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Serbia signs LoI with Spain for Airbus C295 order

A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed in Madrid on November 4 between the MOD of both Serbia and Spain regarding the procurement of two Airbus C295 transport aircraft

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Incredible colour photos of pre-1950 British fighter aircraft

The early part of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its arrival ushered in a new era of warfare - aerial combat. A new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains over 170 beautifully colourised images of British aircraft produced before 1950. Key.Aero presents a selection of some of our favourite fighter aircraft

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The record breaking North American Sabre

On November 19, 1956 the North American F-86 Sabre set a new world speed record of 698.50mph.

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FlyPast January 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

B.O.A.C.'s first DC-7C, taken at London Airport immediately after its arrival on October 31, the additional centre-section span can clearly be seen in this frontal view.  Photographs copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

BOAC’s first DC-7C

On October 31, 1956 the initial Douglas DC-7C for BOAC touched down in the UK and ‘The Aeroplane’ was there to cast an eye over this new addition to the fleet

British F-35B crashes in the Mediterranean

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter, assigned to No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea

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L-15A Falcons return to DAS with upgraded training systems

Having made its debut at Dubai Airshow in 2009, the Hongdu L-15A Falcon has returned not just to portray its flying capabilities but a new ground-based training set-up

Mustang to fly passengers from Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill-based FlyaSpitfire.com has recently acquired North American P-51D Mustang G-CMDK and plans to operate passenger flights in the two-seater during the 2022 ‘season’.

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The Himalayas for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The next instalment of Orbx’s Microsoft Flight Simulator mesh product line - AS Himalaya and Central Asia Mesh is now available.

Flybe announces first crew base and HQ location

Relaunched regional airline Flybe has revealed the location of its company headquarters and first crew base

Historic Aviation Quiz: film dialogue

This week's historic aviation quiz will test you on your knowledge of classic aviation films by guessing them from just one line... think you're a film buff? We'll see...

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Swiss Hornets arrive at RAF Leeming for Yorknite 2021

Multiple Schweizer Luftwaffe/ Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets touched down at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire on November 15 with a four-week air-to-air and night operations training deployment ahead

RPAS to potentially deliver critical supplies to the frontline

The UK Ministry of Defence has initiated an agile procurement approach undertaken via a collaboration between DE&S FCG, the Royal Navy's OCTO, and the Royal Navy’s 700X Squadron with an objective to identify a RPAS to be used to transport critical cargo to the front line

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Boeing bags $9bn 737 MAX order from start-up Akasa Air

In a boost for Boeing, on day three of the Dubai Airshow, the airframer received a large order for 737 MAXs from Indian start-up carrier Akasa Air.

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Super Mushshak bonanza fleet size upgrades for multiple nations

While the Sino-Pak JF-17 Thunder might not be at Dubai Airshow, the evergreen MFI-17 Super Mushshak is once again present, being exhibited by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra with many nations eyeing up fleet quantity upgrades

Jazeera Airways signs for 28 Airbus A320neos

On day three of the Dubai Airshow, Kuwait-based carrier Jazeera Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to 28 A320neo family aircraft.

Orbx Releases TrueEarth Spain South for X-Plane 11

This massive 98,000 sq. mile region has a coverage area from Costa-Del-Sol and cities such as Malaga to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the historic city of Granada.

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Saab hails GlobalEye progress, eyes South Korea as next potential customer

Saab has had some successful Dubai Airshows (DAS) in the past. There was the announcement by the UAEAF&AD for two GlobalEyes airborne early warning and control aircraft in DAS 2015, with two more coming at DAS 2019

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How Colombian start-up Ultra Air plans to revive South America's LCC sector

Colombian start-up Ultra Air is hoping to capitalise on Avianca’s pandemic-prompted problems when it launches services later this year. Chris Smith speaks to its CEO, William Shaw

CRJ 900/1000 Released

Aerosoft has announced the CRJ 900/1000 expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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USAF makes rare showing of E-11A at Dubai

One of the most surprising exhibits in the static display at Dubai is the US Air Force’s Bombardier E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft.

Senior RAF squadron reformed at Brize Norton

One of the RAF’s most senior squadrons was reformed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on September 28 when 30 Squadron became the second operational Airbus Atlas C.1 unit. It had been disbanded on December 8, 2016 as part of the gradual rundown of the Hercules force

Classic Boeings being returned to flight in Nevada

Willow Aircraft is heading up a long-term project in Gardnerville, Nevada, to restore several historic Boeing aircraft, a mix of reproductions and originals. The latter include a pair of civilianised P-12s, built with some modifications and without armament

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 69

Welcome to the 69th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Photographs of the new Russian airliner, the Ilyushin 62, show the similarity of the layout to the VC10. These photographs show the four rear-mounted turbojets and the high tailplane position. Abandoned in favour of a nose radome is the “bomb-aimer’s window” of Tupolev designs. In this respect the new aircraft follows Ilyushin practice and is reminiscent of the earlier Il-18. Feature Premium

First sighting of a Russian Classic

The Ilyushin Il-62, which NATO assigned the reporting name of ‘Classic’, has had a lengthy career and some examples are still flying. ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ in its October 4, 1962 issue published the first photos of the jetliner to be publicly seen in the West

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