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Brazil acquires two additional RQ-900 UAVs

The Brazilian Air Force is set to grow its fleet of RQ-900 (Hermes 900) MALE UAVs by two aircraft, following the signing of an acquisition contract with AEL Sistemas – a Brazil-based subsidiary of Elbit Systems

USMC AH-1Z damaged after mishap in New Jersey

A USMC-operated Bell AH-1Z Viper has sustained substantial damage after it crashed in a field following a mishap near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, New Jersey, on January 6

Netherlands to receive MQ-9A Reaper in February

The Royal Netherlands Air Force is due to receive four MQ-9A Block 5 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles from US manufacturer General Atomics next month

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Captain W.E. Johns: Biggles

What’s in a name? Come on, be honest now, how many of you reading this have been put off from reading any of the works by Captain W.E. Johns because his eponymous hero, Biggles sounds a bit, well, silly?

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Aviation News February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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New home sought for Yak-9 reproduction

Yakovlev Yak-9U-M N6388U Ol Snort has been listed for sale in the US via Courtesy Aircraft

US Army UH-60 in Afghanistan News Premium

UK’s New Medium Helicopter creeps towards start line

The UK’s long-awaited New Medium Helicopter programme, which will see a new helicopter type enter service in replacement of four existing platforms, could get underway next month

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 76

Welcome to the 76th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

An F-15E of the 336th Fighter Squadron on approach to RAF Lakenheath. All photos Dino Carrara News Premium

IN PICTURES: 'Rocketeers' at Lakenheath

A selection of photos of F-15E Strike Eagles of the US Air Force’s 336th Fighter Squadron ‘Rocketeers’ which are currently deployed to RAF Lakenheath

Challenger 650 Touches Down in X-Plane

Aircraft developer, Hot Start has released the Take Command!: Challenger 650 for X-Plane 11.

Basically a military aircraft – but the “fighter pilot mentality” is discouraged. Feature Premium

When Alitalia used fighter jet trainers to teach its student pilots

In an unusual move in the 1960s Alitalia used military jet trainers to teach its students pilots. ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ described this unusual training syllabus in its January 9, 1964 issue

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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

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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

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