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VMFA-225 become latest USMC F-35 squadron

Marine fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225 ‘Vikings’ of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, performed its first flight with the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma on September 25

SA 315B Lama Takes Flight in X-Plane

X-Plane developers Philip Ubben and Khamsin have released the SA 315B Lama for X-Plane 11.

RAF Typhoons fly with Egyptian Air Force after two decades

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s currently deployed as part of the 903 Expeditionary Air Wing at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus flew with Egyptian Air Force F-16 Block 52s during Exercise Bright Star 21 over Egypt

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 22

Episode 22 of The Air Warrior Podcast brings you all the latest news from the military aerospace sector, including an impact analysis to the UK of the production rebaseline of the F-35 stealth fighter. Meanwhile, the Modern Military team discusses the IDET 2021 exhibition in Brno, and the fluctuating fortunes of Italian aerospace systems supplier Piaggio.

Hammerfest for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest Norwegian destination from Orbx is ENHF Hammerfest Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Sikorsky delivers first Connecticut-built CH-53K to the USMC

The first CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter to be built at Sikorsky's facility in Stratford, Connecticut, has been delivered to the USMC

AviaAM delivers first converted 737-800

AviaAM Leasing has delivered its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to the lessee, Bluebird Nordic

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Inside Embraer's new turboprop project

Could the humble turboprop’s best years be yet to come? Gordon Smith sits down with Embraer’s Martyn Holmes and Rodrigo Silva e Souza to discuss one of the industry’s hottest topics

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AirForces Monthly November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Aviation News November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

USAF B-1B bombers conduct JTACs, ACE training over Europe

Currently deployed to the UK for Bomber Task Force-Europe 22-1, two USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers integrated with allied JTACs over Lithuania and hot-pit refuelled at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany before returning to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, on October 11

FIRST TIME IN BRITAIN. – On August 28 the first Convair-liner to be seen in this country arrived at Heathrow. It belongs to Trans-Australia Airlines, and was on delivery from San Diego, California to Melbourne. Feature Premium

Convair-liner 1948 UK debut

Heathrow Airport hosted the first visit to the UK of a CV-240 (which be the first of many variants of this family), with the event covered in the September 10, 1948 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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Polish Air Force receives first Boeing 737 BBJ2

The first new Boeing 737-800 BBJ2 (tactical number 0111), named “Roman Dmowski” landed at Warsaw Chopin Airport on October 7 with Polish military pilots at the controls and was welcomed with a water salute

Danish F-16s clock busy first month of Baltic Air Policing operations

Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons have been extremely busy during the first month of a three-month Baltic Air Policing deployment in Lithuania

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 64

Welcome to the 64th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

UKCSG21 performs exercises with Singapore Defence

The UK Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) led by flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth conducted exercises with both the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy over the weekend, and will dock in Changi, Singapore, on October 11

USAF divests last of 17 B-1Bs as it prepares for B-21

US Air Force Global Strike Command has concluded the divesture of 17 Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic supersonic bombers as the final example departed Edwards AFB, California, for the ‘Boneyard’ at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, on September 23

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Behind the scenes of Britain's last airliner programme

The British Aerospace 146 took to the air on its maiden flight 40 years ago this September. Twenty years and 20 days later, the AVRO RJX100 made its first flight. Derek Ferguson recalls his time testing the quiet, diminutive quad-jet

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Making the Mad Dog

The Douglas DC-9 stole a march on the BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 737, but McDonnell Douglas had another trick up its sleeve, as Stephen Skinner discovers in the second half of our two-part feature

Quiz: North American Airlines

Can you identify these airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

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Overheating APU caused nearly US$3m of damage to USAF F-22

A new US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report has revealed that an overheating auxiliary power unit (APU) caused nearly US$3m of damage to an F-22A Raptor in a previously unreported incident at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on October 30, 2020

Palma De Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight has announced Palma de Mallorca (LEPA) Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

NATO JTACs train with allied fighters in the Baltic

Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from NATO’s Enhanced Presence (eFP) battle group ran drills with Força Aérea Portuguesa (FAP, Portuguese Air Force) Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons and Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) Eurofighter F-2000As from October 4-6

For the H.P. 80’s crescent wing an interesting development in the form of leading-edge flaps has been applied in order to improve lateral control at the stall. This view of the aircraft brings out the high mounted tailplane; the thin wing; and the generous intakes for the four Sapphires. Feature Premium

Revolutionary Victor design insights

The Handley Page H.P. 80, later to be named the Victor, had a new wing design which bestowed excellent performance. The virtues of this ground-breaking shape were explained by no less than Handley Page’s chief designer in the January 2, 1953 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

US Navy F/A-18E refuels RAF F-35Bs for the first time

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have conducted buddy-buddy air-to-air refuelling operations with a US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time

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