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Early wartime adventures of No 330 (Norwegian) Squadron RAF

The first Free Norwegian squadron in the RAF found itself thrown in at the deep end – almost literally – flying cumbersome Northrop floatplanes from Iceland. Their early wartime adventures are recounted by Andrew Thomas

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 90

Welcome to the 90th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Red Bull “Plane Swap” stunt goes wrong as aircraft spirals out of control

A stunt sponsored by Red Bull involving two pilots swapping aircraft mid-flight went wrong when one of the planes went out of control and crashed.

Sopwith Triplane for Flying Circus Released

1C Game Studios has announced the long-awaited Sopwith Triplane for Flying Circus – Vol. II is now available.

Boston for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The latest US destination from FlyTampa is Boston Logan International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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A Royal Farewell: Reflecting on the BAe 146's RAF service career

Chris Croot sat down with Wg Cdr Delia Chadwick, officer commanding No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, to discuss the life of the RAF’s BAe 146 CC2/C3 fleet and its recent retirement

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RAF Canberras and a 24,000-mile Latin American tour

In 1952, four Royal Air Force Canberras performed a goodwill tour of Latin America – becoming the first jets to fly over most of the continent, reveals Santiago Rivas

Which airline recently celebrated 50 years of flying to the USA?

50th anniversary inbound! Find out which international airline has just recently celebrated half a century of flying to the USA – back in 1972, its first US services consisted of just two routes flown by the iconic Boeing 707. Can you guess? No need, just find out here…

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Latest BBMF boss Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden Interview – Part 2

In the second part of our interview with Squadron Leader Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden, James Peene asks the current officer in charge of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight about what lies in store for 2022

Which airport completed runway resurfacing in a national record time?

An airport with an 11,500ft-long runway took just 75 days to finish resurfacing work - the amount of asphalt laid was equivalent to a 200km-long road! But, which airport in what country you ask – find out here!

QUIZ: British Airways - Seats across the fleet!

As the aviation world springs back to life, it's high time for a test which will sort the British Airways aficionados from the BA bunglers! All data is as supplied via British Airways and represents the maximum passenger capacity, unless otherwise stated. Good luck!

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The daring Vietnam Jolly Green Giant Phantom crewman rescue

After F-4 Phantom crewman Roger Locher was shot down in Vietnam, a Jolly Green Giant made one of the most audacious rescues in USAF history. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver investigates

Pilots to SWAP aircraft in incredible Red Bull stunt

Red Bull is known for its daredevil stunts and tomorrow two of its athletes will attempt something the company says has never been done before: pilots swapping aircraft mid-flight. Key.Aero sits down with one of them to find out more

Tempest memorial panels installed at Newchurch

An eye-catching pair of glass panels have been added to the memorial site of the Advanced Landing Ground at Newchurch, Kent.

Angola orders three C295s for multi-role operations

Angola has become the 38th global export customer for the Airbus C295 family of medium-lift tactical airlifters, with the company announcing that the nation has placed a firm order for three aircraft to perform multi-role operations on April 21

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A look at the Dauphin IIs supporting the Royal Navy's FOST mission

A familiar sight in the skies above Cornwall and Devon but less so elsewhere, Ian Harding considers the unique and specialised operations of the Dauphin II helicopter that performs an important Flag Officer Sea Training role on behalf of the Royal Navy

Air Canada's big surprise for Manchester

The world-famous Maple Leaf is about to go mainline at Manchester! Key Aero has all the details you need to know to catch a glimpse (or a seat) on the new service.

Final F-35As delivered to Eielson AFB

Eielson AFB in Alaska has received its full complement of 54 F-35A Lightning IIs, following delivery of the last two aircraft

Long-nosed Canberra B.6 (mod) XH568 – one of the ‘raspberry ripple’ fleet on offer. All photos FlyPast – Duncan Cubitt Feature Premium

MoD Cold War Aircraft Sale

In 1993 the UK MoD held an auction to sell off some interesting aircraft types and not surprisingly there was plenty of interest from potential buyers, as detailed in the September issue of FlyPast

Fresh new livery for Navy Wings Harvard 

Navy Wings’ Canadian Car & Foundry-built Harvard Mk.IV has been repainted in a distinctive, ‘corporate’ colour scheme.

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How the Grumman Hellcat proved to be a powerful weapon

The Grumman Hellcat was among the US Navy’s principal World War Two combat aircraft. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this fighter, which turned out to be a powerful weapon

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

US green lights Nigerian AH-1Z purchase

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced government approval for a potential foreign military sale to Nigeria of a dozen AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters

Hungary orders 12 L-39NG jet trainers

Czech aerospace company, Aero Vodochody has just announced a contract with the Hungarian MOD to supply 12 L-39NGs to the Hungarian Air Force, with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in 2024

US $800m Ukraine military aid package includes 11 more Mi-17s

As part of $800m-worth of additional security assistance, the US is to supply an additional 11 Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine along with a range of other military equipment. This supplementary military aid was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on April 13.

 

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