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Examining the bounceback of corporate air travel

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we examine how the all-important corporate air travel market is making a return

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A320 came within SIX FEET of terrain during Paris approach

An Airbus A320 escaped colliding with terrain by just 6ft (1.8m) while attempting to land at Paris/Charles de Gaulle, a preliminary report by French investigators has found.

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REVEALED: Virgin Atlantic showcase new ‘first class’ suites on A330neo

Virgin Atlantic has seriously upped the stakes in the battle for premium transatlantic traffic. The British airline held a swanky event in East London last night (July 12) to offer the first glimpse into its new Airbus A330neo.

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Why Cranfield University bought a Saab 340 - and what they do with it

Cranfield University has reluctantly retired its BAe Jetstream 31 in favour of a Saab 340. Airliner World’s Martin Needham spoke to Cranfield’s Joe Brown, to learn more about the switch and how turboprops prepare students for careers as flight test engineers

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“My pilots loved this beautiful bird” – US Army Air Force Mosquitos

That comment by one unit commander sums up the views of many in the US Army Air Forces on the de Havilland Mosquito, an aircraft that served the AAF in relatively small numbers, but was arguably superior to anything American makers offered

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How successful was the Allied bomber offensive of WW2?

With the US Army Air Forces attacking by day, and RAF Bomber Command at night, the combined Allied bomber offensive wrought a significant toll against the German war machine. But, 80 years after the first sorties by the US 8th Air Force, did the results meet the expectations of its advocates?

Large Waco biplane line-up expected at Classic Fighters Airshow

Five Waco Biplanes, representing potentially the largest gathering of the brand ever assembled in Australasia, will be on the flight line at Omaka's Classic Fighters Airshow in New Zealand next Easter.

The 48th TFW received its first F-4D in 1972.  This example, photographed in August 1975, carries the yellow tail band of the 493rd  TFS.  via Bob Archer Feature Premium

USAFE F-4 Phantoms Part 1 – Mud Movers and Air Defence

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II equipped many United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) squadrons during 29 years of the Cold War. Doug Gordon tells their story

Bell shows off 360 Invictus as prototype nears completion

US-based helicopter manufacturing giant, Bell, has released images of its 360 Invictus prototype – the firm’s proposed solution for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) requirement – adding that the platform is nearly complete

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Putin’s War in Ukraine: A Strategic Nightmare?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has enabled evaluation of its strategy against the popular US ‘Five Rings’ theory. AirForces Monthly examines how well the missile-dominated effort has contributed to Moscow’s integrated war campaign

New nuclear weapon tactic tested on B-2A Spirit stealth bomber

A US Air Force B-2A Spirit stealth bomber has released a B61-12 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) utilizing a new capability known as the Radar Aided Targeting System (RATS) during a capstone test at the Tonopah Test Range, Nevada.

Boeing outlines Farnborough displays

The US airframer will be showing off its latest commercial jets at 2022’s biggest trade show

First WC-135R Constant Phoenix delivered to the 55th Wing

L3Harris Technologies has delivered the first of three former KC-135R Stratotankers that are being converted to the WC-135R Constant Phoenix configuration for the USAF

Diamond shock waves emanating from the exhausts of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engines, condensation trailing from the wingtips — SR-71A 61-7971 makes a typically dramatic departure from Mildenhall on 2 February 1983. By now the presence of Det 4 had been made permanent, leading to the withdrawal of UK personnel. BOB ARCHER Feature Premium

How Britain was involved in SR-71 and U-2 intelligence-gathering

The Cold War presence at British bases of US SR-71 and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft has been well-documented. Less so, however, is the UK’s direct involvement in their intelligence-gathering efforts


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Atomic Allies: The origins of UK-US nuclear target co-operation

Had nuclear war broken out in Europe prior to 1958, it’s possible US Air Force Strategic Air Command and RAF Bomber Command might have ended up attacking the same Soviet targets with their atomic weapons. Then, sensibly, a new era of co-operation was ushered in. Ben Dunnell examines the origins of this partnership.

Wright Flyer featured at new museum exhibition

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is set to unveil a new exhibition showcasing the achievements of the pioneering Wright brothers.

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A complete guide to USAFE's role in the Cold War

William Noble looks back on the role played by the USAFE during the first Cold War which officially lasted from 1947 until 1991.

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Gaining insight from Indian-based Vistara's chief executive

As one of India’s most dynamic airlines, Vistara has captured the attention of domestic and international travellers alike. Tom Batchelor met chief executive Vinod Kannan to discuss the carrier’s growth strategy

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SNAPSHOT: Top flight football - Scoring some of the highlights

With Rangers and Liverpool football clubs securing spots in the Europa League and Champions league finals, respectively, a host of airliners was drafted in to transport hopeful Glaswegians and Liverpudlians to Seville and Paris to watch their teams in action. While neither team returned home with the silverware, Airliner World contributors were present at their home airports to document an influx of flights carrying fans

Air Greenland halts ticket sales in July

Air Greenland has stopped the sale of airline tickets in July.

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Upgraded E-6B Mercury visits Europe for the first time

June marked the first deployment of a Block I standard E-6B Mercury to Europe, as it arrived at RAF Mildenhall in the UK. AFM details what new changes this update has brought to the E-6B fleet, as the US Navy prepares for the Block II upgrade

US Navy demos new mine countermeasure prototype on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The US Navy has recently demonstrated new mine countermeasure prototype technology aboard a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Eglin AFB in Florida

US Navy Super Hornet blown off carrier

On July 10, the US Navy announced that one of its Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets blew overboard whilst embarked on the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) aircraft carrier

New owner sought for two-seat Mustang

North American TF-51 Mustang 44-63865 Tempus Fugit has been listed for sale in South Carolina.

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Welcome to the 101st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

 

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