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USAF’s 64th ARS reactivated at Pease ANGB

During a ceremony at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, the US Air Force’s 64th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) was formally re-activated on July 8.

De Havilland Canada outlines Dash 8-400 freighter trio

Announcement includes Package freighter, quick change and dedicated freighter options

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EASA STC approval for IAI’s 737-800SF

Narrowbody passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions in Europe are set for a boost after Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) revealed its Boeing 737-800SF has received a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supplemental type certificate (STC).

Tenerife North and South Airports Released

MK-Studios has released the Tenerife Airports pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FARNBOROUGH 2022: Your essential briefing

As the iconic airshow returns after four years, Airliner World has the lowdown on everything you need to know as the Hampshire gathering gets underway

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Nigerian L-39ZAs head back home

Three Nigerian Air Force L-39ZA Albatrosses departed Aero Vodochody this morning ( July 17) for Nigeria.

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The Eighth Air Force vs The Flakwaffe

Donald Nijboer examines the use of flak in World War Two – the greatest combat hazard to bombers operating in European skies

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing Insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

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The birth of The Eighth Air Force

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver charts the arrival and operations of The Eighth Air Force in the European theatre of World War Two

RIAT 22: Draken Europe signs L-159 partnership with Aero Vodochody

After Draken Europe won a three-year contract to provide fast jet red air services in the UK, it has teamed up with Aero Vodochody to provide maintenance and support to its fleet of L-159 light attack aircraft

RIAT 22: Boeing and the US Navy perform MUM-T test with the Super Hornet

Boeing and the US Navy have recently completed manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) tests where a Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstrated command and control of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

RIAT 22: Airbus announces companies involved in H175M Task Force

Airbus Helicopters announced on Friday 15, the first members of the H175M. The UK based industry team is to offer, supply and support the British produced H175M helicopter for the UK MOD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) programme.

The ultimate Southwest Airlines quiz!

A true pioneer of low-cost flying, Southwest Airlines is known around the world for establishing many of the industry norms we take for granted today. Why not test your knowledge of this iconic Texan airline in our special Southwest quiz?

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RAF Goxhill: the story of the first USAAF station in the UK

Chris Frear reveals how the first RAF station to be handed over to the USAAF has been given a new lease of life, decades after it had closed

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The tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress

The valiant actions of an American B-17 pilot saved the lives of his crew – but at the expense of his own. Anthony Moor details the tragic crash of an Eighth Air Force Flying Fortress

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US Army Mohawks peeking behind the Iron Curtain

Doug Gordon outlines the border surveillance missions undertaken by the US Army’s Mohawks in West Germany during the Cold War

RCAF orders two second-hand A330-200s for MRTT role

Canada’s Defence Minister Anita Anand announced on July 14 that Canada has finalized a contract to acquire the first two aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that will replace and renew the capability currently fulfilled by the CC-150 Polaris fleet and later become part of the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) fleet.

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Farnborough Airshow insights from TV’s Raymond Baxter

For many years the distinctive voice of Raymond Baxter was synonymous with Farnborough Airshow, due to him presenting the BBC’s coverage of the aeronautical extravaganza. In this October 1978 article in ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ he gives a personal take on the famous airshow 

RAF unveils Wedgetail colour scheme

DURING A combined Boeing and Royal Air Force media briefing at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, om July 15, a digital rendering of the proposed colour scheme for the RAF’s three new E-7 Wedgetail AEW1 aircraft was officially unveiled.

TacAir contracted to upgrade ex-Swiss F-5E/Fs for USN

TACTICAL AIR Support Inc of Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a $265.3m firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on July 1 by the US Naval Air Warfare Aviation Division to upgrade 22 former Swiss Air Force F-5E/F Tiger IIs.

The ultimate B-17 Flying Fortress quiz

The B-17 played a pivotal role in America's contribution to World War Two. How much do you know about the Flying Fortress? Test your knowledge with this quiz!

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Luftwaffe vs Mighty Eighth: The battle to stop US bombers

Robert Forsyth details how the Luftwaffe attempted to defend the Third Reich against the mass daylight formations of US heavy bombers

C-54 Skymasters on turn-around between airlift sorties, with C-54G 45-532 of the Pacific Division, Military Air Transport Service, in the foreground. KEY COLLECTION Feature Premium

Berlin Airlift - USAF pilots' memories of Operation Vittles

Berlin Airlift pilots from the US Air Force tell the story of their part in one of the greatest humanitarian efforts in aviation history

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A complete overview of USAFE-AFAFRICA

This year US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commemorated its 80th anniversary. The command is the oldest in the USAF, having been originally established as the Eighth Air Force under the US Army during World War Two.

Boeing delivers 150th Poseidon

Boeing has delivered the 150th production P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

 

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