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BREAKING NEWS: RAF COSFORD AIR SHOW 2021

The RAF Cosford Air Show team have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 guidance and, after much consideration, have taken the very difficult decision not to hold an Air Show event over the weekend of the 11th and 12th September 2021

GA-ASI rolls out first MQ-9A Reaper for the RNLAF

During a ceremony at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems production facility in Poway, California, on July 7; the first MQ-9A Reaper UAV for the Royal Netherlands Air Force – serial M-001 – was formally unveiled

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge in this week's historic quiz!

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AT-6E Wolverine: The USAF's natural choice?

We speak to Brett Pierson, the vice president of Defense Sales and Strategy at Textron Aviation Defense, to discover why the AT-6E Wolverine is the USAF’s natural choice for light attack

USMC starts divesting RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

As part of the radical re-organisation of the USMC under the Force Design 2030 programme, the service has retired its first two Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

FFL Flight Training Receives Qualification for A322 FNPT II MCC Device

FFL Flight Training has acquired an A322 FNPT II MCC simulator from the German-based manufacturer Aerotask to support their increased demand for jet transition, familiarisation and ATPL training.

Etendard IVP, No. 07 of the production batch is being used for flight trials of the Douglas “Buddy pack” in-flight refuelling system. Feature Premium

Inside Dassault’s Fighter Factory in 1962

A snapshot of Dassault’s fighter production lines and details of a supersonic VTOL Mirage from the pages of The Aeroplane and Astronautics issue of February 8, 1962

Sri Lankan Kfirs in flight 02-09 [Alan Warnes] News Premium

IAI to upgrade Sri Lanka’s dormant Kfir fleet

Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a contract – worth US$50m – with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence to locally upgrade the avionics systems of the nation’s fleet of IAI Kfir multi-role fighters

USAF releases new artist’s rendering of B-21 Raider

A new graphic showing an artist’s concept of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider was released by the USAF on July 6

Aerosoft Sandnessjøen-Stokka Airport Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Sandnessjøen-Stokka Airport in northern Norway is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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RAF marks 50 years of Puma ops with national flypast

The RAF has marked the 50th anniversary of its Westland Puma medium-lift tactical transport helicopter fleet by conducting a nationwide flypast, involving ten examples of the type, on July 7

Virgin and Delta to return to Heathrow’s T3

Additional airlines will return to the facility over a phased period

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Germany orders five P-8A Poseidons

The German Federal Ministry of Defence signed a letter of offer and acceptance on June 30 for the purchase of five Boeing P-8A Poseidons through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales programme

Much like the bird of prey in the foreground, the Boeing 757 approaches Toncontín with leading edge slats and flaps extended as it swoops down the hillside on short final. Feature Premium

Challenging Airports - Toncontín International Airport (MHTG)

A flight that combines all of the normal challenges with high elevation, mountains and a short runway is guaranteed to pique the interest of those of us who enjoy a challenge. Such a place exists in the mountainous interior of Honduras, Toncontín International Airport.

ICAO Codes

An ICAO code is a four-character alphanumeric sequence used to identify airports around the world and is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

Britain’s youngest PPL holder shows you round a Piper L4 Cub

Ellie Carter became Britain's youngest PPL holder just hours into her 17th birthday. Here, she gives us a whistlestop tour of the aircraft she flies - a Piper L-4 Cub

10 facts about the F-4 Phantom II 

The Royal Air Force retired their final F-4 Phantom II on July 6, 1992. The United States followed in 1996, although they still had their uses for the jet… 

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Marshall returns first overhauled KC-130J to USMC

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has completed and redelivered the first USMC Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tactical tanker-transport to undergo a planned maintenance interval at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Cambridge, UK

USAF approves F-22 FTU relocation to Langley-Eustis

The USAF has signed a Record of Decision, approving plans for the service’s Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor Formal Training Unit to be relocated to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, from Tyndall AFB, Florida

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 8

In Episode 8 of the Air Warrior Podcast aerospace news highlights include F-35A and P-8A selections, a drop in UK military fixed-wing routine flight hours and insight into Russia's activities in the Black and Mediterranean Seas

BREAKING: Passenger An-26 "crashes into the sea” in Russia

The twin turboprop airliner was operating a 413-mile domestic flight in the region

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How Italy's Neos adapted to survive the pandemic

Italy’s second-largest airline overhauled its business model to survive the pandemic. Matteo Legnani caught up with Carlo Stradiotti, CEO of Neos, to learn more

Flying by the numbers

Many would assume the ‘V’ in V-speeds is derived from ‘velocity’ but the term is actually from the French word ‘vitesse’ French for ‘speed’.

The Avro York: an Unsung Hero 

Its design was derived from the much-loved Lancaster bomber and it became the hero of the Berlin airlift, even serving as Winston Churchill’s personal transport. The Avro York first flew on July 5, 1942 

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Unearthed: Rare bombing training flight in a Victor

Climb aboard a Victor with John Fricker for a bombing training sortie from the April 8, 1960 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics.

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