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‘Roster error’ forces Virgin Atlantic diversion

A Virgin Atlantic flight to New York turned back to Heathrow after it emerged the first officer had not completed final assessment training.

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Russian Sukhoi fighter profiles

Combat Aircraft Journal brings insight into the roles and capabilities of Sukhoi jets within Russia's inventory.

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Aviation News June 2022

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Where you can see this Ukrainian 737 across Europe now

A single Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737-900ER is currently being seen at a plethora of destinations across Europe, ranging from Lisbon and Oslo to Berlin and Larnaca. Find out why…

Vermont F-35As reinforce NATO’s eastern flank

A total of eight US Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs (see table) have deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to continue NATO’s enhanced air-policing mission along the eastern flank, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Star Wars 'stormtrooper' marshalls F-15

Check out a video of Star Wars 'stormtrooper' seeing off an F-15 Eagle.

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The IAC’s new MPA C-295's and the potential for a fleet of three

On April 22, images emerged via the Irish Air Corps (IAC) of one of its two new Airbus Defence C-295W Persuader aircraft rolling off the paint line at Airbus’ facility in Seville, Spain

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First impressions of Comet flying

Before the Comet entered service four of ‘The Aeroplane’s’ staff had flown in the jet and gave their thoughts in the May 2, 1952 edition on what this new form of travel was like compared with propeller-driven airliners

The Curtiss Model 54 Tanager demonstrates a short, steep take-off, showing how it could clear the ‘obstacle’ at left. VIA PHILIP JARRETT Feature Premium

The competition that tried to make flying safer

In the inter-war aviation industry’s efforts to improve the safety of commercial aeroplanes, a one-off contest in the USA sought to play its part — but it wasn’t without trouble and controversy

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Analysis: Russia's troubles with combat drone development

Widely known as a late adopter of unmanned air systems, the Russian military has struggled to field into service a plethora of new models

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An insight to the Lightning carrier concept aboard the USS Tripoli

As the USMC conducts tests for the Lightning Carrier concept aboard the USS Tripoli (LHA-7), Combat Aircraft Journal gains insight from the leaders involved

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The USMC is readying its AH-1Z Viper

The USMC is readying its AH-1Z aircrew for the near-peer fight role, as Combat Aircraft Journal reveals

CAE confirms which training centre is set for simulator expansion

High technology company, CAE, revealed on May 3 intentions to expand one of its flight training centres with new full-flight simulators (FFS).

Historic aviation quiz: de Havilland Comet

How much do you know about the world's first jet airliner? Try your arm at this weeks historic aviation quiz…

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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

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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

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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…

 

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