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Inside Bristow's 1960s North Sea oil rig helicopter service

From the February 16, 1967 issue of Aeroplane, Raymond Hankin describes Bristow Helicopters’ support service for rigs drilling off the east coast of the UK for oil and natural gas

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Why NASA’s $1bn 747 SOFIA flying observatory is being axed after just 8 years

It’s no ordinary jumbo, but despite its unique capability of providing a window to the cosmos and beyond, NASA will shortly retire its unique Boeing 747 SOFIA flying observatory. Mark Broadbent reports

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Flying the flag: Percival’s Proctor

Well over 1,000 were built, but very few examples of Percival’s Proctor grace skies today. Darren Harbar talks to the current custodians of a classic British survivor

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ANALYSIS: How Black Hawk cockpits are entering the digital age

The use of digital cockpit technology in the US military’s UH-60 helicopter has modernised a legacy platform and served as a test case for future rotary platform systems

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your historic aviation knowledge in this instalment of the weekly quiz... it's fiendishly tricky!

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What happened to the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A?

Finding a new tanker for the USAF has never been an easy process. David Willis details the highs and lows of the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A in the KC-X programme

Filton museum to celebrate Britannia’s 70th

A cavalcade of vintage Bristol buses and Bristol cars will travel from the Aerospace Bristol museum to Cotswold Airport at Kemble, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday 16 August, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Bristol Britannia.

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Poland signs contract for KAI FA-50PL

Poland has signed a deal with South Korea to buy 48 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PL light combat jets.

Airbus A400M drops 20 tonnes of water in firefighting tests

Airbus Defence & Space announced on July 26 the success of test flight campaign in Spain with a removable firefighting kit onboard the A400M.

CONFIRMED: JetBlue wins battle to buy Spirit with $3.8bn deal

JetBlue Airways has reached a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines, hours after an alternative bid by Frontier Airlines was scrapped.

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What it's like to fly in Flying Bulls’ B-25J Mitchell

Luke Bimm looks back at the legendary ‘Doolittle Raids’ and experiences what it was like to fly one of the machines responsible for the United States’ first bombing raid of World War Two

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Why Russia’s MiG-35 is proving to be a hard sell

Russia’s MiG-35 is currently being viewed as an increasingly hard to sell combat jet, not only to the domestic military, but also to export customers.

Pembroke Dock museum wins heritage award

The Pembroke Dock Heritage Trust has become the first Welsh recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Heritage Award.

Grand Caravan Steam Gauge Overhaul

Black Square has released a steam gauge overhaul pack for the default Microsoft Flight Simulator Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, with a new interior, analogue instrumentation and swappable avionics.

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Caproni WW1 bombers: your ultimate guide

Luigino Caliaro examines the Italian pioneer’s 1914-18 biplane and triplane giants – and untangles their destinations

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North Macedonia's Exercise Swift Response 22

The Swift Response 22 military exercise took place in May along the eastern flank of NATO, highlighting the ability of the US and its Allies to conduct near-simultaneous airborne operations from the Arctic Circle to the Balkans. Igor Bozinovski focuses on the role played by North Macedonia

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Scotland’s Strutter due to make debut flight 

The Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland has completed its potentially airworthy reproduction of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 

Corfu for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FlyTampa’s latest DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator features Corfu Island and the airport, enhanced with photorealistic PBR effects.

F-22 Raptors arrive at RAF Lakenheath for more Eastern Europe action

On July 26, six F-22A Raptors from the 90th Fighter Squadron (FS), 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, touched down at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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IN PICTURES: Fly Navy Airshow at Old Warden

It was all about the Senior Service at Old Warden on July 3 as the Shuttleworth Collection welcomed the Fly Navy Airshow back to its calendar after a three-year hiatus. Jamie Ewan was there

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Why the Egyptian Air Force has such a varied fighter fleet

The Egyptian Air Force offers an intriguing case study in procurement decisions, replete as it is with half a dozen types of fast jet, and with more diversity likely in the near future. Jim Winchester reports

WIN! LANCASTER FILM DVD

Chance to win the outstanding documentary film Lancaster is a must for anyone with an
interest in aviation. Closing date is 4 November 2022

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Combat Aircraft Journal September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Inside ESQ601: Portugal's P-3C CUP+ Squadron

With the aging Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion commonly being replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Joe Campion reports on how the Portuguese Air Force and its fleet prove the maritime patrol legend is still worthy of its role

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Spitfire BS410: The complete story

Spitfire IX BS410’s remains lay buried for more than sixty years in a French marsh. Ben Dunnell recounts the aircraft’s incredible story, following its successful return to the air in April

 

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