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The fuselage of the B-36 is almost completely circular in section. Points of interest include the radar scanner behind the steerable nosewheel unit, the offset bomb-aiming panel, and nose cannon. All "Aeroplane" photographs Feature Premium

10-engine US Bomber’s 1951 UK debut

The first arrival in the UK of the USAF’s gargantuan Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ 70 years ago, with the reporter suitably impressed

Breeze Airways’ first A220 breaks cover as airline increases order

The airline disclosed an order boost while unveiling a striking scheme for the type

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 60

Welcome to the 60th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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CH-53K recovers MH-60S in first fleet mission success

A Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter was used to successfully recover a damaged US Navy-operated MH-60S Knighthawk from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on September 5

£400m upgrade for RAF C-17As and Chinooks

The UK's Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6 helicopters are to be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF's C-17A Globemaster III fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade

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Quiz: Low-cost airline recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your low-cost airline recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

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The supersonic age?

Do the various supersonic commercial aircraft projects mean there is a new race in aviation? But how likely are the developers to succeed? Mark Broadbent explores the topic of truly high-speed flight and beyond

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Going nowhere fast

Work on one of the most promising civil supersonic projects – Aerion’s AS2 – recently came to a premature end. David Willis explains where it all went wrong

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9/11 remembered: How the four flights unfolded

The September 11 attacks of 2001 were an event that changed aviation forever. On the 20th anniversary, Key.Aero looks back at those fateful flights

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Mach-maker extraordinaire

Concorde courses through Katie John’s mind in words, images and memories in her six-decade history of the ”beautiful white bird” of supersonic flight

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RAF prepares to receive the Protector RG1

Throughout August and September, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B SkyGuardian has been performing demonstration operations from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, as part of the SkyGuardian to the UK 2021 programme

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Nuclear Defenders: An overview of the French Strategic Air Forces

The French Strategic Air Forces and Nuclear Naval Air Force have served as the backbone of the nation’s nuclear deterrence for more than half a century. We explore the evolution of France’s steadfast atomic protectors and how the capability will be advanced in the coming years.

Fuel can be jettisoned from the wing-tip tanks instead of dropping the tanks. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Fleet Air Arm Sea Venom insights from 1954

An interesting report on the Royal Navy’s first Sea Venom squadron during its work-up at RNAS Yeovilton, as featured in the July 23, 1954 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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SIA A350 took off without clearance causing conflict at Barcelona

The widebody came within 2.8nm of an A320 which was landing on a crossing runway

India approves purchase of 56 C295MWs

The Indian Air Force’s airlifting capabilities are set to be boosted after the nation’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C295MW medium-lift tactical transports from Airbus Defence and Space on September 8

Zadar Airport Released

Orbx has announced LDZD Zadar Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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IN-DEPTH: A look at Russia's enhanced Sukhoi Su-30SM2

The Su-30SM is now well established in Russian service while also enjoying mild export demand. An enhanced derivative, dubbed Su-30SM2 and currently in development, is primarily aimed at meeting the Russian Naval Aviation requirements, as we report

FlyPast Podcast Episode 38

For this episode we're talking to Luke Slaney-Hewitt, Researcher for Airfix / Hornby Hobbies Limited, about model making and their full-size Hawker Hunter restoration project...

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How is aviation seeking to clean up?

Aviation will come under scrutiny during the upcoming COP26 climate summit, but will the meeting carry any weight? How is aviation seeking to clean up? Mark Broadbent reports

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EasyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz Air

The offer was disclosed as the carrier looks to raise £1.2 billion in a rights issue to bounce back from the pandemic

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Ghanaian Mi-171Sh in ground tests with LOM Praha

LOM Praha Helicopters at Prague-Kbely Airport in Kbely, Czech Republic, is set to test-fly a Ghana Air Force-operated Mil Mi-171Sh, after it was seen conducting engine runs outside the company's hangar on September 9

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

New designation for Army Air Corps jungle support unit

The Army Air Corps' Brunei-based No 7 Flight - which operates the Bell 212 AH1/AH3 - has been re-designated as No 667 Squadron

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After BA retirements there are now just TWO British Boeing 747s

The pair of jumbos are the last remaining examples on the UK register after the flag carrier retired its fleet last year

 

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