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ANALYSIS: Russia's military escalation at the Ukrainian border

As Russian troops amassed at the Ukrainian border earlier this year, the question of whether an invasion was imminent was left hanging in the air. We explain how the situation unfolded

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ANALYSIS: The current structure of the Brazilian Air Force

As the Brazilian Air Force celebrates its 80th anniversary, we provide an in-depth overview, detailing the structure of South America's largest air arm

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Exercise Iniochos 21: The 'Greek Red Flag'

We report on Exercise Iniochos 2021 –a series of multinational wargames hosted by the Hellenic Air Force over Kalamata and the Mediterranean Sea, which serve as the Greek equivalent to the US-led Red Flag exercises

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USAF conducts large-scale fighter drills in Poland

As Russian troops were massing on Ukraine borders, joint USAF and Polish Air Force drills were taking place in Baltic airspace, as we report

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Saab ponders used fighter market in wake of Croatia decision

With Croatia recently opting for used Rafale F3-R’s in its fighter replacement programme, Saab officials have highlighted the difficulty in competing against second-hand offers

Italian MQ-9A fleet to receive mid-life update

The Italian Air Force has partnered with the US government and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to provide a mid-life update for its fleet of MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft and associated ground control stations

USAF releases report into C-130H3 accident in Iraq

An executive summary of the US Air Force Accident Investigation Board report into the accident involving a C-130H3 Hercules at Al Taji Army Airfield, Iraq, on June 8, 2020, has been released by Air Mobility Command

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US Army's 1st CAB returns to Europe

The US Army's 1st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) is on its second deployment to Europe for Operation Atlantic Resolve. We report on the arrival of more than 80 helicopters to the continent

USMC completes first Link 16-configured AH-1Z flight

The USMC has successfully completed the first flight of a Bell AH-1Z Viper configured with Link 16 hardware and software, demonstrating a two-way connection capability between the attack helicopter and a ground station

Honeycomb Airbus Throttle Pack Update

The Honeycomb Aeronautical Throttle Pack for the Airbus A319 - A380 is now available on Aerosoft’s online shop.

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The rise and fall of Trans Mediterranean Airways

Lebanon’s pioneering Trans Mediterranean Airways was one of the Middle East’s biggest success stories, until years of conflict took its toll. Barry Lloyd tells the inside story of its meteoric rise and tragic fall

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Y viva España: Madrid Airport in the 1960s

Javier Rodríguez presents photographs from Pablo Peraita of operations at Madrid-Barajas Airport between 1965-1969

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Supersonic fast track

Will commercial supersonic air travel ever return to our skies? Start-up Boom Supersonic thinks so. Mark Broadbent profiles its ambitions to slash global flight times onboard the fastest-ever airliner

Stampe Formation Team talk favourite manoeuvres

We speak to one part of the incredible line-up at Midlands Air Festival over the weekend, the Stampe Formation Team.

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The story of how airliner jet engines evolved

The turbine powerplants for the commercial airliners of today are worlds apart from those of the 1950s. But what has changed since the start of the Jet Age? Key.Aero recounts the main milestones of jetliner propulsion to explain how we got to where we are

New Hawaiian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrapearl Studios has released Molokai Airport Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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CSG21: Task force integrates with allies in the Mediterranean

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have integrated with allies for exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, during which the aircraft carrier’s embarked F-35B Lightning IIs conducted operations with French Fleet Air Arm-operated Rafale Ms

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 4

While defence procurement enjoyed a bumper week, Modern Military Group Editor Alan Warnes speaks with Aero Vodochody on its L-39NG military jet trainer to learn more about the latest developments from the programmes and potential new markets for the aircraft

RAF Chinooks record 3,000 flight hours in Mali operations

Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6/HC6A heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters assigned to the RAF’s No 1310 Flight have recorded 3,000 flight hours in support of the French-led Operation Barkhane in Mali

Watch behind the scenes at the Midlands Air Festival

We talk to Trevor Graham, the organiser of Midlands Air Festival, as he reveals the key to putting on a great show around the Covid roadmap

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Behind the Scenes of a Vickers Vanguard Demo Tour

In the April 8, 1960 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics the magazine reported on a demonstration tour to the West Indies by a Vickers Vanguard.

JetBlue inaugurates maiden A321neo Mint service

Ahead of its transatlantic debut later this year, the US carrier rolled out its new premium cabin on domestic services for the first time

EA-7 Edgley Optica Ready for Take-Off

Orbx has announced the EA-7 Edgley Optica is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 46

Welcome to the 46th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Kyrgyz Air Force Mi-8MT crashes near Kichi-Alai

A Mil Mi-8MT belonging to the Kyrgyz Air Force crashed near Kichi-Alai in the Nookat district of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region on June 4

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