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Portuguese F-16s perform anti-surface warfare exercise

Força Aérea Portuguesa/Portuguese Air Force (FAP) F-16 MLU Fighting Falcons currently deployed at Siaulial Air Base, Lithuania, for air policing duties trained with NATO’s Maritime Group One during an anti-surface warfare exercise on October 29

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman makes progress in flight testing

Boeing Australia has announced the expansion to the flight-test programme of Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System, known as the Loyal Wingman, following the completion of two separate flight missions at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Woomera range in South Australia

Savback makes Nottingham its UK home 

Savback Helicopters is to open a UK base at Nottingham Heliport in the East Midlands as it continues its expansion in Europe

Avro Vulcan pilot John LeBrun on bomb loads

Whilst the Vulcan was capable of carrying conventional payloads, it originally formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, as retired Vulcan pilot John LeBrun discusses

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RAF Shadow R1 Fleet to be upgraded and increased

The RAF’s fleet of six modified Beechcraft King Air 350CER Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms known as the Shadow R1 is to be increased and upgraded after a £110m contract is awarded to Raytheon UK on November 3

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Trump’s 757 returns to the skies after two years on the ground

Former President Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 has returned to the skies for the first time since 2019.

An Ariana DC-6A/B at Kabul airport nearly 6,000ft above sea level. The airline carried 39,285 passengers in the Moslem year ended March 21, an increase of 3 per cent over the previous year. Feature Premium

1966 Afghanistan civil aviation flashback

A fascinating snapshot of the growing part aviation was playing in Afghanistan, as told in the July 28, 1966 ‘Aeroplane’

Vulcan to the Sky - Eight weeks to hit target

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) has until the end of the year to hit its fundraising target of £2.2 million needed to secure a mortgage and build a new home for Avro Vulcan XH558.

First operational test mission for the F-15EX

Full, large scale operational tests with the US Air Force’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs recently got underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The 57th Wing at Nellis announced on October 22 that the new type’s first-ever operational test missions were being undertaken at Nellis from October 18-25, paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es

Commercial space station project announced

Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have announced plans to develop the first-ever free flying commercial space station

Sustainability testbed tackles contrails

Cambridge-based tech firm Satavia is working with Etihad to explore how to avoid producing contrails

AerCap buys GECAS

Irish lessor AerCap has acquired GECAS in a transaction that makes it the industry’s largest leasing company

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Ageing RCAF CF-188A/B Hornets engaged in busy EAP deployment

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) fleet of ageing CF-188A/B Hornets have been kept busy during ongoing Enhanced Air Policing operations based out of Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in Constanta, Romania, alongside colleagues from the Forțele Aeriene Române/Romanian Air Force (RoAF)

Historic Aviation Quiz: Coastal Command Edition

Have a go at this week's tricky Coastal Command themed Historic aviation quiz!

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How Gatwick plans to use northern runway for expansion

Could using an existing runway at Gatwick help ease London’s air capacity problems? Gordon Smith visited the West Sussex site to find out more

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Ditched Transair 737 recovered from ocean floor

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that major components of a Boeing 737-200 freighter which ditched in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii in July have been recovered.

Another successful USMC Australian rotation concluded

Another US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) deployment to Australia has successfully concluded. After an eight-month stay in the Northern Territory, the contingent of approximately 2,200 Marines and their equipment which made up the tenth iteration of MRF-D made their way home during September and October

X-Plane Touches Down in Saint Croix

The latest X-Plane 11 destination from Aerosoft is Saint Croix XP, the largest island of the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Q400 Takes Flight in X-Plane

Following several years of development, FlyJSim has announced the long-awaited Q4XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

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Kuwaiti H225Ms deliveries continue

A pair of H225Ms (formerly known as EC725 Caracals) destined for the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), serials 615 and 616, were seen test flying during September from the manufacturer’s facilities at Marseille/Marignane, France

UAE repurposing for Emirates’ first A380

Emirates has signed a contract with UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling to upcycle and recycle its first retired A380 aircraft

Vulcan pilot recounts scrambling for nuclear call out

Former Vulcan pilot John LeBrun knows first-hand what it is like to prepare for a nuclear scramble. In this video he describes the process in fascinating detail

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Inside SFO's new $2.4bn Harvey Milk Terminal 1

San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has hit a new milestone with the launch of its latest phase as Kirstie Pickering reports

1 Sqn officers with their S.E.5a biplanes at Clairmarais aerodrome, near Ypres, in July 1918. Feature Premium

In all things first: The history of No. 1 Squadron

From the birth of military flight to operations over the South Atlantic during 1982, the Royal Air Force’s premier fighter unit, 1 Squadron, has always remained at the forefront of British aviation. Immersed in rich history, it has served as a capable strike force for more than a century, operating some of Britain’s most infamous aircraft during that time...

First One-Eleven 500 series for BEA photographed before its first flight, scheduled for today (Feb. 7), BEA is marketing the aircraft as the “Super one-eleven” and will put it into service on intra-German routes in November. Feature Premium

BEA’s first BAC One-Eleven Series 500

The BAC One-Eleven had achieved enough orders and sufficient potential for the stretched 500 series to be offered. BEA was the launch customer with details of the development of the variant explained in the February 7, 1968 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

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