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Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

An interesting snapshot, from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was ramping up aircrew throughput to populate the growing Tornado GR.1 force

First Kadena-based Pave Hawk retired

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, has bid farewell to its first Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk utility helicopter after it was recently retired from operational USAF service

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MQ-25A refuels US Navy E-2D for the first time

The US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation programme completed its first aerial refuelling flight with an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on August 18 during a sortie from MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois

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INSIGHT: A new age for French Mirage 2000 training operations

Mirage 2000 pilot training is entering a new phase in its French Air and Space Force history, as we report

French transports sent to Kabul to support mass withdrawal effort

With the ongoing deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has sent airlift assets from the French Air and Space Force to support evacuation efforts

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ANALYSIS: Russia's deadly Kinzhal missile

First presented to the Russian parliament by President Putin himself, the Kinzhal missile is a formidable asset. We delve into the background of this highly effective weapon, following its recent deployment to Syria for a Russian military anti-shipping exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

Italy pushes forward with Afghanistan evacuations

The Italian Air Force continues to send its airlift assets to Kabul, Afghanistan, as coalition forces push ahead with the evacuation of civil/military personnel, former Afghan collaborators and their families from the nation

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How many airlines did we gain and lose in 2020?

In part two of our special Global Airline Report 2021, we analyse the data to find out how many airlines were set up and how many departed last year

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Simon’s Sircus: The Navy’s Sea Vixen display team

Founded by 892 Naval Air Squadron, Simon’s Sircus was one of many legendary jet display teams to grace British airshows during the 1960s

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FlyByWire Simulations' A32NX

We review A32NX by FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an
improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit – The new shell and more

Joe Lavery shows how his cockpit enclosure evolved from a shell, with a few panels, into a realistic 737 cockpit.

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery, Part 2

In this instalment, Joe Lavery looks at 3D design applications used to create bespoke buildings and objects that look more authentic than using inbuilt assets provided by Asobo Studio.

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Tigers burn bright

Recreating a spectacle that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s,...

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‘Landor scope and glory’

Former British Airways Boeing 747 G-BNLY welcomed passengers on board again during its debut Landor Experience Day. Aviation News editor Jamie Ewan was there

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80 minutes that changed aviation

Twenty years ago civilian aircraft became weapons of terror. It was unprecedented. Aviation News examines the ongoing effects of 9/11 and looks back at those fateful flights

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Back in business!

Planes, people and projects came alive as The Aviation Society’s Memorabilia Fair made a triumphant return beneath the wings of Concorde. Carol Randall reports

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FlyPast October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Proliferation of the Poseidon

The P-8A Poseidon could become the dominant maritime patrol aircraft among NATO and key allied states; commonality bringing benefits to sustainment and interoperability. But will a lack of competition and variety hinder effectiveness, asks Nigel Pittaway

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge with ten fiendishly tricky questions!

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Secret Guardians: French SOF operations in North Africa

We reveal some of the vital work being undertaken by the French Special Ops helicopters that are operating covertly in the Sahel region of North Africa

Belgium sends multiple airlift assets to assist Kabul evacuations

Due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, the Belgian government approved evacuation operations from Kabul International Airport by Belgian defence air assets

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian Su-24 over the Black Sea

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s assigned to the RAF’s 121 Expeditionary Air Wing were scrambled to intercept an unidentified Russian fighter in international airspace over the Black Sea on August 17

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Ilyushin Il-112V prototype destroyed in fatal crash

The first prototype of the new Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport aircraft was destroyed in a fatal accident on August 17, killing all three crew members

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The World’s Biggest Transport Aircraft…in 1957

The Aeroplane, in its June 21, 1957 issue, reported on the progress of the massive Douglas C-133A being manufactured for the US Air Force

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Black Box Simulations' Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

We review Black Box Simulations' second general aviation aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Britten- Norman BN-2 Islander.

 

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