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Mauritius Coast Guard receives Dornier 228 from India

AN OFFICIAL ceremony was conducted at the Maritime Air Squadron of the Mauritius National Coast Guard at Plaisance/Sir Seewoosagur International Airport on September 13 to hand over a Passenger Variant Dornier (PVD) on lease from the Indian Navy.

Quiz: Defunct European airlines

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

Smart South Dakota ANG heritage F-16 scheme

A US Air Force/South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) F-16CM Fighting Falcon from the 114th Fighter Wing’s 175th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Lobos’ has been painted in a stylish blue and white color scheme to commemorate the SDANG’s 75th anniversary.

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DSEI 2021: Tempest testbed progresses as Leonardo, 2Excel reveal ‘Excalibur’

2Excel Aviation is preparing to transform a former civil-operated Boeing 757-200 into a flying laboratory for combat air technology after it was contracted by Leonardo to proceed with the next stage of the Tempest Flight Test Aircraft programme

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Lufthansa A350 flew low pass in Cologne after U-turn over Scotland

Key.Aero reveals why, after leaving Munich, a Chicago-bound A350 turned around over Scotland, made a low approach to Cologne, held near Munich and finally diverted to Frankfurt

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1961 Belvedere Rotary Revolution for the RAF

The heavy-lift capabilities of the RAF’s then new Belvedere helicopter were demonstrated at RAF Odiham with ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reporting on the event in the November 16, 1961 issue

Stockholm Bromma Airport Now Available

Scenery developer, Orbx has released ESSB Stockholm Bromma Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week is by Ian Amis

FlyPast Podcast Episode 39

For this episode we're talking to Nicky van der Drift, the Chief Executive at Lincolnshire's International Bomber Command Centre.

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F-117 Nighthawks perform combat training with 144th FW

Two Lockheed F-117 Nighthawks landed at Fresno-Yosemite international airport on September 13 to conduct dissimilar air combat training missions with the 144th Fighter Wing

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DSEI 2021: Airbus proposes H175M for UK’s NMH requirement

Airbus Helicopters has revealed that it intends to offer its H175M super-medium-class utility rotorcraft for the UK Ministry of Defence’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement

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How ex-Walmart boss saved Air New Zealand

If there were ever to be a contest for the worst time to become an airline CEO, January 2020 could be a contender. Greg Foran, Air New Zealand’s chief executive, spoke to Thomas Haynes about his turbulent first 18 months in the job

AFSOC developing amphibious capability for MC-130J

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is moving forward with long-standing plans to develop an amphibious capability for the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II

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DSEI 2021: RAF reveals second Protector RG1 unit

The RAF has revealed that No 13 Squadron ‘The Stabbed Cats’ will be the second operational unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector RG1 remotely piloted air system

Historic Aviation Quiz

What will you score this week?

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DSEI 2021: BAE and Malloy team-up on all-electric T-650 UAS

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric heavy-lift uncrewed air system at the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

Dates and prices announced for Visit the Vulcan Day, Southend

London Southend Airport is home to the preservation effort of Avro Vulcan XL426. Now, you can see the former Royal Air Force bomber up close at their Visit the Vulcan Day, and even have the opportunity to climb inside the cockpit...

A2A Spitfire Takes Flight in MSFS

A2A Simulations has released the Mk1A Supermarine Spitfire for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

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Supersonic sweet spot

United States-based start-up Exosonic aims to have a Mach 1.8-capab le airliner in service by the mid-2030s. As projects aiming for similar continue to fold, Paul E Eden discovered the passion driving this firm’s ambitious high-speed plans as it streaks towards to its goal

Indonesia’s first C-130J-30 in production

After much speculation over the last couple of years, it has finally been confirmed that the Indonesian Air Force has ordered the C-130J Super Hercules

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DSEI 2021: BriteCloud set to begin flight trials with US F-16s

Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy is quickly progressing towards flight trials with Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the US Air National Guard

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DSEI 2021: Leonardo launches 'Team AW149 UK' to support NMH bid

Leonardo announced the launch of Team AW149 UK during the first day of the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

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The kamikaze pilot whose family sacrificed themselves for his career 

One of seven children, Hajime Fujii was a fiercely determined individual who reflected the Japanese ethos in World War Two. So shocking was his story that it remained a government held secret for decades… 

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