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B-25s in unusual Pacific Theatre clash

Lou Fulgaro, one of the four ‘Weary Warriors’ who restored B-25 ‘Barbie III’, recounts an unusual Pacific Theatre clash

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What's different about the upgraded Dassault Mirage 2000D RMV?

French Mirage 2000B and 2000D aircraft have recently been testing upgraded IR sensor systems and chaff/flare dispensers fitted into the new Damocles pod. Babak Taghvaee investigates

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The father and son keeping a Harrier GR.3 ‘alive’ on their farm

The withdrawal of the ever-popular Hawker Siddeley Harrier from British skies was a sad day for aviation enthusiasts – but it hasn’t stopped one Shropshire-based family keeping a GR.3 ‘alive’ on its farm. Darren Harbar chats to a father and son who possess their very own ‘jump jet’

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Exercise Report: RNLAF carry out Ex High Blaze

To maintain mountain qualifications within the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s helicopter force, Exercise High Blaze was executed last September. We spoke to the commander of the exercise

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Greece kicks off multinational Exercise Iniochos 2022

Exercise Iniochos is currently underway at Andravida Air Base in southern Greece, with multiple air forces present

UK MOD to invest £695m into the RAF's Hawk fleet

Over the next 11 years, £695m will be invested by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the RAF’s fleet of Hawk T2s and the Hawk T1s operated by the Red Arrows

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Makanna at Wanaka: Stunning air-to-air photo collection

The world’s best aviation photographer at the world’s most picturesque air show. Does it get any better?

Historic Aviation Quiz

What will you score this week?

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USAF F-22 Raptors guarding the UAE

Loitering drone strikes by Houthi and PMU rebels in the United Arab Emirates have led to a new role for US Air Force Raptors and other American assets in the volatile region. Babak Taghvaee reports

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What next for start-up Northern Pacific Airways?

America’s newest long-haul carrier Northern Pacific Airways has been a surprise entry into the market. Tom Batchelor spoke to CEO Rob McKinney at its launch and discovers what’s next for the start-up

BA short-haul flights return to Gatwick

British Airways flights from London Gatwick Airport to European destinations are back after a two-year hiatus. Today’s international short-haul trips to Larnaca, Amsterdam, Paphos and Tenerife launched the flag carrier's return to the West Sussex, UK hub, with more flights promised in coming weeks.

Cessna 414 Chancellor for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Flysimware has released the Cessna 414AW Chancellor for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Six US Navy Growlers deployed to Germany

Six US Navy EA-18G Growlers have arrived at 1Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on deployment. The aircraft, which are from Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, arrived on March 28.

Airbus uses prototype A380 in 100% engine SAF flights

Airbus has flown an A380-800 with one of the quad jet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in a first for the European manufacturer.

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A look around the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Assistant editor James Peene made a seven-hour, 400-mile round trip to visit Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton. It was worth the journey

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Why have mirror paint schemes appeared on USAF fighters?

Multiple US military aircraft have appeared recently wearing a highly reflective coating. David Axe digs into the potential reasong behind this

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Canada picks F-35 as preferred Hornet fighter replacement

Public Services and Procurement Canada has chosen to take Lockheed Martin's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter into the “finalisation phase” of its plan to procure 88 fighters as replacements for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CF-18 Hornets

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Eurovision: Europe's drone ambitions

The Eurodrone platform is expected to be the focus of attention for Europe in the coming years, delivering a medium altitude, long endurance UAV for a quartet of the continent’s leading military powers

Boeing and Airbus join forces on Germany’s heavy lift helicopter programme

Aviation giants Boeing and Airbus Helicopters signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on March 25 to commence a partnership on the H-47 Chinook helicopter for Germany

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 86

Welcome to the 86th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Rotate MD-11 for X-Plane Released

After almost five years in development, aircraft developer Rotate has released the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 for X-Plane.

Wizz Air expands London Gatwick routes as South Terminal reopens

Ultra low-cost operator Wizz Air has launched the first of 18 new routes from London/Gatwick – within hours of the airport reopening its South Terminal.

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Yankee doodlebug: America's copy of the German V-1 bomb

Attacks from German V-1 flying bombs gained notoriety during World War Two. Less well known is that the US developed its own version of the missile, the Republic-Ford JB-2, based on recovered remains of enemy weapons. Bill Cahill sheds light on the story

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How the Vietnam War transformed combat air rescue

Huge advances in helicopter technology saved countless lives

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100 Squadron: RAF's Hawk T1 aggressor unit disbands

After 105 years of service and spending the last two decades as an aggressor unit of the RAF, No 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, laid down its sword as an operational unit on March 24

 

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