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Military

USAF purchases two AT-6C Wolverines

Textron Aviation Defense has announced that the US Air Force (USAF) has now officially purchased two AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft.

RNLAF renews PC-7 maintenance contract with RUAG

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has renewed a contract with RUAG MRO Switzerland to provide propeller maintenance to its Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer fleet.

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The Airborne Connector

A US Air Force aircraft type that had quietly gone about its trade for nearly 15 years came into sharp focus after a crash in Afghanistan. Combat Aircraft Journal examines the role of the E-11A BACN.

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Warthogs of Crow Mountain

As the US Department of Defense looks to prune the A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet, Combat Aircraft Journal highlights the work of the 25th Fighter Squadron ‘Assam Draggins’, the only forward-deployed A-10 unit.

Second RAF Poseidon arrives in the UK

The second Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) has arrived in the UK.

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Commercial

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SET UP TO FAIL?

In its initial guise, the Trident was a world beater set to steal Boeing’s thunder and rob the US manufacturer of 727 sales. Sent back to the drawing board by British European Airways, the world’s first trijet airliner was deprived of performance and passengers making it a financial flop. Stephen Skinner details its development and early variants in the first of two instalments

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Polynesian propliners

Commercial aviation has been a difficult nut to crack in Tonga since the first domestic flights took off in 1972. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South Pacific kingdom and the brief period when Chathams Pacific connected the island nation with Convair classics

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Picking up the pieces

The domestic aviation market in the UK experienced seismic shocks in 2020. Tom Batchelor reviews the events of the last 12 months and speaks to executives of the country’s major airlines to find out how they weathered the storm created by the collapse of Flybe and the COVID-19 pandemic

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Historic

The restoration of XH558

In 2004, over 20 years after its final RAF flight, permission was granted to restore the XH558 back to flying condition. This is how it was done…

Huge grant awarded to Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre at Newquay Airport has received a grant of £40,300 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A commercial passenger-carrying development of the famous Vickers Vimy flew for the first time on April 13 in 1919. Check out these photos from our archive of some of the Vimy family of aircraft

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Flight Simulation

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DCS: Spitfire LF Mk IX

Air Combat: Part 1 TUTORIAL “After two steep circling...

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Flight Sim Q&A

You’ve got the questions? We’ve got the answers! ...

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Carenado Cheyenne II

The aircraft prized for its performance, utility and economy...

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