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Israel to Turkey flight aborted as passengers receive crashed aircraft images

A Turkish AnadoluJet Boeing 737 take-off from Israel was aborted after passengers received disturbing crashed aircraft pictures on their mobile phones

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Could Wizz Air enter the Saudi Arabian market?

Low-cost giant Wizz Air has noted “potential expansion” into Saudi Arabia.

Great Britain North for MSFS Now Available

Orbx has released EU Great Britain North, the second landmark region pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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First AN/TPY-4 air defence radar completes production

The first AN/TPY-4 long-range air defence radar has completed production, manufacturer Lockheed Martin has announced

Etihad Airbus A350-1000 video tour

More than a decade after its initial order, Etihad has finally welcomed the Airbus A350-1000 to its long-haul fleet. Don't miss this special video preview of the new flagship!

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How a war veteran FG-1D Corsair was restored

The restoration of an FG-1D Corsair for the Warbird Heritage Foundation recalls not the type’s combat career, but its role in training new US Navy carrier pilots. David Leininger reports

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How the US Navy is changing its approach to 'Red Air' operations

Air Forces Monthly explains the US Navy adversary “Red Air” mission as it alters its priorities, even though its aircraft mix and capacity are in a significant reset

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Humble beginnings: Rise of the quadcopter

Amid guided this and high-tech that, might the humble quadcopter be the real force multiplier on the battlefield?

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Fate of the Canadair Argonaut once used in the 1952 royal trip to Kenya

Princess Elizabeth’s 1952 visit to Kenya has received increased attention as Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. Martin Needham discovers what became of the Canadair Argonaut used for the royal trip

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Private sector satellite services “game changer” for Ukraine

The provision of satellite imaging capabilities to Ukraine has significantly aided the country in shaping the strategic military response to Russia’s February 24 invasion, according to a former chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine

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The MBDA missiles set to make the F-35 and Rafale even deadlier

Hard-hitting missiles are being developed by MBDA to make the F-35 and Rafale much deadlier in the battlespace, following the types’ upgrades later this decade

Australia to acquire AH-64Es and expand its MH-60R fleet

The Australian government announced on May 9 that it will proceed with the purchase of 29 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardians and expand its fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters by 13

PMDG Releases the Boeing 737-700

PMDG has announced the highly anticipated 737-700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

F-15C arrival alleviates training burden on Seymour Johnson F-15Es

The USAF’s 4th FW – based at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina – has received a single F-15C Eagle from Nellis AFB, Nevada, to help alleviate the training burden on its fleet of F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighters

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Stunning colour airliners from Heathrow’s golden age

Visits to the operational areas of London Airport allowed Ian James to capture some beautiful commercial classics of the late ’50s and early ’60s

Embraer signs up E190F launch customer

A lessor has agreed to 10 E190/E195 P2F conversions

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Bristol Brabazon: Britain's biggest aircraft flop

Mighty statistics punctuate every twist and turn of the Bristol Brabazon story but, as Stephen Skinner recounts, the aircraft never quite measured up to its commercial rivals

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Legendary ace Robin Olds in Vietnam

“The most courageous leader I ever knew”: What were the qualities that caused a Vietnam War comrade of the late Brig Gen Robin Olds to say that of his former commander? The success of Operation ‘Bolo’, the momentous aerial engagement between US Air Force F-4 Phantom IIs led by Olds and North Vietnamese MiG-21s on the second day of 1967, provides ample evidence

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Weather defeats Russia’s Victory Day flypast

A planned flypast of Russia’s combat air assets due to participate in Moscow’s Victory Day parade commemorations on May 9, held to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War, was cancelled at late notice

Cork for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

MK-Studios has announced EICK Cork Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 92

Welcome to the 92nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Precision timing: Exploring smart bomb technologies

The use of air-to-ground missiles is becoming increasingly difficult as trends in the proliferation of modern integrated air defence systems and layered defences present greater challenges for their successful deployment

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

Groundcrew tend to the sole completed Heston T1/37, L7706, at Heston aerodrome. It was a surprisingly bulky machine for an ab initio trainer, with a 42ft wingspan. ALL PHOTOS AEROPLANE Feature Premium

The wartime trainer nobody wanted

Not only did Heston’s T1/37 trainer look faintly outsized for its role, but the requirement to which it was built seems to have been taken less than seriously by the Air Ministry

Sir Miles Thomas (right) chats with Captain Alderson, under whose able eye all B.O.A.C.'s flight operational development work for the Comet has been done. Capt. Alderson is flanked by Capts. E. E. Rodley (left) and A. R. Majendie (right). Deputy Chairman Whitney Straight is on the left. Feature Premium

BOAC Chairman’s Comet insights

The Chairman of BOAC gave his view from the top on the first jetliner as the Comet entered commercial service in this article he penned for ‘The Aeroplane’s’ May 2, 1952 issue

 

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