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Bell completes Bahraini AH-1Z programme
Bell Textron revealed on February 20 that it has completed the programme of record for Bahrain’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, adding that the last six examples are on schedule to arrive in the Kingdom later this year
How RAF Voyagers made NATO Eastern Flank patrols possible
RAF Typhoons have been a regular player in the combat air patrols over NATO’s Eastern Flank since February 24 last year, but without the RAF Voyager, the job would have been a lot more complicated, as Wg Cdr Mike Udall, Officer Commanding of 101 Sqn based at RAF Brize Norton, explains to Alan Warnes
US donates four helicopters to the Dominican Republic
The US has donated a further four utility helicopters to the Dominican Republic – comprising two Bell TH-67A Creeks for the Dominican Republic Army and a pair of Bell UH-1H Super Huey IIs for the Dominican Republic Air Force – with all four aircraft arriving in-country on February 14
Former US Army Black Hawk suddenly appears in Ukraine
Of all the rotorcraft that have been donated from Western allies to Ukraine as it continues to bare the brunt of invading Russian forces, it seems that the first US-built helicopter to be seen involved in the conflict – a UH-60A – has unexpectedly appeared in the service of the secretive Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine
Romanian MiG-21s scrambled to chase down ‘phantom’ object
A pair of Romanian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 LanceR B/C fighters were recently scrambled to intercept a small, unidentified aerial target that had been detected within national airspace at an altitude of approximately 36,000ft over southeast Romania
Jets replace turboprops after double Dash 8 retirement
Two airlines recently phased out of their turboprop fleet in favour of an all-jet roster
Mixed blessings: Asia Pacific airlines in a post-COVID world
Global aviation may be fighting its way back out of the COVID doldrums, but it’s not plain sailing in Asia Pacific
Air Astana posts record profits, declares 2022 its best year ever
Almaty-based Air Astana has declared 2022 its best year ever after posting a record profit of $78.2 million after tax.
Korean War: RAF Meteor pilot on Australian combat ops
How an RAF pilot ended up flying 105 combat missions for the Royal Australian Air Force during the Korean War
Meteor - the story of Britain's first jet-powered day-fighter
Britain’s premier first-generation jet-powered combat aircraft, the Gloster Meteor entered service in the latter stages of World War Two and operated well into the 1950s in a variety of frontline roles. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of the day-fighter Meteors
BBMF gears up for coronation
Lancaster and four fighters set for King Charles’s London flypast
Tampa for Microsoft Flight Simulator released
Scenery developer, Verticalsim has announced KTPA – Tampa International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.
The ultimate flight simulation experience
For many aviation enthusiasts, the term ‘flight simulator’ conjures up images of desktop PCs and joysticks but this virtual pastime is now being taken to the next level, as Airliner World’s Craig West discovered.
DC Designs’ AV-8B Harrier II review
In this review, we take DC Designs' rendition of the AV-8B Harrier for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.