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MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

Where will Air France be flying its new A220?

Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 as it starts the process of replacing its A318 and A319 fleet with the next generation narrowbody.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's historic quiz will test you on all things aviation from over the past century...

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Power on for Portugal’s first KC-390

Embraer is making good progress with manufacture of the first Portuguese Air Force KC-390 Millennium, after the air arm revealed that the aircraft had achieved ‘power on’ for the first time at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on September 21

“We’re very interested”: Air Astana CEO on dedicated freighters

Like many airlines during the pandemic, Air Astana has found success flying freight. But is it something the airline would do long term? Peter Foster, the president and CEO of the company explains

Boeing awarded contract for five German Poseidons

Boeing has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five Lot 12 P-8A Poseidons for the government of Germany

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The 1928 Italia airship disaster

In this two-part series, we examine the tragic events of the 1928 Italia airship disaster during an expedition to the Arctic, and the disastrous attempt to rescue its missing crew

Aviation heritage trails launched

On 22 September the Historic England-backed Military Aviation Heritage Networks announced a new heritage trail to highlight the rich aviation history of East Anglia, following on from a similar No 11 Group, Fighter Command trail that was launched during August

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 20

In Episode 20 of The Air Warrior Podcast we sit down with a Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H loadmaster to discuss his experiences from 10 gruelling days spent operating in support of the recent Kabul airlift.

Finnair sells four A350s, here’s how much the buyers paid

In a bid to strengthen its financial position, Finnair has sold four of its Airbus A350s.

Inside the Avro RJX: the last UK-built airliner

September is a special month for the British Aerospace 146. Not only is it 40 years since its first flight, but it also happens to be the 20th anniversary of the final variant’s maiden flight. Key.Aero visited Manchester Airport to see the Avro RJX up close

US Navy receives first Block III Super Hornet

The US Navy has received its first of 78 contracted Block III Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, after the initial example departed Lambert International Airport in St Louis, Missouri, and arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on September 27

Belgian F-16s deploy to Landivisiau

Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons of the Belgian Air Component deployed to Landivisiau, Brittany in North-West France for a training exercise to maintain high level of qualifications, mainly at night whilst work is carried out on the infrastructure of Florennes Air Base

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AH-1Z and UH-1Y on show in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic ordered four Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and eight UH-1Y Venom utility rotorcraft in December 2019, so it was not surprising to see examples of both from the USMC in the NATO Air Days static display from September 18-19

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1949 UK Stratocruiser Debut

An interesting report on the first visit of a Boeing Stratocruiser to the UK, as reported in the April 15, 1949 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 62

Welcome to the 62nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Flybe begins hiring flight crew, but there’s a catch

Defunct UK carrier Flybe has edged closer to a restart as it begins accepting applications for flight crew

USMC’s Harvest HAWK+ achieves full operational capability

US Naval Air Systems Command has revealed that the USMC’s Harvest HAWK+-configured Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules has achieved full operational capability

Quiz: Defunct African airlines

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

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Combat Aircraft Journal November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn B-52H re-engining contract

Rolls-Royce has emerged as the winner of the competition to re-engine the USAF's 76-strong fleet of Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic heavy bombers, beating off competition from GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney

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Condor A320 forced to dodge helicopter AND mountain on departure

Investigators have concluded that failures by the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 and air traffic control caused the jet to experience a serious air proximity encounter and terrain alert

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's picture of the week was taken by Daniel Butcher

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100th ARW conducts ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment deployment to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from September 13-16

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Swissair - Goodbye Metropolitan, Hello DC-9

The arrival of the DC-9 with Swissair meant the days of its last propliner were numbered, although as revealed in the August 25, 1966 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ there were some unexpected complications...

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