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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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G-ASGD was one of 17 Vickers Type 1151 Super VC10s built for BOAC.  It became a British Airways jet in 1974, when BOAC and British European Airways merged to form the new national carrier.  AirTeamImages.com/Wolfgang Mendorf Feature Premium

Why the VC10 was loved by passengers and crew

Endowed with levels of performance in some respects still unmatched, the VC10 was loved by pilots and passengers alike, as Bruce Hales-Dutton explained in the August 2013 issue of Aviation News

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French Army Piper flies again in new colours

Piper L-18C D-ENLM has been rebuilt by its owners, Flying Club Lechfeld in Germany, following a landing mishap in 2019. 

The aircraft that performed the final flights in one of its earlier guises with BOAC.  (Jacques Guillem Collection) Feature Premium

Flying aboard a British Airways VC10

To mark the 30th anniversary of retirement from British Airways’ service, in 'Airliner World's' March 2011 issue Tom Allett provided a personal memory of one of the type’s last charter flights

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US Navy EA-18G Growlers providing electronic support on NATO’s Eastern flank

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the US Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ – its current role of providing electronic support on NATO’s Eastern flank in the face of Russian aggression as well as its notable achievements since being formed in 1969

British Airways owner adds A320neos

The deal takes IAG’s A320neo order tally to 22 in 2022

USAF E-4B to make appearance at RIAT

Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) have revealed a ‘big’ addition to the aircraft line-up for this year's show in the shape of a US Air Force E-4B Nightwatch.

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Bristol Bulldog replica airborne in Oregon after 24-year build

Ed Storo took his Bristol Bulldog replica up for a successful maiden flight on June 28 at Independence State Airport, Oregon, 24 years after construction began.

Saab receives order for two GlobalEyes from Sweden

Saab signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on June 30 for the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

Swedish Caravelle on the move

Sud Aviation Caravelle SE-DAF, formerly part of the Arlanda Aviation Collection in Sweden, has been donated to Turku Airport in Finland, where it will be displayed in a Finnair livery.

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Keeping Europe's last airworthy B-17 Sally B in the air

Sally B has been delighting crowds for over four decades, Chris Gilson learns what keeps her in the air

Super VC10 G-ASGP comes in to land at Heathrow Airport in July 1978.  BOAC received 17 Super VC10s and 12 standard variants.  AirTeamImages.com/Carl Ford Feature Premium

BOAC and British Airways VC10s

Stephen Skinner profiles the VC10 in service with BOAC and British Airways.

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Tanking and Transport, the VC10 Way

In its final year of RAF service Paul E Eden in Aviation News’ August 2013 issue looked back over the VC10s career in uniform

BREAKING: More US F-35 squadrons for UK

US President Joe Biden revealed a range of measures to bolster US forces in Europe in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Final two CH-47Fs delivered to Australia

A USAF-operated C-5M Super Galaxy has delivered the final two of an additional four CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army

Bergamo Airport v2 Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Bergamo V2 XP for X-Plane 11 is out now. Developed by Tailstrike Designs and Windsock Simulations, the package is a ground-up rebuild of the original airport released in 2019.

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The VC10’s key design features…and the reasons it failed

Vickers built the VC10 to BOAC’s very specific requirements for certain routes and while it met those goals, these strengths were its weaknesses in being too niche to have wider appeal to airlines like the Boeing 707 achieved. The February 10, 1961 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ assessed the design features of this new jetliner

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E-3 Sentry versus E-7 Wedgetail

The US Air Force has recently announced the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail as a replacement for the venerable Boeing E-3 Sentry. Combat Aircraft Journal compares the two aircraft

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Captivating colour photos of VC10 route-proving flights

More than half a century ago, BOAC was offering a select group of invited guests from the industry, politics and the news media on Vickers VC10 route-proving flights ahead of its entry into service. Bruce Hales-Dutton speaks to a few of those involved in making the marathon operation happen in a report that is illustrated with stunning colour photos

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Airbus lands first Central Asian A350F order

A purchase agreement was inked yesterday (June 28) for the Airbus A350F by an operator based in Azerbaijan – a first such order for the type from the Central Asia and CIS region

Southend Vulcan to go ‘under cover’

Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, maintained in ground running condition at London Southend Airport by the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT), is to be returned to the airport’s Hangar 6 later this summer.

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Gulf War VC10s in Operations Granby and Desert Storm

Stephen Skinner details British VC10 involvement, as both a tanker and transport platform, in Operations Granby and Desert Storm

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Why flying a Hawker Hurricane is a "spine-tingling" experience

As a Hawker Hurricane superfan, Darren Harbar never thought he’d achieve his ultimate ambition of flying in the famous fighter, let alone in formation with another. That lifetime ambition has now been achieved thanks to a new proposition from Hurricane Heritage

In-Flight Interview: Commander of Belgium's new A400M Squadron

Less than two years after receiving its first Airbus A400M, CT-01 in October 2020, 20 Squadron of the 15 Wing, Belgian Air Force, received its penultimate aircraft, CT-07 on May 11 2022. Maj Steven Vandervorst explains from CT-07's flightdeck what the unit has been up to since taking delivery of the A400M from Airbus.

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ILA Berlin 2022: Germany turns to US in quest to modernise military aviation

Germany’s biennial showcase aerospace event, the Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) Berlin Airshow, took place at Schönefeld Airfield from June 22-26. The event regards itself as the European air and trade show during the Farnborough year, but ILA Berlin 2022 – played out against the backdrop of the Ukraine War – was predominately about Germany

US Army awards $2.28bn multi-year Black Hawk contract to Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a multi-year contract by the US Army - worth $2,278,598,185 - for the acquisition of up to 255 H-60M Black Hawks

 

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