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VH-71 Kestrel: The helicopter that could have been 'Marine One'

Combat Aircraft Journal reviews the troubled project of the Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel helicopter created for presidential use during the VXX program

Tornado Incoming

Just Flight has announced they have started the development of the Tornado GR1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Brazilian A-29s force down aircraft carrying 663kg of drugs

A small, twin-engined aircraft carrying roughly 663kg of cocaine base paste was successfully intercepted by two Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer A-29A/B Super Tucano light attack aircraft after it entered Brazilian airspace without authorisation on July 3

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RAF Hawker Demons of No 64 Squadron

When during the mid-1930s trouble flared in Abyssinia, the most potent fighters the RAF could muster in potential defence of British interests were Hawker Demons. On the type No 64 Squadron re-formed to join those forces ready to tackle Italian aggression — today, this unit and its Demons are recalled by the sole airworthy example, itself a veteran of 64, and soon to take to the air again

Vulcan repaint project receives funding boost

The trustees and volunteers at the Newark Air Museum (NAM) have received a fund-raising boost thanks to the generosity of the British Aviation Research Group (BARG).

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How Airlink went from regional franchisee to major African airline

After spending three decades in South African Airways’ shadow, Airlink has emerged to become the nation’s biggest carrier and the continent’s second largest airline, as Andreas Spaeth discovers

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How does Emirates recruit its cabin crew?

Airliner World caught up with Emma Baker, a talent acquisition advisor at Emirates, who helps the Dubai-based airline find the cabin crew of tomorrow

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Oregon Eagles: The F-15s of Portland and Kingsley Field

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the two major F-15C/D Eagle bases in the US State of Oregon

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla News Freemium

EXCLUSIVE: The truth about Biden’s “two additional” UK F-35 squadrons

Key.Aero can reveal the reality of the US President's recent much-publicised announcement of additional F-35 squadrons for the UK

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Netherlands purchases second-hand Gulfstream G650

Following the decision to buy five C-390 Millenniums as a replacement for the C-130H(-30)s, six additional F-35As and four additional MQ-9s, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu, Royal Netherlands Air Force) has purchased one more additional aircraft

Tunisia orders eight T-6C Texan IIs

Textron Aviation Defence has been awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract modification for procurement of eight T-6C aircraft for the Tunisian Air Force

Virgin adds third Florida destination

The Crawley-based carrier will boost its connections to Miami and Orlando from November

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Spectacular Longhorn project breaks cover

The reproduction of a Maurice Farman Longhorn S7 being built by Old Warden-based Flying Restorations was shown in public for the first time at the Shuttleworth Collection’s Fly Navy airshow on July 3.

US Navy orders two additional MQ-4C Tritons

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp has been awarded a contract for two additional low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems for the US Navy

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Creating connections with Iceland’s Niceair

Play isn’t the only fresh face making its mark on the Icelandic aviation scene. Gordon Smith travelled to north Iceland to meet Niceair CEO Thorvaldur Ludvik Sigurjonsson and learn more about the fledgling carrier’s game-changing connectivity

Beijing for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

WF Scenery Studio has released Beijing Capital Airport ZBAA for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fiji Airways confirms new direct flights to Canada

The South Pacific-based airline revealed intentions to start flying to Canada – which is set to become Fiji Airways’ 20th direct international service.

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“Aladdin's cave of aviation riches”: Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown on test flying seized German jets

The most famous naval test pilot, Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, marvelled at the German aviation technology he discovered at the end of World War Two. In one of his last interviews before his death in early 2016, he reflected to Aeroplane on his impressions of these incredible machines

Bottisham Airfield Museum P-51 unveiled

On June 18 the Bottisham Airfield Museum unveiled its freshly restored North American P-51D fibreglass replica, which previously hung from the ceiling in the American Air Museum at Duxford.

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Niger, Djibouti become Africa's latest Bayraktar TB2 operators

Niger and Djibouti have become the most recent nations to receive Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs, becoming the fourth and fifth African nations to operate the increasingly popular UCAV

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Which airlines are still flying the Airbus A380?

With the news that Lufthansa is gearing up to reintroduce the Airbus A380 to its fleet, Key Aero examines the current state of play across the 15 global super jumbo operators in this special report

Poland orders 32 AW149s in €1.76bn deal

Poland’s Ministry of Defence has ordered 32 AW149 multirole helicopters for operation by the Polish Army

Lockheed Martin awarded ROKAF F-16 upgrade contract

Lockheed Martin has received a further contract to upgrade the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF’s) fleet of F-16C/D Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters

New Australian destination for X-Plane

Orbx has announced Brisbane International Airport for X-Plane 11 is out now.

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Coastal Command Bristol Blenheims in World War Two

Blenheims saw considerable service on long-range shipping protection sorties, as Andrew Thomas outlines

 

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