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The couple who spent eight years restoring a Nimrod simulator, part 2!

With one of only two Nimrod simulators ever built in their possession, the hunt was now on for Sarah Thorpe and Geremy Britton to find parts. It took years…

Belgium resumes F-16 operations after engine woes

The Belgian Air Component has gradually resumed the operation of its F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet, after it was grounded earlier this month due to the discovery of a defect with the multi-role fighter’s powerplant

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Your definitive guide to the UK's radical new defence review

Following a decade of defence cuts, the Integrated Review promised to set out the UK government’s vision of a “Global Britain”, while outlining future defence spending and the posture of the nation’s armed forces through 2030. But what radical changes will this involve? Key.Aero investigates…

Aer Lingus to launch transatlantic services from Manchester

The operator hopes to create more than 100 jobs at the airport and will begin services this July

Indonesian Army receives third Bell 412EPi

Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has recently completed the delivery of the first three new Bell 412EPis to the Indonesian Army’s aviation command as part of an order for nine examples of the utility helicopter

First F-16 arrives at Greenville for depot sustainment program

Lockheed Martin has received its first F-16 from the US Air Force as part of a US$900m indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract the company received in December 2020 to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for the type

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Here's this week's historic aviation quiz - it's a toughie!

Vietnam orders 12 L-39NGs

The Ministry of Defence of Vietnam has signed a contract with Czech Republic-based Omnipol for the supply of 12 Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainers, which will be employed by the Vietnam People’s Air Force

USAF discloses recent RQ-170 deployment

Rather surprisingly, the USAF's Air Combat Command has officially disclosed its deployment of Lockheed Martin's stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned air vehicle during the last six months

Remembering the first flight of the F-10 Skyknight

It would never be as famous as the F-86 Sabre, but it will always be the only Korean War jet fighter that also flew in Vietnam. This is the Douglas F-10 Skyknight...

The REAL reason Wizz Air set up a UK subsidiary

The Hungarian low-cost carrier has been operating in Britain since 2004, but in 2017 it made its move to set up a Luton-based subsidiary. Speaking to Key.Aero, Owain Jones – the firm’s managing director – explains why and how the UK division came about

France orders TBM940s to replace ageing TBM700s

The French armaments directorate has ordered four six-seat Daher Aerospace TMB940 single-engine turboprops to gradually replace its three-strong fleet of TBM700As, which entered service almost 30 years ago

Aerosoft Launches Home Cockpit Contest 2021

Aerosoft’s Home Cockpit Contest allows you to showcase your cockpit to other flight simmers and share new ideas and suggestions or get valuable tips from other virtual pilots. You also have the chance to win a €500 Aerosoft voucher.

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Combat Aircraft Journal May 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 35

Welcome to the 35th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Additional AH-64Es delivered to the Army Air Corps

A further two Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters have been delivered to the Army Air Corps, having arrived in the UK on March 11

Last passenger Boeing 747-400 built retired

The final passenger -400 example ever to be produced by the American aircraft manufacturer has been withdrawn from use

Brooklands Museum is the star of its own television series

A brand new UKTV Original Series dedicated to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, is due to hit screens on Tuesday 30th March on Yesterday channel...

Jungle paint scheme for Nigerian A-29B

Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense & Security have released images of a newly-built Nigerian Air Force (NAF) A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which is sporting a new jungle paint scheme

Georgia’s first refurbished Su-25UB takes flight

The Georgian Armed Forces-Aviation and Air Defence Command is beginning to refurbish, upgrade and return its Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack/close air support (CAS) fleet to service after being grounded for several years

Final Sayonara for Japanese Phantoms

After retiring the last operational F-4EJ Phantoms from service, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has now also completed the withdrawal of the remaining examples of the type

Two more CV-22Bs for AFSOC

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of two additional CV-22B Ospreys to US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

Quiz: How well do you know the Boeing 747-8?

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747-8I. To celebrate the occasion, this week's quiz focuses entirely on the latest generation of the iconic jumbo.

First two Dhruv Mk IIIs delivered to Indian Coast Guard

An additional two Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) have been officially delivered to the Indian Coast Guard

Germany receives final SAR-configured H145

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and final H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)

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