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India approves purchase of 56 C295MWs

The Indian Air Force’s airlifting capabilities are set to be boosted after the nation’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C295MW medium-lift tactical transports from Airbus Defence and Space on September 8

Zadar Airport Released

Orbx has announced LDZD Zadar Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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IN-DEPTH: A look at Russia's enhanced Sukhoi Su-30SM2

The Su-30SM is now well established in Russian service while also enjoying mild export demand. An enhanced derivative, dubbed Su-30SM2 and currently in development, is primarily aimed at meeting the Russian Naval Aviation requirements, as we report

FlyPast Podcast Episode 38

For this episode we're talking to Luke Slaney-Hewitt, Researcher for Airfix / Hornby Hobbies Limited, about model making and their full-size Hawker Hunter restoration project...

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How is aviation seeking to clean up?

Aviation will come under scrutiny during the upcoming COP26 climate summit, but will the meeting carry any weight? How is aviation seeking to clean up? Mark Broadbent reports

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EasyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz Air

The offer was disclosed as the carrier looks to raise £1.2 billion in a rights issue to bounce back from the pandemic

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Ghanaian Mi-171Sh in ground tests with LOM Praha

LOM Praha Helicopters at Prague-Kbely Airport in Kbely, Czech Republic, is set to test-fly a Ghana Air Force-operated Mil Mi-171Sh, after it was seen conducting engine runs outside the company's hangar on September 9

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

New designation for Army Air Corps jungle support unit

The Army Air Corps' Brunei-based No 7 Flight - which operates the Bell 212 AH1/AH3 - has been re-designated as No 667 Squadron

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After BA retirements there are now just TWO British Boeing 747s

The pair of jumbos are the last remaining examples on the UK register after the flag carrier retired its fleet last year

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Germany set to bid farewell to final Transalls and LTG 63

We speak with Oberst Markus Kleinbauer, the commanding officer of Lufttransportgeschwader 63, as the unit and its matured Transall C-160Ds enter their final weeks of operation

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The story of BOAC’s ‘Ball-bearing Run' missions

Between 1943 to 1945, a number of de Havilland Mosquitos were operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) to carry vital supplies of cargo from Sweden to Britain

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Swedish Gripens set to start AAR clearance with A400M

Clearing the Saab Gripen C/D for air-to-air refuelling from the Airbus A400M is finally set to start. According to a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) source, an A400M from LTG-62 will deploy from Wunstorf, Germany, to Luleå-Kallax in Sweden on September 13 for two weeks of clearance work

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The jet-powered flying boat that was a nuclear bomber

Before submarines took on a strategic nuclear missile role, the US Navy sought to use jet-powered flying boats to carry nuclear weapons. In 1955, The Aeroplane revealed the first photos of this new concept

How Air Astana returned to profit in the pandemic

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier flew back into the black in the first half of this year. Key.Aero spoke to Peter Foster, the airline’s president and CEO, to find out how this was possible

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your historic aviation knowledge in this instalment of the weekly quiz... it's fiendishly tricky!

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Society Islands XP - Bora Bora & Leeward Islands Out Now

Aerosoft has announced the Society Islands XP - Bora Bora & Leeward Islands package is now available for X-Plane 11.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VI: Germany, Austria and Switzerland Released

Asobo Studio has announced World Update VI: Germany, Austria and Switzerland is out now.

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US Army National Guard receives first UH-72B Lakota

Airbus Helicopters revealed on September 7 that it has delivered the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota utility helicopters to the US Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi

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Boeings, Boeings...Gone

Having survived corporate indecision, neglect and even terrorist attacks, the last two Boeing 707-400s were scrapped within weeks of each other. Andreas Spaeth takes us on a nostalgic journey through their pasts and reveals where you can get a piece of history

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Stretching out: The Douglas DC-9 story

Struggling to sell Sud Caravelles prompted Douglas to go it alone and build its own short-haul jet. While the result came up short against the Boeing 737, it sparked years of development that saw Douglas, and its aircraft, grow in size, as Stephen Skinner reveals

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AirForces Monthly October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Lockheed Martin confident in Czech Republic fighter effort

As the Czech Air Force starts to weigh up a possible replacement for its fleet of Saab 14 Gripen C/Ds, Lockheed Martin has revealed that both the F-35 and F-16 Block 70/72 have been offered, with the two-squadron requirement in the region of 18-24 aircraft

Pakistan Navy inducts first Lineage 1000 maritime patrol aircraft

An induction ceremony was held at Pakistan Naval Station Mehran, Karachi, on September 2 for the Pakistan Navy’s first modern long range maritime patrol twin-jet aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-190ECJ Lineage 1000

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 17

With defence shows and exhibitions opening up again to members of the public, we take a look at the recent Slovak International Air Festival to detail all the news from the event and analysis of the state of the country’s key procurement programmes

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