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Sub. Lieut. Boas lifts Wessex “300” off the pad at Culdrose for a practice sortie. Feature Premium

Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

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Supersonic sweet spot

United States-based start-up Exosonic aims to have a Mach 1.8-capab le airliner in service by the mid-2030s. As projects aiming for similar continue to fold, Paul E Eden discovered the passion driving this firm’s ambitious high-speed plans as it streaks towards to its goal

Indonesia’s first C-130J-30 in production

After much speculation over the last couple of years, it has finally been confirmed that the Indonesian Air Force has ordered the C-130J Super Hercules

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DSEI 2021: BriteCloud set to begin flight trials with US F-16s

Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy is quickly progressing towards flight trials with Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the US Air National Guard

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DSEI 2021: Leonardo launches 'Team AW149 UK' to support NMH bid

Leonardo announced the launch of Team AW149 UK during the first day of the DSEI conference at the ExCeL London Centre in Newham, East London, on September 14

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The kamikaze pilot whose family sacrificed themselves for his career 

One of seven children, Hajime Fujii was a fiercely determined individual who reflected the Japanese ethos in World War Two. So shocking was his story that it remained a government held secret for decades… 

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Fatal Air India Express crash captain ‘did not respond’ to go-around call

The overrun, which led to the deaths of 19 passengers and two pilots, occurred during a repatriation flight

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 18

Episode 18 of The Air Warrior Podcast speaks with BAE Systems on its Tempest programme, intended to introduce a sixth-generation fighter for the Royal Air Force for the mid-2030s.

New Austrian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Kufstein-Langkampfen Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

The fuselage of the B-36 is almost completely circular in section. Points of interest include the radar scanner behind the steerable nosewheel unit, the offset bomb-aiming panel, and nose cannon. All "Aeroplane" photographs Feature Premium

10-engine US Bomber’s 1951 UK debut

The first arrival in the UK of the USAF’s gargantuan Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ 70 years ago, with the reporter suitably impressed

Breeze Airways’ first A220 breaks cover as airline increases order

The airline disclosed an order boost while unveiling a striking scheme for the type

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 60

Welcome to the 60th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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CH-53K recovers MH-60S in first fleet mission success

A Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter was used to successfully recover a damaged US Navy-operated MH-60S Knighthawk from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on September 5

£400m upgrade for RAF C-17As and Chinooks

The UK's Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6 helicopters are to be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF's C-17A Globemaster III fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade

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Quiz: Low-cost airline recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your low-cost airline recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

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The supersonic age?

Do the various supersonic commercial aircraft projects mean there is a new race in aviation? But how likely are the developers to succeed? Mark Broadbent explores the topic of truly high-speed flight and beyond

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Going nowhere fast

Work on one of the most promising civil supersonic projects – Aerion’s AS2 – recently came to a premature end. David Willis explains where it all went wrong

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9/11 remembered: How the four flights unfolded

The September 11 attacks of 2001 were an event that changed aviation forever. On the 20th anniversary, Key.Aero looks back at those fateful flights

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Mach-maker extraordinaire

Concorde courses through Katie John’s mind in words, images and memories in her six-decade history of the ”beautiful white bird” of supersonic flight

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RAF prepares to receive the Protector RG1

Throughout August and September, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B SkyGuardian has been performing demonstration operations from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, as part of the SkyGuardian to the UK 2021 programme

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Nuclear Defenders: An overview of the French Strategic Air Forces

The French Strategic Air Forces and Nuclear Naval Air Force have served as the backbone of the nation’s nuclear deterrence for more than half a century. We explore the evolution of France’s steadfast atomic protectors and how the capability will be advanced in the coming years.

Fuel can be jettisoned from the wing-tip tanks instead of dropping the tanks. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Fleet Air Arm Sea Venom insights from 1954

An interesting report on the Royal Navy’s first Sea Venom squadron during its work-up at RNAS Yeovilton, as featured in the July 23, 1954 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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SIA A350 took off without clearance causing conflict at Barcelona

The widebody came within 2.8nm of an A320 which was landing on a crossing runway

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