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FIRST TIME IN BRITAIN. – On August 28 the first Convair-liner to be seen in this country arrived at Heathrow. It belongs to Trans-Australia Airlines, and was on delivery from San Diego, California to Melbourne. Feature Premium

Convair-liner 1948 UK debut

Heathrow Airport hosted the first visit to the UK of a CV-240 (which be the first of many variants of this family), with the event covered in the September 10, 1948 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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Inside the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital MD-10

It’s a race against time for the teams performing sight-saving procedures in developing nations. Joe Copalman discovers how the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital has been operating in the pandemic

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The intriguing story of USAF's nuclear particle hunters

For three decades, Constant Phoenix has sampled the atmosphere for nuclear particles. As the USAF’s last WC-135W faces retirement, Bob Archer reviews what could be its final UK deployment

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Polish Air Force receives first Boeing 737 BBJ2

The first new Boeing 737-800 BBJ2 (tactical number 0111), named “Roman Dmowski” landed at Warsaw Chopin Airport on October 7 with Polish military pilots at the controls and was welcomed with a water salute

Danish F-16s clock busy first month of Baltic Air Policing operations

Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons have been extremely busy during the first month of a three-month Baltic Air Policing deployment in Lithuania

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 64

Welcome to the 64th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

UKCSG21 performs exercises with Singapore Defence

The UK Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) led by flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth conducted exercises with both the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy over the weekend, and will dock in Changi, Singapore, on October 11

USAF divests last of 17 B-1Bs as it prepares for B-21

US Air Force Global Strike Command has concluded the divesture of 17 Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic supersonic bombers as the final example departed Edwards AFB, California, for the ‘Boneyard’ at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, on September 23

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Behind the scenes of Britain's last airliner programme

The British Aerospace 146 took to the air on its maiden flight 40 years ago this September. Twenty years and 20 days later, the AVRO RJX100 made its first flight. Derek Ferguson recalls his time testing the quiet, diminutive quad-jet

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Making the Mad Dog

The Douglas DC-9 stole a march on the BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 737, but McDonnell Douglas had another trick up its sleeve, as Stephen Skinner discovers in the second half of our two-part feature

Quiz: North American Airlines

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

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Overheating APU caused nearly US$3m of damage to USAF F-22

A new US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report has revealed that an overheating auxiliary power unit (APU) caused nearly US$3m of damage to an F-22A Raptor in a previously unreported incident at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on October 30, 2020

Palma De Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight has announced Palma de Mallorca (LEPA) Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

NATO JTACs train with allied fighters in the Baltic

Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from NATO’s Enhanced Presence (eFP) battle group ran drills with Força Aérea Portuguesa (FAP, Portuguese Air Force) Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons and Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) Eurofighter F-2000As from October 4-6

For the H.P. 80’s crescent wing an interesting development in the form of leading-edge flaps has been applied in order to improve lateral control at the stall. This view of the aircraft brings out the high mounted tailplane; the thin wing; and the generous intakes for the four Sapphires. Feature Premium

Revolutionary Victor design insights

The Handley Page H.P. 80, later to be named the Victor, had a new wing design which bestowed excellent performance. The virtues of this ground-breaking shape were explained by no less than Handley Page’s chief designer in the January 2, 1953 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

US Navy F/A-18E refuels RAF F-35Bs for the first time

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have conducted buddy-buddy air-to-air refuelling operations with a US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time

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IN PICTURES: Inside Exercise Northern Lightning 2021

We caught some of the action in Exercise Northern Lightning, held once again at Volk Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin from August 9-20

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Ellie Crook

FlyPast Podcast Episode 42

For episode 42 of the FlyPast Podcast, we’re joined by Howard Heeley, Secretary and Museum Trustee at the Newark Air Museum...

USAF F-35As complete final nuclear bomb flight test

Operating from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on September 21 two USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft released the B61-12 joint test assemblies

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ATR: service insight

Ian Harbison talks with David Brigante at ATR to learn more about the firm's customer offering

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Aviano's Angels: Inside the USAF's 56th Rescue Squadron

The 56th Rescue Squadron has spent more than three years at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where the unit has capitalised on the installation's conditions and strategic position, as we report

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IDET 2021: Pakistan’s armed Shahpar-II undergoing flight trials

Pakistan’s Global Industrial Defence & Solutions was present at the IDET exhibition in Brno during October 6-8, showcasing a range of systems including the Shahpar-II unmanned aerial vehicle

RAF's XXIV Squadron deploys on Exercise Tartan Spirit

The operational conversion unit of the RAF’s Air Mobility Command, No XXIV Squadron, deployed on a training exercise at Glasgow-Prestwick International Airport, Scotland, between September 25 and October 1

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La Guardia for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FeelThere has announced [KLGA] La Guardia International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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