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Military

AC-130Ws demonstrate ASuW role in the Middle East

In a first-of-its-kind joint exercise with the US Navy, Lockheed AC-130W Stinger IIs from the US Air Force have practiced supporting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf, demonstrating the type’s anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role.

Black Sea Fleet naval pilots begin Ka-31R flight training

The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has started training crews to fly its new Kamov Ka-31R airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopter.

USAF purchases two AT-6C Wolverines

Textron Aviation Defense has announced that the US Air Force (USAF) has now officially purchased two AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft.

RNLAF renews PC-7 maintenance contract with RUAG

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has renewed a contract with RUAG MRO Switzerland to provide propeller maintenance to its Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer fleet.

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The Airborne Connector

A US Air Force aircraft type that had quietly gone about its trade for nearly 15 years came into sharp focus after a crash in Afghanistan. Combat Aircraft Journal examines the role of the E-11A BACN.

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Commercial

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Polynesian propliners

Commercial aviation has been a difficult nut to crack in Tonga since the first domestic flights took off in 1972. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South Pacific kingdom and the brief period when Chathams Pacific connected the island nation with Convair classics

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Picking up the pieces

The domestic aviation market in the UK experienced seismic shocks in 2020. Tom Batchelor reviews the events of the last 12 months and speaks to executives of the country’s major airlines to find out how they weathered the storm created by the collapse of Flybe and the COVID-19 pandemic

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Aviation transformations

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

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Historic

Inside the Vulcan’s bomb bay

Watch as Taff Stone, Chief Engineer at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, discusses the deadly weaponry that XH558 could be equipped with...

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

Nicknamed ‘The Flying Pencil’, the Bristol 188 performed its maiden flight on April 14, 1962. Here are five stunning photos of it from our archive

Bumper Vulcan Quiz

You might think you know everything there is to know about the Avro Vulcan, but we've put together the ultimate quiz to find out just how much you really know...

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Controls for Airliners

A Beginner’s Guide Saitek’s Pro Flight Yoke has been...

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PA-28R Arrow III

The Flight of the Arrow Just Flight Crisp textures are...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Airliners

An introduction to airliner simulation The Saab 340 is...

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