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TAP A320 thrust reverser deploys during go-around

Danish investigators have opened an inquiry into an inadvertent thrust reverser deployment during a go-around involving a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320.

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The secretive role of USAF's E-11A

Lurking in the shadows of secrecy, the E-11A is perhaps the most vital relay and gateway platform in the USAF’s order of battle. Tom Kaminski examines the role of Bombardier’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

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The Snark: a peculiar aircraft that baffled experts

He might be one of the most important names in aeronautical development of whom you’ve never heard, but Dr Norman de Bruyne deserves his place in the history books — not least for a light aeroplane that confounded supposedly expert opinion

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 89

Welcome to the 89th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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2022: The aviation recovery and its challenges

We digest the latest insights on the opportunities and possible pitfalls surrounding 2022’s commercial aviation rebound

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How a pricey restaurant bill led an actor to start an airline with a Dragon Rapide

The very fine restoration of a de Havilland Dragon Rapide also resurrected a British airline name from the past. We tracked down the man who ran the original Scillonia Airways, and talked to one of the leading lights in the modern operation of the same name

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Scaled Composites Stratolaunch: how it works and why it exists

Six engines. Twin fuselages. A launch platform for hypersonic vehicles. Mark Broadbent reports on the unique Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft

French Transall bows out with farewell tour

Wearing a unique commemorative scheme, the French Air Force’s C-160 Transall R-212/64-GL has undertaken a farewell tour to mark the retirement of the type from service.

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ANALYSIS: What is the current status of the Ukrainian Air Force?

As the war between Russia and Ukraine presses on through a second month, Vladimir Trendafilovski examines the status of a Ukrainian Air Force that has defied the odds to defend its skies and dealt hard-hitting blows to its invaders

Emirates reveals return to another London airport

Responding to “sustained demand for international travel”, Gulf giant Emirates is billed to return to another London gateway this summer. Find out which one this is, how many airports Emirates plans to serve the UK capital this year, and more, by reading ahead!

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Royal Norwegian Air Force and the F-16: the complete story

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has bade farewell to the Lockheed Martin F-16 after more than 40 years of pivotal service defending the Scandinavian country and serving NATO’s air-policing system. Paulo Mata reports

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk restoration projects offered for sale

In a deal brokered by US-based Courtesy Aircraft Sales, a pair of Curtiss P-40N Warhawk restoration projects are available to purchase

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Flying Germany’s incredible V/STOL Dornier Do 31 airlifter

German jet innovation resumed post-war, and with a vengeance. The Dornier Do 31 V/STOL transport was a remarkable achievement — we talked to the test pilot who was instrumental in this ground-breaking project

QUIZ: UK aviation history: 1972-2022!

This month the UK's Civil Aviation Authority celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the milestone, we've a special quiz to test your knowledge of events which shaped the organisation from the past five decades. Good luck!

Last Australian C-130A scrapped

The bulk of Lockheed C-130A Hercules A92-214, latterly an exhibit at the RAAF Museum’s Point Cook base, has been scrapped.

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How Hawker Hurricanes were modified to transport mail

Outmoded as a European theatre fighter the Hawker Hurricane may have been by 1944-45, but still it played a key role in the Allied liberation of Europe — of all things, delivering mail

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Boeing 777-8F vs Airbus A350F: Comparing the next-gen freighters

New twin-engine cargo airliners are on their way, as the recently launched A350F and 777-8F freighters go head-to-head for orders. Mark Broadbent reports

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

Astonfly trains 500 Ryanair pilots

Low-cost carrier Ryanair is entrusting French flight school Astonfly to select and train its pilots of the future.

Production of first two RNZAF Poseidons gets underway

The Royal New Zealand Air Force's first and second P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are now being manufactured by Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems teams in the US

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The RAF’s first Javelin squadron

In its July 13, 1956 issue ‘The Aeroplane’ reported on No. 46 Squadron at RAF Odiham which was putting the Javelin through its paces in terms of trials and tactics development

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Broussard returns to the skies in Wiltshire

Following an extensive rebuild and avionics upgrade, Max Holste MH.1521C Broussard G-CLLK flew again on February 10.

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Inside the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron

Operating the C-130J Hercules, the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron is the first bi-national unit of its kind in Europe. Babak Taghvee investigates

Official launch for Navy Wings’ Seafire

Supermarine Seafire Mk.XVII SX336 was rolled out at Yeovilton on April 6, flying in front of a gathering of guests and media.

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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