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Snapshot: AvGreek Adventure

With travel restrictions preventing Peter Apsey from taking a well-earned break in the Ionian sunshine, the photographer has instead ventured into his picture archive and dusted off some images from a trip to Corfu in September 2019

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In good company

US industry stalwart Lysa Scully joined Ferrovial Airports in January. She tells Tara Craig about the role, her ambitions and her thoughts on the wider airports sector in the light of COVID-19

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From isolated to integrated

Surrounded by the vast South Atlantic, St Helena boasts one of the planet's most unusual airports. What did it take to connect this small island to the world by air? Andreas Spaeth paid a visit

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Snapshot: Postcard perfection from the Philippines

Regular contributor Ron Mak takes us on a tour around the islands of the Philippines between 2006-2008, from where a vibrant mix of old, new and rare aircraft plied their trade

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Inside New Orleans International Airport's former terminal

New Orleans may have shuttered the terminal that connected it to the world for six decades, but the old Louis Armstrong International is still standing. Chris Sloan pays a final nostalgic visit to the gateway

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When President Biden came to Heathrow

Ady Dolan, air traffic controller at London/Heathrow shares his experience of preparing for a very special visitor

Qatar's first F-15QA officially rolled out

A formal roll-out ceremony for the Qatar Emiri Air Force's first F-15QA was held at Boeing’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, on August 25

Historic Aviation Quiz

It's the last quiz of the month and you know what that means... it's a real head scratcher!

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Secretive F-117As spotted near Nellis during Red Flag 21-3

Earlier this month, four USAF-operated Lockheed F-117A Nighthawks were observed flying missions over northern Rachel, Nevada, during the final days of Exercise Red Flag 21-3, which was held 139 miles away at Nellis AFB, near Las Vegas

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ANALYSIS: USAF F-15E shoots down Iranian drone over Syria

When an Iranian drone approached US special forces operating in Syria in late August, a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing was scrambled to shoot it down. We delve into the shootdown and the Iranian drone problem

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IN-DEPTH: Iran's recently upgraded AH-1J Cobra fleet

Operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran's small Bell AH-1J fleet has seen a fair share of indigenous modernization in recent years, as we explain

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Russia signs contract for first upgraded Ka-52Ms

Russian Helicopters announced on August 24 that it had signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence to supply the first modernised Ka-52M attack helicopters

Gatwick reveals Northern Runway plans

Bringing its existing Northern Runway into routine use will create more than 18,000 jobs and secure the airport’s future, says the London hub

On the O.R.P. at Horsham St. Faith, Javelins of Nos. 141 and 23 Squadrons are positioned and plugged-in to the telebrief for the next scramble. Feature Premium

Revealing 1950s Fighter Command Exercise Report

A fascinating article on a 1957 UK air defence exercise which focused on countering a massed attack on the first day of a conflict from The Aeroplane’s June 7 issue

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Combat Aircraft Journal October 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Final MC-130H completes PDM process

The last USAF MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft to receive programmed depot maintenance (PDM) at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins AFB, Georgia, has been completed

French Reaper launches GBU-12 for the first time in Niger

The French Air and Space Force announced on August 24 that it has for the first time launched a GBU-12 laser-guided munition from an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 during an operational mission

“I thought it was a glitch”: A330 captain recounts Atlantic dual engine failure

In an exclusive interview with Key.Aero, the commander of Air Transat Flight 236 recounts the incredible story of his dual engine failure over the Atlantic Ocean and 75-mile-long glide to a successful landing in the Azores

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Deadly Raptor: An overview of past and present USAF F-22A ops

A trailblazer from the outset, the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor has maintained its reputation as the world’s most capable air superiority fighter. We explore its entry into service through to current operations

USAF C-17A kicks off latest season of Op Deep Freeze

The 2021-2022 season of Operation Deep Freeze officially began after a USAF-operated Boeing C-17A Globemaster III completed the first winter fly-in (or ‘WinFly’) mission to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, earlier this month

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Brazilian KC-390 delivers aid to Haiti following deadly earthquake

A Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker-transport has delivered humanitarian aid to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the Caribbean nation was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 15

We take a look at the fallout from the ongoing airlift operation in Afghanistan with Dr Tom Copeland, Professor of Politics at the Colorado Christian University, for his take on the continued mission and its consequences for US policy

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USAF releases accident report into T-38A mishap in Sacramento

The USAF has released an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the mishap at Sacramento Mather Airport, California, on February 18, 2021, which involved a T-38A Talon from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, California

Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced NA Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a download.

Tutor for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

IRIS Simulations has announced the Tutor T.1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

 

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