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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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DSEI 2021: Airbus proposes H175M for UK’s NMH requirement

Airbus Helicopters has revealed that it intends to offer its H175M super-medium-class utility rotorcraft for the UK Ministry of Defence’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement

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How ex-Walmart boss saved Air New Zealand

If there were ever to be a contest for the worst time to become an airline CEO, January 2020 could be a contender. Greg Foran, Air New Zealand’s chief executive, spoke to Thomas Haynes about his turbulent first 18 months in the job

AFSOC developing amphibious capability for MC-130J

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is moving forward with long-standing plans to develop an amphibious capability for the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II

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DSEI 2021: RAF reveals second Protector RG1 unit

The RAF has revealed that No 13 Squadron ‘The Stabbed Cats’ will be the second operational unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector RG1 remotely piloted air system

Historic Aviation Quiz

What will you score this week?

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DSEI 2021: BAE and Malloy team-up on all-electric T-650 UAS

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric heavy-lift uncrewed air system at the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

Dates and prices announced for Visit the Vulcan Day, Southend

London Southend Airport is home to the preservation effort of Avro Vulcan XL426. Now, you can see the former Royal Air Force bomber up close at their Visit the Vulcan Day, and even have the opportunity to climb inside the cockpit...

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