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The story behind the USAF's failed E-10A MC2A programme

The Northrop Grumman E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft was an ambitious program to replace several types with a single model. As we reveal, it proved to be too ambitious and was quickly dropped when the USAF needed funds for higher priority projects

Grumman F3F for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Grumman F3F-2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Indian Navy commences P-8I ops from INS Hansa

The Indian Navy has commenced Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft operations from INS Hansa, Goa-Dabolim, after the first two examples arrived at the base on December 30, 2021

Delightful air-to-air study of BEA Trident 3B, G-AWYZ. All photos Key Collection Feature Premium

Trident at 60: The first airliner with autoland

Sixty years ago today the Trident took to the air for the first time. Unfortunately, it failed to garner the large number of orders achieved by Boeing’s competitor trijet – the 727. Dene Bebbington and Bruce Hales-Dutton look back and detail the development of the Trident and its three main variants

Israel moves forward with CH-53K acquisition

Israel’s quest for the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion has moved forward after the Israeli Air Force signed a Letter of Acceptance agreement with the US government on December 30 to purchase the heavy-lift transport helicopter

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Imperial War Museum Live

Veterans and historic objects will be brought together with expert talks by curators and leading authors as Imperial War Museums launches first ever IWM Live event in 2022…

Quiz: Airline ATC callsigns

Can you identify these airlines' ATC callsigns? Let us know what score you get!

New UK military ATM system operational

A new Air Traffic Management (ATM) system is up and running at RAF Shawbury, with variants of the system intended to be rolled out across more than 60 UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) sites

Sim Update VII Now Available

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update VII for Microsoft Flight Simulation has been released.

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China to enhance aerial refuelling capabilities with new Y-20U tanker

We examine China's new Xi'an Y-20U tanker aircraft, which stretched its legs for the first time during a probe of Taiwan's ADIZ in late 2021, and details how the new platform will boost the PLAAF's air-to-air refueling capabilities

Norway’s F-35s officially take QRA role from the F-16

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning IIs officially took the role providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) from the F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet after 42 years of service to NATO and Norway on January 6

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Steve Tugwell

James Stewart during a nostalgic return to his old base at Tibenham, Norfolk, in June 1975, photographed by TERRY FINCHER, Photographers International Feature Premium

Hollywood icon with a lifelong passion for flight

James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart is well-known for his acting career and also for flying bomber missions over Europe in World War Two. ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ accompanied him on a visit to his former wartime base and looked back over his lifelong love of aviation in its October 1979 issue

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First flight of the Supermarine Seafire

Key.Aero details a short but sweet whistle stop tour of the operational history of the Supermarine Seafire to mark the anniversary of the type's first flight

Lebanese MD530F+ written off after crash landing

An MD Helicopters MD530F+ Cayuse Warrior belonging to the Lebanese Air Force has been written off after it crash landed into some trees on January 5

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ATSB opens Virgin Australia F100 crew incapacitation investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has opened an investigation into a cabin crew incapacitation event involving a Virgin Australia Regional Fokker F100.

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Aero Vodochody's second L-39NG flies again

AERO Vodochody’s second L-39NG pre-series aircraft 7004 took to the air again on January 6 after being laid up for nearly a year to undergo avionics and ergonomic improvements

Just Flight Releases Real Taxiways Europe

Real Taxiways for Microsoft Flight Simulator greatly enhances the default airports in Europe by adding a full complement of accurately placed real-world taxiway signs at airports in 40 countries,

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AirForces Monthly February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Behind-the-scenes with Dutch F-16s at Exercise Gioia Falcon 21

For two weeks in November, Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AMs deployed to Gioia del Colle Air Base in southern Italy to train with the Italian Air Force. We went behind-the-scenes to catch some of the action

First operational carrier deployment for USMC F-35Cs

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-314 (VMFA-314) made history as the first USMC unit to deploy the F-35C Lightning II aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier, as it departed with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on January 3

Atlas Air buys four Boeing 777Fs

New York-based cargo airline Atlas Air has signed for four Boeing 777 Freighters, enlarging its fleet to 18 examples.

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Paul Brickhill: Escape – Or Die

With the holiday season behind us, we can now ask, did anyone watch The Great Escape over Christmas? It’s always part of the yule tide TV schedule and if that wetted your appetite for more tales of a similar ilk, Paul Brickhill’s Escape – Or Die is a great place to start.

Spangdahlem F-16s strengthen NATO Air Policing mission

Multiple US F-16C/D Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany, landed at Łask Air Base, Poland, on January 4 to work alongside the current deployed units on NATO Baltic Air Policing and Enhanced Air Policing detachments

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World’s first private Airbus A220 delivered

European manufacturer Airbus has handed over its first-ever ACJ TwoTwenty – the private version of its popular A220 – to Swiss aviation firm Comlux.

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