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Robins AFB set to host USAF E-11A BACN unit

The USAF has announced plans to establish a Bombardier E-11A BACN squadron at Robins AFB, Georgia, which would serve under the 319th Reconnaissance Wing as a geographically separated unit

Ryanair to hire 2,000 pilots over the next three years

New recruits will be trained throughout this year in time for the 2022 summer season

USAF unveils another special schemed A-10C

A USAF-operated Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II from the Indiana ANG’s 122nd FW has been painted in a distinctive, non-standard black and grey colour scheme to commemorate 100 years of aviation in the Indiana ANG

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Inside the 2021 edition of Russia's Aviadarts competition

We report on the latest edition of Aviadarts – the well-established and strongly contested Russian Aerospace Forces combat employment competition

US Coast Guard orders more MH-60T Jayhawks

An additional five MH-60T Jayhawk fuselage hulls have been ordered from Sikorsky by the US Coast Guard to support the ongoing service life extension of its existing fleet of 45 aircraft

Heavily damaged Iraqi Mi-171 moved at Al Asad

A heavily damaged Mil Mi-171 (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) tactical transport helicopter belonging to the Iraqi Army Air Corps (IqAAC) was moved by US personnel at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq’s Anbar province on July 7

Airbus A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Incoming

Fenix Simulations has announced a high-fidelity Airbus A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is in development.

Quiz: How well do you know your Chinese airlines?

This quiz will test your knowledge of Chinese airlines. Do you know your China Eastern from your China Southern? Find out how well you really know the world's most populous country's carriers

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Cream of the crop in Cornwall

Despite heightened security, night arrivals and poor weather in Cornwall there was still the chance to witness some of the world’s rarest aeroplanes, as a plethora of types carrying the leaders of the democratic world descended on the southwest of England for the G7 summit

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 9

In Episode 9 of the Air Warrior Podcast we bring you all the latest news from the military aerospace sector and Richard Thomas is in conversation with Leonardo on its AW149 platform.

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Aviation News August 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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AirForces Monthly August 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Revealing Report of WW2 RAF Bomber Crew Training

A fascinating account of the ingenious techniques used to train each crewmember on Blenheims from the July 11, 1941 edition of The Aeroplane

Embraer reveals mystery customer who ordered 30 E195-E2s

The Brazilian airframer has revealed the buyer and additional details of the large order which was first announced in May

64 years of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

On Sunday, the renowned historic display group celebrated its birthday. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite images to celebrate the milestone

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USAF plans to divest oldest A-10Cs and relocate Nellis-based units

The USAF has revealed plans to relocate its close air support and rescue missions from Nellis AFB, Nevada, to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, at the expense of the 42 oldest examples of its Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet

PICTURES: Ditched Hawaii Boeing 737 on sea floor

While investigations continue into the crash, the NTSB has released a series of images showing the downed aircraft

BIG LANCASTER RESTORATION NEWS!

The Lincolnshire Aviation Centre has released the following statement highlighting a plan to return Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane' to flight

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British Army retires final Defender, Islander aircraft

Army Air Corps operations with the Britten-Norman Defender and Islander have finally ended following the departure of the last aircraft from 5 Regiment’s No 651 Squadron at Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove (Belfast International Airport) in Northern Ireland

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 51

Welcome to the 51st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Huey II crashes in the Dominican Republic

A Dominican Republic Air Force-operated Bell UH-1H-II Huey II utility helicopter crashed in Jimaní – the capital of the nation’s Independencia Province – on July 7

WATCH: Working with the man behind The Battle of Britain’s aircraft

Ex-RAF pilot Hamish Mahaddie was the man whose job it was to get the aeroplanes together for The Battle of Britain. One of the film’s pilots, John Preece, and Spitfire historian Peter Arnold discuss their memories of him

WATCH: “How I became a pilot in the Battle of Britain film”

John Preece spent the summer of 1968 filming in one of the most iconic historic aviation movies ever made. Here’s how he got into it…

WATCH: How they really filmed the Battle of Britain dogfight scenes

It’s probably the most famous footage from the best-known historic aviation movie of all time – but as pilot John Preece explains, it took a few goes to get right…

RNLAF ceases F-16 operations from Leeuwarden

After 42 years, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has ended Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighter operations from Leeuwarden Air Base in Friesland

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