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FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week is by Ian Amis

FlyPast Podcast Episode 39

For this episode we're talking to Nicky van der Drift, the Chief Executive at Lincolnshire's International Bomber Command Centre.

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F-117As conduct DACT training with 144th FW F-15s

Two Lockheed F-117A Nighthawks arrived at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport in California on September 13 to perform dissimilar air combat training (DACT) operations with Boeing F-15C/D Eagles assigned to the 144th FW

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DSEI 2021: Airbus proposes H175M for UK’s NMH requirement

Airbus Helicopters has revealed that it intends to offer its H175M super-medium-class utility rotorcraft for the UK Ministry of Defence’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement

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How ex-Walmart boss saved Air New Zealand

If there were ever to be a contest for the worst time to become an airline CEO, January 2020 could be a contender. Greg Foran, Air New Zealand’s chief executive, spoke to Thomas Haynes about his turbulent first 18 months in the job

AFSOC developing amphibious capability for MC-130J

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is moving forward with long-standing plans to develop an amphibious capability for the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II

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DSEI 2021: RAF reveals second Protector RG1 unit

The RAF has revealed that No 13 Squadron ‘The Stabbed Cats’ will be the second operational unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector RG1 remotely piloted air system

Historic Aviation Quiz

What will you score this week?

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DSEI 2021: BAE and Malloy team-up on all-electric T-650 UAS

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric heavy-lift uncrewed air system at the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

Dates and prices announced for Visit the Vulcan Day, Southend

London Southend Airport is home to the preservation effort of Avro Vulcan XL426. Now, you can see the former Royal Air Force bomber up close at their Visit the Vulcan Day, and even have the opportunity to climb inside the cockpit...

Aeroplane Heaven Spitfire Takes Flight in MSFS

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Mk1A Supermarine Spitfire for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Sub. Lieut. Boas lifts Wessex “300” off the pad at Culdrose for a practice sortie. Feature Premium

Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

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Supersonic sweet spot

United States-based start-up Exosonic aims to have a Mach 1.8-capab le airliner in service by the mid-2030s. As projects aiming for similar continue to fold, Paul E Eden discovered the passion driving this firm’s ambitious high-speed plans as it streaks towards to its goal

Indonesia’s first C-130J-30 in production

After much speculation over the last couple of years, it has finally been confirmed that the Indonesian Air Force has ordered the C-130J Super Hercules

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DSEI 2021: BriteCloud set to begin flight trials with US F-16s

Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy is quickly progressing towards flight trials with Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the US Air National Guard

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DSEI 2021: Leonardo launches 'Team AW149 UK' to support NMH bid

Leonardo announced the launch of Team AW149 UK during the first day of the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

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The kamikaze pilot whose family sacrificed themselves for his career 

One of seven children, Hajime Fujii was a fiercely determined individual who reflected the Japanese ethos in World War Two. So shocking was his story that it remained a government held secret for decades… 

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Fatal Air India Express crash captain ‘did not respond’ to go-around call

The overrun, which led to the deaths of 19 passengers and two pilots, occurred during a repatriation flight

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 18

Episode 18 of The Air Warrior Podcast speaks with BAE Systems on its Tempest programme, intended to introduce a sixth-generation fighter for the Royal Air Force for the mid-2030s.

New Austrian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Kufstein-Langkampfen Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

The fuselage of the B-36 is almost completely circular in section. Points of interest include the radar scanner behind the steerable nosewheel unit, the offset bomb-aiming panel, and nose cannon. All "Aeroplane" photographs Feature Premium

10-engine US Bomber’s 1951 UK debut

The first arrival in the UK of the USAF’s gargantuan Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ 70 years ago, with the reporter suitably impressed

Breeze Airways’ first A220 breaks cover as airline increases order

The airline disclosed an order boost while unveiling a striking scheme for the type

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 60

Welcome to the 60th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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CH-53K recovers MH-60S in first fleet mission success

A Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter was used to successfully recover a damaged US Navy-operated MH-60S Knighthawk from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on September 5

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