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New Zealand sends C-130H(NZ) and personnel to Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed around 80 military personnel alongside a RNZAF-operated Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules aircraft to Afghanistan to support the ongoing evacuation efforts of coalition forces, civilians and collaborators from the country

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 57

Welcome to the 57th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Flying Transatlantic on the Whispering Giant

Prior to the Britannia, nicknamed the Whispering Giant, entering service with Canadian Pacific Air Lines the esteemed F. G. Swanborough was invited to experience flying on this propliner from the UK to Vancouver to attend the opening of a new hangar for the type. He also took the opportunity while there to report on the civil aviation scene in western Canada for his article that appeared in the March 7, 1958 issue of The Aeroplane

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31st FW F-16s conduct live-fire exercise in the UK

For the first time in 14 years, the USAF’s 31st Fighter Wing had the opportunity to conduct F-16C Fighting Falcon air-to-air live fire training employment within the US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa area of responsibility, between July 9-16

60th FS reactivates as second F-35A unit at Eglin AFB

The USAF officially reactivated the 60th Fighter Squadron 'Fighter Crows' at Eglin AFB, Florida, under the 33rd Fighter Wing - a component of the 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command - on August 20

US DoD activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to assist with Afghanistan efforts

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III announced on August 22 that he has ordered the Commander of US Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet programme to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation

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Airliner storage sitrep

In part four of our Global Airline Report, we examine the situation relating to airliner storage

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ANALYSIS: Is NATO's NFTE training initiative feasible?

Launched in June 2020, the NATO initiative to create a military pilot training network across the European continent is still being regarded as an undertaking with uncertain prospects. We look at the evolving business case, aimed at offering cost-efficient multinational training solutions

German H145Ms sent to support Afghanistan withdrawal efforts

Germany has deployed two Special Forces H145M helicopters to Kabul, Afghanistan, to assist with the evacuation process. The helicopters were loaded onto a German Air Force Airbus A400M and then departed from Wunstorf Air Base, Germany, for Kabul on August 20

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CSG21: VMFA-211 F-35Bs conduct cross-deck training with USS America

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the USMC's VMFA-211 'Wake Island Avengers' conducted a first-of-its-kind operation on August 20, when the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters launched from the HMS Queen Elizabeth and landed aboard the USS America, to load ordnance, refuel and strike follow-on objectives

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Quiz: Airliner recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your airliner recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

USAF rolls out T-1A Jayhawks in heritage colours

US Air Force/47th Flying Training Wing Beechcraft T-1A Jayhawk 91-0086 ‘XL’ was unveiled during a ceremony on August 13 in new 86th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) ‘Rio Lobos’ heritage colours at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

Poland deploys F-16s to Iceland for the first time

As part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission, the Polish Air Force has deployed multiple Lockheed Martin F-16C/D-52+ Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters to Iceland for a several-week deployment through September

Two seriously injured in US Navy TH-57 Sea Ranger crash

While on a routine training flight from Milton-Whiting Field Naval Air Station South Airport, Florida, a US Navy Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter crashed on August 19 in an open field just west of Naval Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa, Florida

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Saab to offer Gripen E/Fs to the Czech Air Force

The Czech Air Force requirement for a new fighter solution is now 'hotting' up. As the 23-year-long Saab Gripen C/D lease is ending in 2027, a decision will have to be made before 2023 to allow for a lead-in time of about four years

Pilot killed in Russian MiG-29SMT crash

A Russian Air Force MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-F crashed on August 18, killing the pilot. The press service of the Southern Military District said that the aircraft came down in an open area near the Ashchuluk training ground, in the Astrakhan region, during a routine training flight.

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The unconventional Blohm und Voss BV 141

One of the more unusual aircraft to emerge from Germany’s aviation industry during the Nazi era was the Blohm und Voss BV 141. Malcolm V Lowe describes this unconventional type’s protracted development and eventual fate

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Above and Beyond: RAF observer Jack Strain

Graham Pitchfork reflects on the valour of RAF observer Jack Strain who flew in the Mediterranean theatre during World War Two

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The Witching Hour: Russia's Night Witches

Driven by thirst for revenge, Russia’s fearless all-female bomber regiment cast a deadly spell over its Nazi prey, as Tara Leggett relates...

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Phil Makanna is Lord of The Skies

For more than 45 years, Phil Makanna has been capturing incredible images of aircraft in flight. It’s a passion that has seen him photograph an unrivalled range of rare, exotic and historic models spanning the entire history of flight...

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A History of Aircraft Carriers

Aviation at sea: Chris Croot continues his delve into aircraft carrier history, covering the Korean War and Vietnam conflicts

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Hawker Hunter at 70

On the 70th anniversary of its first flight, Bertie Simmonds reflects how the graceful, elegant and deadly Hawker Hunter was the greatest aircraft to come from the pen of Sir Sydney Camm

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The Lightning & The Swallow

Donald Nijboer reveals the fascinating World War Two fight for air superiority over New Guinea and Rabaul

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Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar: Inside the Spitfire Workshop

With numerous projects on the go, the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill is always bustling with activity. Darren Harbar visited the former Battle of Britain airfield to see how plans are progressing…

FlyPast Podcast Episode 35

For this episode we're joined by Peter Neale, one the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum based at former RAF Manston...

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