X-Plane 11

Peek into the future and see how the modern La Guardia airport will look after the construction and redesign phase is over in 2023.

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Report claims spatial disorientation caused Michigan F-16C crash

A US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the loss of an F-16C in the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan, on December 8, 2020, has found that spatial disorientation caused the crash

Historic Aviation Quiz

Find out how well you really know the history of aviation in one of our hardest quizzes to date!

Indian Navy receives tenth P-8I Neptune

Delivery of the tenth Boeing P-8I Neptune to the Indian Navy was completed on July 13, when the aircraft – serial IN329/N536DS (c/n 64891/8296), callsign ‘BOE232’ – arrived at INS Hansa in Goa-Dabolim

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Hey big sender! - The Cargolux story

Capacity, carrying freight and competition are just three of the challenges Cargolux has overcome during its first half-century in business, as Barry Lloyd reveals

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Inside Eurasia's rising star Air Astana

Flourishing Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana has much to celebrate as its 20th birthday approaches – not least a predicted return to profit despite the global pandemic. Jozef Mols details how the former Soviet republic is taking on the world

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