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FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's picture of the week was taken by Daniel Butcher

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100th ARW conducts ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment deployment to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from September 13-16

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Swissair - Goodbye Metropolitan, Hello DC-9

The arrival of the DC-9 with Swissair meant the days of its last propliner were numbered, although as revealed in the August 25, 1966 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ there were some unexpected complications...

52nd FW F-16s conclude ACE, WIC deployment in the Netherlands

Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and airmen from the USAF’s 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany have recently completed an agile combat employment (ACE) deployment to the Netherlands

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Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 maintenance picture

Figures from Lockheed Martin have revealed all three variants of the F-35 stealth fighter are ahead of the required mean time between system failure and maintenance hour per flight hour

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India finalises acquisition of 56 Airbus C295s

India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of HAL/BAe 748M Subroto aircraft, which are primarily referred to locally as the Avro, after the company which originally designed the type. The finalisation of the deal was announced by Airbus Defence and Space on September 24

FlyPast Podcast Episode 40

For this episode were joined by Andrew Panton of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre to talk about East Kirkby and Lancaster NK611 Just Jane...

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Behind-the-scenes on CSG21 with HMS Queen Elizabeth's Commander Air Wing

We caught up with Capt James 'Blackers' Blackmore - the Carrier Air Wing Commander aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) - to uncover more about the carrier's maiden deployment

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Nigerian A-29B delivery delayed in Iceland

Originally due to arrive at Scotland’s Prestwick Airport on September 19, six Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos on a delivery flight to the Nigerian Air Force have been held captive at Keflavik, Iceland, due to poor weather conditions

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What happened to British Airways World Cargo?

Having ceased operations in 2014, British Airways World Cargo is no more. But what happened to it? Key.Aero finds out

Historic Douglas C-47 “Placid Lassie" to offer cockpit tours at Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show

The Military Aviation Museum Tunison Foundation's C-47 “Placid Lassie" will be open for air show attendees to climb aboard and tour with the crew members of the Tunison Foundation, D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society

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The Brit-built fighters that never flew

Now known its for state-of-the-art ejection seats, from 1934-1944 the Martin-Baker Aircraft Co built fighter aircraft

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The birth of the Wellington

Ken Ellis celebrates the birth of the Wellington and the genius of designer Barnes Wallis, while Andrew Thomas documents the type in service

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Bomber Command's Finest Five

You may have seen our top 10 Bomber Command aircraft feature earlier in the week. Wondering what came in the top spots? We summarise the final five ‘best’ bombers at the RAF’s disposal and compare the statistics of individual models

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A brief history of Bomber Command

The impact of RAF Bomber Command during World War Two should not be underestimated. From beginning to end, it is a tale of courage against the odds

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The Career of Bomber Command pilot John Sauvage

Graham Pitchfork details the career of Bomber Command pilot John Sauvage, which amounted to a remarkable 64 World War Two operations...

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Mr Spitfire meets a pilot from the iconic Battle of Britain Movie

A pilot from the iconic 1968 movie shoot shared his memories with Peter Arnold – aka Mr Spitfire...

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A Bomber Command Tour of Lincolnshire in Pictures

A visual tour of FlyPast's Lincolnshire Bomber Command tour...

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The Inside Story of Squadron Leader Jack Currie DFC

Pilot, leader, artist, actor, presenter, author – Sqn Ldr Jack Currie could turn his hand to almost anything...

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The Nose Art of the Flying Tigers P-40s

Shark-mouth nose-art has been around since World War One, but the Flying Tigers’ P-40s arguably introduced it to popular culture. Shawn Jakway recounts the origins of the Tigers and the history of this particular Warhawk...

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FlyPast November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Five B-21 stealth bomber prototypes are now in production

The USAF’s newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, has confirmed that there are now five Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider test aircraft in production at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

NOCTURNAL ACTIVITY. – When the helicopter returns to Peterborough some of the mail is taken to the railway station and some to the post office for local distribution. A small quantity of mail is carried in the rear compartment, shown open in this photograph. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revolutionary 1949 BEA Helicopter Mail Trial

A fascinating piece in ‘The Aeroplane’ on a trial by BEA for the Post Office in 1949 using helicopters to carry mail

Italian Navy receives final MH-90 MITT helicopter

NHIndustries has delivered the final MH-90 Maritime Italian Navy tactical transport (MITT) helicopter to the Italian Navy, where the type will be utilised for amphibious support and special forces operations

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Colombia takes delivery of two ex-USAF C-130Hs

Two ex-USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports were handed-over to the Colombian Air Force during a formal donation ceremony in Colombia at El Dorado, Bogotà, on September 21

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