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USAF selects new base locations for C-130J

The USAF announced on November 25 that it has selected four air bases as its preferred locations for basing future Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transports

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The woman who helped make the Hurricane

Meet Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ MacGill, the woman who battled sexism and polio in order to become an engineer, businesswoman… and the first female aviation engineer in the world

GA-ASI tests CODE autonomy engine on Avenger UAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on December 4 that it had recently flown an Avenger UAS, equipped with a government-supplied Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) autonomy engine

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A pilgrimage to the Pyrenees

The French town of Lourdes is renowned globally as a destination of religious pilgrimage. However, in the aviation industry, its airport is synonymous with aircraft storage and scrap. In the second instalment of this series, Sebastian Thoma provides a remarkable snapshot of Tarbes–Lourdes Airport from both the air and the ground

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Testing times

Gordon Smith catches up with Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana...

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AirForces Monthly January 2021

Welcome to AirForces Monthly January 2021

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The Brandenburg wait

Berlin’s brand new, multi-billion-euro Brandenburg airport is finally handling flights, but seemingly endless setbacks threatened the entire plan. Chris Croot examines the complex story of a project that ran nearly a decade late and €5bn over budget

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The ‘other’ low-cost airlines

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

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SET UP TO FAIL?

In its initial guise, the Trident was a world beater set to steal Boeing’s thunder and rob the US manufacturer of 727 sales. Sent back to the drawing board by British European Airways, the world’s first trijet airliner was deprived of performance and passengers making it a financial flop. Stephen Skinner details its development and early variants in the first of two instalments

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No time Toulouse: The rapid rise of Airbus

Half a century since the Airbus consortium was founded in December...

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Picking up the pieces

The domestic aviation market in the UK experienced seismic shocks in 2020. Tom Batchelor reviews the events of the last 12 months and speaks to executives of the country’s major airlines to find out how they weathered the storm created by the collapse of Flybe and the COVID-19 pandemic

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Polynesian propliners

Commercial aviation has been a difficult nut to crack in Tonga since the first domestic flights took off in 1972. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South Pacific kingdom and the brief period when Chathams Pacific connected the island nation with Convair classics

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The Baron’s 2021 predictions

We’ve enlisted our good friend Baron Felix von Tempelhof to highlight some topics to keep on your radar for the year ahead…

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Aviation transformations

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

Nigeria accepts second Mi-171E helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force accepted its second and final Mil Mi-171E heavy-lift tactical transport helicopter at NAF Base Makurdi – located in the nation’s Benue State – on December 2

Sankt Johann Airport Released

Gaya Simulations has announced LOIJ Sankt Johann Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out.

Historic Aviation Quiz

It's the second historic quiz of December!

146 Professional Updated

Just Flight has released version 1.4 of the 146 Professional for Prepar3D.

Russia receives final batch of Su-34 fighter-bombers

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) revealed on December 2 that its subsidiary, Sukhoi, had delivered its final batch of Su-34 fighter-bombers to Russia, completing a long-term contract with the nation’s defence ministry

Norwegian begins “reorganisation process” in Norway

The troubled airline makes another legal move in an attempt to safeguard is future

First 737 MAX delivery since grounding revealed

Breaking a 20-month hiatus, Boeing handed over its maiden MAX since the type’s grounding

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Which airlines are still using the Airbus A340?

Following last week’s news that SAS completed its accelerated retirement programme for its A340 fleet, Key.Aero investigates how many airlines continue to operate the quadjet

Emirates takes delivery of first A380 in 12 months

The Middle Eastern carrier has accepted its 116th superjumbo after a year of no deliveries

Chuck Yeager, 1923 – 2020

The pioneering US test pilot, the first person to break the sound barrier, has died aged 97.

USAF to field interim solution for KC-46 RVS

US Air Force Materiel Command revealed on December 2 that it will field an interim solution for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet’s troubled Remote Vision System (RVS) from 2021

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