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Irish Air Corps to potentially become Irish Air Force

It is understood that the Irish Air Corps will likely transition into an independent air component – potentially titled the Irish Air Force – in the near future

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Why is there an airBaltic A220 in Singapore?

It’s not lost, it’s meant to be there...

Why this ex-TUI 767 has flown across to Asia?

A Boeing 767-300 - which had been delivered originally to Britannia Airways and last served with TUI - recently flew transpacific to Singapore/Changi. But why? Find out about the fate of this specific 23-year-old 767...

Maddog for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Leonardo Software has announced Fly the Maddog X for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

For reasons of security on cross-border attacks, all markings were removed from Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, the Hunter FGA9s included. RHODESIAN AIR FORCE Feature Premium

The Hawker Hunter and Rhodesia’s ‘Bush War’

As Rhodesia fought a bloody conflict against cross-border insurgents, the Hawker Hunters of its air force’s 1 Squadron operated effectively despite an arms supply embargo

A lovely air-to-air shot of M.E.A. Comet 4C, OD-ADR. Key Collection Feature Premium

How the de Havilland Comet thrust MEA into the Jet Age

In early 1961 Middle East Airlines (MEA) introduced into service its first jet in the Comet 4C. The January 13 issue ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reported on how the airline had prepared for a new era

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Brazil’s 1st GDA: maintaining the F-5EM and preparing for the Gripen

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on Brazil’s 1st Air defense group, its fleet of F-5EMs and its preparation for the F-39E Gripen

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Aeroplane June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Ireland’s PC-9M fleet close to gaining new weapons capability

The Irish Air Corps (IAC) are close to signing a contract with Austrian company Airborne Technologies (ABT) for three Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance (SCAR) Pod systems to attach to its PC-9M fleet

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Qantas firms HISTORIC Airbus order: Everything you need to know

Major developments have taken shape ‘down under’ as Australian-based Qantas confirmed at a ceremony in Sydney yesterday (May 2) firm orders for a trio of Airbus types in a historic move – the flag carrier states this would “reshape its international and domestic networks over the next decade and beyond”. Read all about the juicy details here!

Poland Consul General Mateusz Stąsiek placed a wreath at RAF Northolt’s memorial News Premium

New exhibition at Northolt honours Polish airmen 

The Consul General of Poland, Mateusz Stąsiek officially opened the new Polish Air Force Memorial Committee (PAFMC) exhibition housed in the historic Officers’ Mess at RAF Northolt on April 29…

146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight's study-level 146 Professional add-on for MSFS includes eight passenger and cargo variants with a total of 39 liveries, an Wwise sound pack, fully functional FMS, authentic flight controls and captain and first officer positions complete with hundreds of functional switches, knobs and controls.

The Maurice Farman S7 Longhorn reproduction, being built for a private owner, dominates the Flying Restorations hangar. The DH2 and DH53 are visible at rear. All photos Darren Harbar Feature Premium

EXCLUSIVE! Legendary World War One aircraft resurrected

With reproductions of both a Maurice Farman Longhorn and an Airco DH2 set to emerge from its Old Warden premises, Flying Restorations is building on its reputation for top-notch workmanship when it comes to antique aeroplanes

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USAF opts for E-7 as E-3 AWACS replacement

The US Air Force has decided to replace a portion of its E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System fleet with the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, with a contract award planned in fiscal year 2023

Having achieved what some considered impossible, Comet 4 XV814 approaches to land back at Farnborough in August 1992 after its global circumnavigation. VIA ROGER BEAZLEY Feature Premium

Round the World in a Comet in 1992

Some said it couldn’t be done — that this old aircraft would fail somewhere along the way. However, the Defence Research Agency’s Comet 4 XV814 defied the doubters and, in the summer of 1992, made it round the world. The then head of experimental flying at Farnborough recalled a memorable trip in the May 2016 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

A presentation in front of the two Comets at Hatfield. From left to right: A&AEE public relations officer Sqn Ldr John Taylor, DH88 project co-ordinator Ron Paine, BAe Hatfield general manager Tony Saint, A&AEE Mission Systems Division superintendant Brian Close, and pilots Stewart Waring and Sqn Ldr Mic Edwards. ADRIAN M. BALCH Feature Premium

Meeting of the Comets

Only once did the two Comets, DH88 and DH106, fly together — and it was 30 years ago this year

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Unit report: On patrol with Portugal's P-3C fleet

The Portuguese Air Force’s P-3C maritime patrol aircraft is the workhorse of the country’s search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, an adaptable platform that can be rapidly configured for each mission set

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Exercise Iniochos at Andravida Air Base

While most of the world was watching events unfold in Ukraine, the Hellenic Air Force was hosting Exercise Iniochos at Andravida Air Base. Combat Aircraft Journal was there

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 91

Welcome to the 91st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

BBMF Hawker Hurricane returns home

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Hawker Hurricane IIc LF363 arrived back at its Coningsby base in the hands of Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden, officer commanding the BBMF, on April 21 following a ‘major’ overhaul in the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.

Comet under construction. Feature Premium

First ever colour photos of the Comet

‘The Aeroplane’ scored a world exclusive when it published the first colour photos of the Comet in its July 29, 1949 issue. The piece also explored the design of this revolutionary aircraft

A tidy and relatively simple control cabin layout is especially essential in the case of a jet transport, in which, at critical stages of a flight, a great deal must be done in a short time. This more restful occasion in the Comet's control cabin was pictured while Capt. A. M. A. Majendie, M.A., was pointing out the features to Lord Ogmore, lately Minister of Civil Aviation. Capt. Majendie has done a greater part of the flying and operational development work for the Comet Unit. ‘Aeroplane’ photograph Feature Premium

BOAC Comet Captain insights

CAPT. M. R. ALDERSON, who was in charge of B.O.A.C.’s Comet unit, spoke to H. A. TAYLOR for the January 11, 1952 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’ and gave an outline of some of the more interesting features in jet transport operation after six months of preliminary route-proving trials

RESEARCH – AND DEVELOPMENT – During the early days of the Comet’s design history, consideration was given to the claims of the tailless, swept-back layout. Some valuable practical experience in this direction was obtained with the D.H.108 which was specially built for research into this problem. Here is the Comet on the day of its first flight, with the D.H.108. Feature Premium

Comet creator – insights from de Havilland’s chief designer

The man who designed the revolutionary Comet jetliner, R E Bishop, wrote this exclusive article for ‘The Aeroplane’ which was published the same day as the aircraft’s first commercial service on May 2, 1952

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Inside the Y-8Q: China’s new sub-hunting talisman

Combat Aircraft Journal details China’s latest anti-submarine warfare asset, the Y-8Q.

Who's started a 3,000-mile direct service to Manchester using A320neos?!

A Middle Eastern-based carrier has launched a new direct, 3,000-mile service today (May 1) to Manchester using Airbus A320neos! Who is it? Find out here!

 

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