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Inside the Afghan airlift of 1928-’29

The recent extensive evacuation from Afghanistan was not the first such event from Kabul. As Vic Flintham explains, the earlier airlift by the RAF alone took place some 93 years ago...

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US Special Ops aircraft cover Kabul evacuation

More than a dozen US Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft joined the US-led airlift mission to evacuate civilians from Kabul in the 15 days after Afghanistan's capital city fell to Taliban forces

Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Update

Asobo Studio has announced the Top Gun: Maverick expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been delayed until May 2022.

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Aviation's start-up supremos - Part 2

In the concluding half of a special report, Tom Batchelor highlights some of the new airlines to watch across global markets this year

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Aviation News October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Slovakia’s advanced jet trainer competition hots up

The Slovak Air Force is looking for a new advanced jet trainer to replace the obsolete aero L-39CM/ZM Albatros. The delivery of 14 new F-16C/D Block 70s, starting in mid-2023 has made it a top priority, with Leonardo and Aero Vodochody offering solutions

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Tenth Anniversary Meteor Tribute from 1954

After a decade in service The Aeroplane’s July 9, 1954 issue looks back over the type’s development with a particular focus on 25 Sqn

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New home for Aussie Catalina

The RCMPA has been denied the ability to create a long hoped-for aviation heritage centre at the former WW2 era RAAF base Rathmines on the shores of Lake Macquarie

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 59

Welcome to the 59th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Seized Jet Airways 777-300ER sold for ridiculously low price

The 2007 vintage widebody has been on the ground at Schiphol for more than two years

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The world's last proper propliner

In 1953, as the jet era loomed over Santa Monica, the Douglas Aircraft Company unveiled the DC-7. It was a last hurrah for piston power, as Airliner World reveals

Helvetic completes first commercial E190-E2 service to London City

Embraer aircraft make up nearly 90% of all movements at the airport, while the new variant will nearly double the available range from the facility to more than 4,000km

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STARLUX CEO's plan to stand out amongst strong competition

The Far East is synonymous with airlines that have earned a reputation for impeccable service. That’s why when a new entrant appears on the scene, it’s bound to turn a few heads. Chris Smith sits down with Glenn Chai, the CEO of Taiwanese carrier STARLUX, to find out its strategy for standing out amongst strong competition

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Flight Training Guide: Flight school focus

Pilot training schools come in all shapes and sizes, but there are common themes. Thomas Haynes visited Skyborne Airline Academy to find out what prospective cadets can expect

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Flight Training Guide: When dreams take flight

Airbus A320 captain Faraz Sheikh shares his remarkable journey to the flight deck

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Flight Training Guide: State of the industry

Why, in the middle of a global pandemic which has decimated the airline industry, would anyone think about training to be a commercial pilot? We explain why it might actually be the perfect moment to consider your options

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Flight Training Guide: Bridging the gender gap

Bhanu Choudhrie, founder and executive director of Alpha Aviation Group shares his thoughts on why championing women in the cockpit is critical to mitigate future pilot shortages

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Flight Training Guide: The eyes have it

Captain Matt Gray explains how eye-tracking technology could help enhance the learning and development of commercial pilots

Quiz: Cargo airline recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your cargo airline recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

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Flight Training Guide: The pathways to becoming a pilot

Becoming a professional airline pilot is a dream for many aviation enthusiasts – but how do you turn that ambition into reality?

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Flight Training Guide: Flight deck reflections

Gordon Smith chats with a range of globetrotting aviators to ask them what they wish they’d known before starting their pilot journey

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Flight Training Guide: Emirates’ call for new cadets

While the Emirates Flight Training Academy hasn’t been entirely immune to the fallout from the pandemic, the pilot school continues to welcome new recruits, as Richard Schuurman finds out

OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATHER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Supersonic in the Super Sabre in 1957

The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was the USAF’s first supersonic fighter and The Aeroplane gave a first-hand account of flying in this fighter after John Fricker was taken aloft. His revealing report was published in the June 28, 1957 edition

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Orange2Fly A320 stall-protection activated on approach to Muscat

The jet’s automation kicked in to prevent the aircraft from stalling

South Korean UH-60Ps land on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Republic of Korea Navy-operated Sikorsky UH-60P Black Hawks landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) for the first time this week during an at-sea Defence Engagement

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