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Quiz: Defunct African airlines

Can you identify these defunct African airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

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Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn B-52H re-engining contract

Rolls-Royce has emerged as the winner of the competition to re-engine the US Air Force fleet of 76 Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, beating off competition from GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney.

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Condor A320 forced to dodge helicopter AND mountain on departure

Investigators have concluded that failures by the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 and air traffic control caused the jet to experience a serious air proximity encounter and terrain alert

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FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's picture of the week was taken by Daniel Butcher

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100th ARW conduct ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment exercise at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire from September 13-16

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Swissair - Goodbye Metropolitan, Hello DC-9

The arrival of the DC-9 with Swissair meant the days of its last propliner were numbered, although as revealed in the August 25, 1966 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ there were some unexpected complications...

52nd FW F-16s conclude ACE, WIC deployment in the Netherlands

Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and airmen from the USAF’s 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany have recently completed an agile combat employment (ACE) deployment to the Netherlands

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Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 maintenance picture

Figures from Lockheed Martin have revealed all three variants of the F-35 stealth fighter are ahead of the required mean time between system failure and maintenance hour per flight hour

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India finalises acquisition of 56 Airbus C295s

India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of HAL/BAe 748M Subroto aircraft, which are primarily referred to locally as the Avro, after the company which originally designed the type. The finalisation of the deal was announced by Airbus Defence and Space on September 24

FlyPast Podcast Episode 40

For this episode were joined by Andrew Panton of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre to talk about East Kirkby and Lancaster NK611 Just Jane...

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Behind-the-scenes on CSG21 with HMS Queen Elizabeth's Commander Air Wing

We caught up with Capt James 'Blackers' Blackmore - the Carrier Air Wing Commander aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) - to uncover more about the carrier's maiden deployment

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Nigerian A-29B delivery delayed in Iceland

Originally due to arrive at Scotland’s Prestwick Airport on September 19, six Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos on a delivery flight to the Nigerian Air Force have been held captive at Keflavik, Iceland, due to poor weather conditions

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What happened to British Airways World Cargo?

Having ceased operations in 2014, British Airways World Cargo is no more. But what happened to it? Key.Aero finds out

Historic Douglas C-47 “Placid Lassie" to offer cockpit tours at Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show

The Military Aviation Museum Tunison Foundation's C-47 “Placid Lassie" will be open for air show attendees to climb aboard and tour with the crew members of the Tunison Foundation, D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society

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FlyPast November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Five B-21 stealth bomber prototypes are now in production

The USAF’s newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, has confirmed that there are now five Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider test aircraft in production at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

NOCTURNAL ACTIVITY. – When the helicopter returns to Peterborough some of the mail is taken to the railway station and some to the post office for local distribution. A small quantity of mail is carried in the rear compartment, shown open in this photograph. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revolutionary 1949 BEA Helicopter Mail Trial

A fascinating piece in ‘The Aeroplane’ on a trial by BEA for the Post Office in 1949 using helicopters to carry mail

Italian Navy receives final MH-90 MITT helicopter

NHIndustries has delivered the final MH-90 Maritime Italian Navy tactical transport (MITT) helicopter to the Italian Navy, where the type will be utilised for amphibious support and special forces operations

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Colombia takes delivery of two ex-USAF C-130Hs

Two ex-USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports were handed-over to the Colombian Air Force during a formal donation ceremony in Colombia at El Dorado, Bogotà, on September 21

US completes first Turkish KC-135R upgrade

A Turkish Air Force-operated Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker has recently been returned to Turkey after completion of a Block 45 upgrade

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Farewell Orange Jumper: The RNLAF's one-of-a-kind F-16 test vehicle

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is getting set to say goodbye to its one-of-a-kind Lockheed Martin F-16BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon test vehicle, as we explain

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Gripen and F-35 face-off for Czech deal at NATO Air Days

With the Czech Air Force looking to either replace or stick with its Saab Gripen C/D fleet in 2027, industry is positioning for a future requirement with both the Swedish company and Lockheed Martin making a significant impression at the NATO Air Days airshow, held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from September 18-19

Sixth Poseidon MRA1 delivered to the RAF

The RAF took delivery of its sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on September 21. The aircraft - serial ZP806 'Guernsey's Reply' (c/n 66106/8680, ex N665DS), callsign ‘Poseidon 1’ - landed at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, at around 0840hrs following a transatlantic ferry flight

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Brazilian A-29s shoot down drug smuggling plane following airspace intrusion

Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer A-29A/B Super Tucanos intercepted and shot down an unresponsive light aircraft in the northern area of Mato Grosso on September 7

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 19

In episode 19 of The Air Warrior Podcast brings a roundup of the week's news, and the Modern Military team discuss recent shows and events, including DSEI in London and NATO Air Days in Ostrava, Slovakia.

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