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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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Aviation transformations

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

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A pilgrimage to the Pyrenees

The French town of Lourdes is renowned globally as a destination of religious pilgrimage. However, in the aviation industry, its airport is synonymous with aircraft storage and scrap. In the second instalment of this series, Sebastian Thoma provides a remarkable snapshot of Tarbes–Lourdes Airport from both the air and the ground

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Testing times

Gordon Smith catches up with Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana...

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AirForces Monthly January 2021

Welcome to AirForces Monthly January 2021

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The Baron’s 2021 predictions

We’ve enlisted our good friend Baron Felix von Tempelhof to highlight some topics to keep on your radar for the year ahead…

Nigeria accepts second Mi-171E helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force accepted its second and final Mil Mi-171E heavy-lift tactical transport helicopter at NAF Base Makurdi – located in the nation’s Benue State – on December 2

Sankt Johann Airport Released

Gaya Simulations has announced LOIJ Sankt Johann Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out.

Historic Aviation Quiz

It's the second historic quiz of December!

146 Professional Updated

Just Flight has released version 1.4 of the 146 Professional for Prepar3D.

Russia receives final batch of Su-34 fighter-bombers

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) revealed on December 2 that its subsidiary, Sukhoi, had delivered its final batch of Su-34 fighter-bombers to Russia, completing a long-term contract with the nation’s defence ministry

Norwegian begins “reorganisation process” in Norway

The troubled airline makes another legal move in an attempt to safeguard is future

First 737 MAX delivery since grounding revealed

Breaking a 20-month hiatus, Boeing handed over its maiden MAX since the type’s grounding

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Which airlines are still using the Airbus A340?

Following last week’s news that SAS completed its accelerated retirement programme for its A340 fleet, Key.Aero investigates how many airlines continue to operate the quadjet

Emirates takes delivery of first A380 in 12 months

The Middle Eastern carrier has accepted its 116th superjumbo after a year of no deliveries

Chuck Yeager, 1923 – 2020

The pioneering US test pilot, the first person to break the sound barrier, has died aged 97.

USAF to field interim solution for KC-46 RVS

US Air Force Materiel Command revealed on December 2 that it will field an interim solution for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet’s troubled Remote Vision System (RVS) from 2021

UK receives first remanufactured AH-64E attack helicopters

The British Army Air Corps accepted its first two Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, on November 26 – after the aircraft were remanufactured from the UK’s current WAH-64D-standard

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ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY RE8

Bomb-toting Daimler-built RE8 B5106...

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Witness to ‘Winkle’

‘Winkle' Brown and the first jet carrier landing

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Aeroplane meets Addison Pemberton

Historic aircraft have truly become a way of life...

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FlightLine

CommentRecollections and reflections — a seasoned historian’s...

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Night Birds

WW2 History: P-70s in the Pacific

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Fly, little bird

WORKSHOPIn the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall,...

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When enemies became friends

In 1941, the then German Navy had nearly killed Eric Brown when it torpedoed HMS Audacity. Come 1958, things were very different...

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