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Terminal buildings and apron at Islay. Feature Premium

BEA Heralds herald new dawn on Scottish routes

The November 15, 1962 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ reported on the introduction of the Handley Page Herald on the challenging Scottish Highlands and Islands routes operated by BEA at the time

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Why West Wind ATR 42 crashed just 17 seconds after take-off

A fatal 2017 crash of a West Wind ATR 42 has exposed systemic issues involving aircraft taking off with icing contaminated surfaces in Canada, investigators from the country’s Transportation Safety Board have concluded.

NATO aircraft guard US warship into the Black Sea

NATO air assets were on hand to guard the entry of the US Navy’s Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) into the Black Sea on November 4, with US Air Force (USAF) fighters and Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft from Turkey and Greece participated in the mission

USAF 494th Fighter Squadron return home from Southeast Asia

Personnel from the US Air Force’s 494th Fighter Squadron (FS) “Panthers” returned to RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, between October 26 and November 1 from an eight-month deployment to Southwest Asia

Airbus Scale unveiled

Airbus has launched Airbus Scale, a new innovation unit that brings together corporate innovation, start-up engagement and company building activities

Bombardier celebrates Texas apprentices

Ten of the first cohort in Bombardier’s apprenticeship and training programme in Red Oak, Texas, have graduated

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Duncan Monk

FlyPast Podcast Episode 46

For this episode, former leader of the Red Arrows Simon Meade drops in for a chat with FlyPast editor John Sootheran.

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Business jets to replace RAF BAe146 fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to acquire two civil business jets to replace the current fleet of four Royal Air Force BAe146 transport aircraft when the type leaves service in Q1 next year

Three more F-35Bs delivered to RAF Marham

A further three F-35B Lightning IIs have been delivered to RAF Marham, Norfolk, with the aircraft, ZM156 ‘022’ (c/n 2BK.0022), ZM157 ‘023’ (c/n 2BK.0023) and ZM158 ‘024’ (c/n 2BK0024), arriving at the base on October 28

Portuguese F-16s perform anti-surface warfare exercise

Força Aérea Portuguesa/Portuguese Air Force (FAP) F-16 MLU Fighting Falcons currently deployed at Siaulial Air Base, Lithuania, for air policing duties trained with NATO’s Maritime Group One during an anti-surface warfare exercise on October 29

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman makes progress in flight testing

Boeing Australia has announced the expansion to the flight-test programme of Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System, known as the Loyal Wingman, following the completion of two separate flight missions at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Woomera range in South Australia

Savback makes Nottingham its UK home 

Savback Helicopters is to open a UK base at Nottingham Heliport in the East Midlands as it continues its expansion in Europe

Avro Vulcan pilot John LeBrun on bomb loads

Whilst the Vulcan was capable of carrying conventional payloads, it originally formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, as retired Vulcan pilot John LeBrun discusses

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RAF Shadow R1 Fleet to be upgraded and increased

The RAF’s fleet of six modified Beechcraft King Air 350CER Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms known as the Shadow R1 is to be increased and upgraded after a £110m contract is awarded to Raytheon UK on November 3

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Trump’s 757 returns to the skies after two years on the ground

Former President Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 has returned to the skies for the first time since 2019.

An Ariana DC-6A/B at Kabul airport nearly 6,000ft above sea level. The airline carried 39,285 passengers in the Moslem year ended March 21, an increase of 3 per cent over the previous year. Feature Premium

1966 Afghanistan civil aviation flashback

A fascinating snapshot of the growing part aviation was playing in Afghanistan, as told in the July 28, 1966 ‘Aeroplane’

Vulcan to the Sky - Eight weeks to hit target

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) has until the end of the year to hit its fundraising target of £2.2 million needed to secure a mortgage and build a new home for Avro Vulcan XH558.

First operational test mission for the F-15EX

Full, large scale operational tests with the US Air Force’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs recently got underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The 57th Wing at Nellis announced on October 22 that the new type’s first-ever operational test missions were being undertaken at Nellis from October 18-25, paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es

Commercial space station project announced

Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have announced plans to develop the first-ever free flying commercial space station

Sustainability testbed tackles contrails

Cambridge-based tech firm Satavia is working with Etihad to explore how to avoid producing contrails

AerCap buys GECAS

Irish lessor AerCap has acquired GECAS in a transaction that makes it the industry’s largest leasing company

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Ageing RCAF CF-188A/B Hornets engaged in busy EAP deployment

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) fleet of ageing CF-188A/B Hornets have been kept busy during ongoing Enhanced Air Policing operations based out of Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in Constanta, Romania, alongside colleagues from the Forțele Aeriene Române/Romanian Air Force (RoAF)

Historic Aviation Quiz: Coastal Command Edition

Have a go at this week's tricky Coastal Command themed Historic aviation quiz!

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How Gatwick plans to use northern runway for expansion

Could using an existing runway at Gatwick help ease London’s air capacity problems? Gordon Smith visited the West Sussex site to find out more

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