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Secret Guardians: French SOF operations in North Africa

We reveal some of the vital work being undertaken by the French Special Ops helicopters that are operating covertly in the Sahel region of North Africa

Belgium sends multiple airlift assets to assist Kabul evacuations

Due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, the Belgian government approved evacuation operations from Kabul International Airport by Belgian defence air assets

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian Su-24 over the Black Sea

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s assigned to the RAF’s 121 Expeditionary Air Wing were scrambled to intercept an unidentified Russian fighter in international airspace over the Black Sea on August 17

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Ilyushin Il-112V prototype destroyed in fatal crash

The first prototype of the new Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport aircraft was destroyed in a fatal accident on August 17, killing all three crew members

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The World’s Biggest Transport Aircraft…in 1957

The Aeroplane, in its June 21, 1957 issue, reported on the progress of the massive Douglas C-133A being manufactured for the US Air Force

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Black Box Simulations' Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

We review Black Box Simulations' second general aviation aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Britten- Norman BN-2 Islander.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IV and V - A Developer’s Diary

Since our last status report on Microsoft Flight Simulator, Asobo Studio has released five major updates along with several ‘hot fixes’ as the team continues to work with aircraft manufacturers, the flight sim community and real-world pilots to improve all aspects of the simulator.

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How has the global airliner fleet changed in the last three years?

With the onset of COVID-19 across worldwide markets during the first half of last year, we analyse the trends of the global fleet before the pandemic (2019), its spread worldwide (2020) and what we hope is the road to recovery (2021).

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Investigation into USAF C-17A incident in Kabul could be launched

An official investigation could be launched into the chaotic first hours of the Kabul airlift that saw a US Air Force C-17 taxiing through a crowd of Afghan civilians attempting to flee the country, before taking off with some people still clinging on

Final US Navy E-2C completes PMI-2 process

The last US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye to complete the planned maintenance interval two (PMI-2) at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) departed NAS North Island, California, on August 3

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Where are Afghanistan’s 14 commercial airliners?

Key.Aero charts where the country’s collection of airliners is currently positioned following the Taliban’s takeover

US military deploys to support Haiti following deadly earthquake

In the last few days, US Southern Command has deployed its forces to Haiti to support ongoing humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts after the Caribbean nation was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 14

We look back in an interview with a former US Navy F/A-18 Squadron Commander on his frontline experiences and the role that airpower played in the years of combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Airports of the World Issue 97 - September-October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

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Chaos in Kabul as coalition forces continue to withdraw from Afghanistan

As the Taliban entered Kabul to complete its rapid re-conquest of Afghanistan following the NATO withdrawal, order broke down at the city’s Hamid Karzai International Airport as thousands of civilians forced their way onto the tarmac in a bid to board one of the many military airlift flights evacuating US and other nationals

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 56

Welcome to the 56th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Turmoil at Kabul airport as ‘last commercial flight’ departs

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 finally leaves after five hours on the ground but all airlines have now suspended operations

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On-board RAF Comet training flight to Africa in 1957

A revealing account of RAF Comet operations from the May 17, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane

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Wings Over Flanders Fields: Between Heaven & Hell II

A truly immersive experience The developer of Wings over Flanders Fields, Old Brown Dog, has released a new version of this popular series called ‘Between Heaven & Hell II’. Derek Davis takes it for a test flight and highlights some of the new features that have been incorporated.

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Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 6

In this lesson, we continue to develop our instrument night flying skills and learn how and when to use the flight, engine and navigation instruments when the weather or visibility makes visual flight more difficult.

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Austrian E195 nearly STALLED on go-around in Salzburg

The stick shaker activated as the crew conducted a missed approach while trying to land in a storm

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Aerosoft’s World of aircraft: Glider Simulator

Some might think that releasing a new concept in flight simulation immediately after the fanfare of Microsoft Flight Simulator is a dubious decision but Aerosoft has successfully done so with World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator. We take a look at the concept and the initial product in the series…

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Orbx's Split Airport (LDSP)

For this issue, I’m grabbing my bucket and spade and heading off to a popular holiday destination, Split in Croatia.

Eight killed after Russian Navy Be-200ChS crashes in Turkey

All eight personnel on board were killed when a Russian Navy Beriev Be-200ChS multi-purpose amphibian crashed into a mountain in Turkey while engaged in fire-fighting operations on August 14

 

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