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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.

A SOUTHLAND AGGRESSOR. – One of the U.S.A.F.’s B-29 Superfortress which attempted to penetrate the defences. A representative of THE AEROPLANE flew in one of these aircraft during the exercise. Feature Premium

‘Bombing’ England aboard a B-29 Superfortress

‘The Aeroplane’ was invited to witness an air defence exercise from a USAF B-29 Superfortress, with the report appearing in its September 10, 1948 issue

Bomber Command's 15 Best Aircraft, revealed and rated (but do you agree?)

Numerous types served RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. We summarise the 15 ‘best’ bombers at the RAF’s disposal, and compare the statistics of individual models...

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LOM Praha eyes up more Mi-17 work

Jiri Protiva, director of LOM Praha, outlined his future strategy for the Czech government-owned business during an exclusive interview with Key.Aero on September 17

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 61

Welcome to the 61st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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DSEI 2021: L3Harris names team for NATO Sentry replacement bid

L3Harris has revealed the five industry team members that will support its bid in the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme, which aims to source a replacement for NATO’s ageing fleet of Boeing E-3A Sentry AWAC systems by 2035

FlightSimExpo 2021 - Preview of North America's biggest flight simulation conference

Following the cancellation of last year's show due to COVID, North America's premier flight simulation conference, FlightSimExpo, is back. Taking place on September 24-26 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego in California, it will be a hybrid event with attendees participating in-person or online. We sat down with event organisers Evan Reiter and Phil Coyle to find out more.

Smart heritage scheme for South Dakota ANG F-16C

A US Air Force/South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) F-16CM Fighting Falcon from the 114th Fighter Wing’s 175th FS ‘Lobos’ has been painted in a stylish blue and white colour scheme to commemorate the SDANG’s 75th anniversary

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Virgin Australia Boeing 737 experienced “uncommanded descent”

The jet was climbing away from Perth when the crew detected the problem

Indian Navy leases Dornier 228 to Mauritius Coast Guard

An official ceremony was conducted at the Maritime Air Squadron of the Mauritius National Coast Guard at Plaisance/Sir Seewoosagur International Airport on September 13 to hand over a Passenger Variant Dornier on lease from the Indian Navy

Quiz: Defunct European airlines

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

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DSEI 2021: Tempest testbed progresses as Leonardo, 2Excel reveal ‘Excalibur’

2Excel Aviation is preparing to transform a former civil-operated Boeing 757-200 into a flying laboratory for combat air technology after it was contracted by Leonardo to proceed with the next stage of the Tempest Flight Test Aircraft programme

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Lufthansa A350 flew low pass in Cologne after U-turn over Scotland

Key.Aero reveals why, after leaving Munich, a Chicago-bound A350 turned around over Scotland, made a low approach to Cologne, held near Munich and finally diverted to Frankfurt

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1961 Belvedere Rotary Revolution for the RAF

The heavy-lift capabilities of the RAF’s then new Belvedere helicopter were demonstrated at RAF Odiham with ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reporting on the event in the November 16, 1961 issue

Stockholm Bromma Airport Now Available

Scenery developer, Orbx has released ESSB Stockholm Bromma Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week is by Ian Amis

FlyPast Podcast Episode 39

For this episode we're talking to Nicky van der Drift, the Chief Executive at Lincolnshire's International Bomber Command Centre.

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F-117As conduct DACT training with 144th FW F-15s

Two Lockheed F-117A Nighthawks arrived at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport in California on September 13 to perform dissimilar air combat training (DACT) operations with Boeing F-15C/D Eagles assigned to the 144th FW

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