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High Society: US Air Force Special Operation Command

The US Air Force Special Operations Command is making extensive efforts to expand its aviation fleet’s capabilities, while evolving tactics to address growing adversarial threats

During the Falklands conflict air-to-air refuelling was to prove invaluable when Avro Vulcan B.2 XM607 made the first of several raids on the vital airfield at Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. Key Collection Feature Premium

Falklands War - The first Vulcan raid

Just as the Vulcan and Victor’s operational sunset approached, war clouds appeared on the horizon and the V-Force jets were thrust into a real shooting war. Chris Pierce recalls the first Black Buck raid on Port Stanley Airfield

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Airbus confident of Asia-Pacific airlifter sales

Airbus Defence and Space CEO Michael Schoellhorn has predicted further sales across the company’s airlift portfolio in the foreseeable future

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Do you remember ANA's 737 long-haul business jet?

We learn how and why Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) swapped an order for two regular Boeing 737-700s for something far more interesting to push the envelope of premium flying

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Airline pilots give verdict on favourite airports

It isn’t just passengers who have best-loved airports – pilots often do, too. From hubs to hilltops, in their own words we hear why certain airfields stand out from the crowd.

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EXCLUSIVE: RAF's new AOC No 1 Group talks Combat Air and ISTAR forces

Air Vice Marshal Ian Duguid moved sideways from his role as the head of the RAF’s 11 Group, tasked with multi-domain integration, to the 1 Group, running the combat air force fleet and surveillance aircraft. We recently caught up him with him to find out more

UK and France move forward with FC/ASW programme

France and the UK have confirmed the launch of preparation work for MBDA’s Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme, after a government agreement and other associated contracts were signed on February 18

China Southern accepts pair of Airbus A319neos

China Southern Airlines became the first commercial carrier to accept the Airbus A319neo. The Guangzhou-based firm took simultaneous delivery of two, 136-seat examples, which are currently understood to be China Southern’s sole commitments for the re-engined type.

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The Guinea Pig Club - Edward Bishop

Out of sight was often out of mind for a lot of servicemen wounded in the Second World War. Convalescing in military hospitals away from the delicate gazes of the general public, the sight of a badly burned airman would have been a horrible reminder for many that the war was a very real and terrible thing being played out for the highest stakes on their doorsteps…

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Victor at war in the Gulf and Falklands conflict

Thankfully, the Victor was never used in the role it was originally designed for, but it played an important supporting role in the Falklands conflict (1982) and Gulf War One (1991). Chris Pierce reports.

Chinese Navy ship lases RAAF Poseidon near Australia

While a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was conducting a routine surveillance flight over Australia’s northern approaches on February 17, it detected a laser illuminating the aircraft.

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Putin shows his hand as Russian forces move into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned the world on February 21, 2022, when he signed an agreement that formally recognises two proxy states in eastern Ukraine as independent regions - much to the dismay of the global political community. We detail what this move means for the ongoing crisis and where Russia's air assets are currently deployed in the region

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Second World War aircraft restored using original doping techniques

A Second World War Westland Lysander III (SD), the only surviving Special Duties variant of its type has been restored to its former glory and will be on display at RAF Museum London

Tiny Combat Arena Enters Early Access

MicroProse's new flight combat simulator, Tiny Combat Arena, sports a stylised retro look and various game modes. Dogfight your way in the arena in quick action or create scenarios and take part in a vast war with objectives and armies.

Global Vehicle Traffic for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Scenery developer, LatinVFR has announced Global Vehicle Traffic for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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North American T-6 Texan vs Beechcraft T-6 Texan II

FlyPast heads skywards in two Texans, old and new. Luke Bimm evaluates the experience

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Why Florida's Miami International Airport is thriving

Chris Sloan, our man in America, examines the factors behind explosive growth at the South Florida gateway.

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80th anniversary of Bomber Command’s Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris

On 21st February 1942, Arthur Harris assumed his position as Commander in Chief of Bomber Command. Key.Aero visits Harris' contribution to the war and why some may have been less enamoured by his plans than others...

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Funding for second tranche of UK F-35B fighters “held centrally”

The UK Ministry of Defence looks to have partially committed to the acquisition of a second tranche of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters and additional A400M tactical transport aircraft, following the publication of the latest iteration of the Defence Equipment Plan

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Want to get your hands on a super jumbo souvenir?

Here's how you can get your hands on a piece of an Airbus A380

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Red Air Maestros: A typical day with Draken Europe's Falcon 20s

Draken Europe and its crews onboard the Dassault 20 electronic warfare aircraft train RAF and allied aircrews daily. We explain a typical day’s work for them

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 82

Welcome to the 82nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Regal manner: Development of the King Air ISR platform

The versatile King Air has become popular as an intelligence and reconnaissance platform and is widely operated by forces around the world for this and a variety of other roles, proving that you do not have to reinvent the wheel when seeking to develop niche military capabilities

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Singapore Airshow debrief: Must knows from the show

While numbers were down on previous years, the return of the biennial Singapore Airshow gave a welcome shot in the arm for a beleaguered industry, as Nigel Pittaway reports from Changi

 

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