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Operation Black Buck: Falklands' most daring raids?

The ‘Black Buck’ Vulcan raids have, perhaps, been the subject of more post-Falklands War debate than any other air operations mounted during the 1982 conflict. Forty years on, we analyse their effectiveness in the context of the broader Operation ‘Corporate’ campaign

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Development of the British Aerospace Sea Harrier

The aircraft that heralded a revolution in Royal Navy shipborne aviation

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How New York/JFK is transforming itself

New York’s John F Kennedy is embarking on a multi-billion-dollar regeneration programme that it hopes will cement its position as a top-tier international gateway. Mark Blacklock runs the rule over the airport’s impending transformation

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The aeroplane that led to the Harrier

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier was the face of aviation during the Falklands Conflict. But before it came the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel, an experimental aircraft that would lead to the first VTOL jet fighter-bomber 

France and Spain launch Tiger MkIII programme

The European OCCAR organisation has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade programme

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Embraer launches E190F and E195F conversions

It’s been a long time coming, but Embraer is finally making meaningful moves into the freighter market. The Brazilian OEM has just confirmed it will launch E190F and E195F versions of its popular narrowbody regional jet products and is promising “head-turning performance and economics”

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Lufthansa Group reveals new regional airline

The Lufthansa Group has unveiled plans for its sixth airline to launch - possibly within a year.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 83

Welcome to the 83rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Aeroplane Database: The BAe Sea Harrier in service

The aircraft that defined an era of front-line Fleet Air Arm operations — not least in the Falklands

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The unique business model of JSX

US regional carrier JSX fuses domestic flying with executive travel luxury. Chris Sloan speaks to the company's CEO Alex Wilcox and Director, Marketing & Communications Ben Kaufman about their unique business model and their plans for east coast expansion

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USAF sets up new logistics units for high-intensity warfare

Arguably, the biggest innovation in the world’s leading air force isn’t technological, it’s organizational. The US Air Force (USAF) is setting up new logistics units that are optimized specifically for high-intensity warfare. David Axe reports

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The upcoming withdrawal of the Mirage 2000C from the Armée de l’Air

In June, the withdrawal of the Mirage 2000C from the Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace will take place, 38 years after its entry into service. Frédéric Lert explores the impact of this machine

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Latest BBMF boss Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden interview

James Peene met with the latest officer in charge of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. In the first of a BBMF two-part feature, here’s what Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden had to say about his role

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The big aspirations of GlobalX

Less than a year after its launch, one US charter operator is eyeing exceptional expansion plans in a post-pandemic world. Chris Sloan reports

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The story of RAF Hercules air-to-air refuelling in the Falklands

Giving the RAF’s Hercules transport force its own air-to-air refuelling capability was a boost for its commitment to the South Atlantic theatre in the aftermath of the 1982 war, as a former ‘Herc’ pilot relates

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Luftwaffe fighter ace Rudolf Müller

Of all the Luftwaffe fighter pilots who fought in the Arctic theatre until the spring of 1943, none achieved as many aerial successes as Rudolf Müller. However, his war came to a premature end

QUIZ: Where does Flight 001 go?

In the airline business, it doesn't get more important than Flight 001. Put your knowledge to the test and be prepared for a few surprises along the way!

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How Argentina used Boeing 707s to search for British ships during Falklands

When the UK deployed its task force to the South Atlantic, the Argentine Air Force was ordered to search for the ships — but how to do that without a dedicated long-range maritime patrol aircraft?

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How Plane Sailing trains new pilots to fly its majestic PBY Catalina

How Plane Sailing trains new pilots to fly its majestic PBY Catalina, and perpetuate the expertise of operating the big amphibian

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Designing the Foster Wikner Wicko

Having arrived in Britain from Australia, Geoffrey Neville Wikner became one of the many aircraft designers fighting for a slice of the inter-war light aeroplane market. But, even if it wasn’t destined for great commercial success, his high-winged Wicko was certainly something different

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Aviation News April 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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AirForces Monthly April 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

BBMF Hangar Tour

With flying activities curtailed for the winter months, there's still plenty going on behind the scenes at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight…

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RAF Hunter Aerobatics Team

Before the RAF decided to establish a full-time aerobatic team, the famous ‘Red Arrows’, a number of units set up teams to perform at airshows. One of these was 54 Squadron which would fly a formation of four Hunters. Back in 1955 ‘The Aeroplane’ paid them a visit…

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Ukraine presses more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs into service

The Ukrainian military has received an additional unspecified number of Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles made by Turkish company Baykar Defence and has pressed them directly into service against invading units of the Russian military

 

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