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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 62

Welcome to the 62nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Flybe begins hiring flight crew, but there’s a catch

Defunct UK carrier Flybe has edged closer to a restart as it begins accepting applications for flight crew

USMC’s Harvest HAWK+ achieves full operational capability

US Naval Air Systems Command has revealed that the USMC’s Harvest HAWK+-configured Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules has achieved full operational capability

Quiz: Defunct African airlines

Can you identify these defunct African airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

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Combat Aircraft Journal November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn B-52H re-engining contract

Rolls-Royce has emerged as the winner of the competition to re-engine the USAF's 76-strong fleet of Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic heavy bombers, beating off competition from GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney

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Condor A320 forced to dodge helicopter AND mountain on departure

Investigators have concluded that failures by the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 and air traffic control caused the jet to experience a serious air proximity encounter and terrain alert

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's picture of the week was taken by Daniel Butcher

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100th ARW conducts ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment deployment to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from September 13-16

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Swissair - Goodbye Metropolitan, Hello DC-9

The arrival of the DC-9 with Swissair meant the days of its last propliner were numbered, although as revealed in the August 25, 1966 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ there were some unexpected complications...

52nd FW F-16s conclude ACE, WIC deployment in the Netherlands

Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and airmen from the USAF’s 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany have recently completed an agile combat employment (ACE) deployment to the Netherlands

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Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 maintenance picture

Figures from Lockheed Martin have revealed all three variants of the F-35 stealth fighter are ahead of the required mean time between system failure and maintenance hour per flight hour

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India finalises acquisition of 56 Airbus C295s

India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of HAL/BAe 748M Subroto aircraft, which are primarily referred to locally as the Avro, after the company which originally designed the type. The finalisation of the deal was announced by Airbus Defence and Space on September 24

FlyPast Podcast Episode 40

For this episode were joined by Andrew Panton of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre to talk about East Kirkby and Lancaster NK611 Just Jane...

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Behind-the-scenes on CSG21 with HMS Queen Elizabeth's Commander Air Wing

We caught up with Capt James 'Blackers' Blackmore - the Carrier Air Wing Commander aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) - to uncover more about the carrier's maiden deployment

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Nigerian A-29B delivery delayed in Iceland

Originally due to arrive at Scotland’s Prestwick Airport on September 19, six Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos on a delivery flight to the Nigerian Air Force have been held captive at Keflavik, Iceland, due to poor weather conditions

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What happened to British Airways World Cargo?

Having ceased operations in 2014, British Airways World Cargo is no more. But what happened to it? Key.Aero finds out

Historic Douglas C-47 “Placid Lassie" to offer cockpit tours at Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show

The Military Aviation Museum Tunison Foundation's C-47 “Placid Lassie" will be open for air show attendees to climb aboard and tour with the crew members of the Tunison Foundation, D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society

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The Brit-built fighters that never flew

Now known its for state-of-the-art ejection seats, from 1934-1944 the Martin-Baker Aircraft Co built fighter aircraft

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The birth of the Wellington

Ken Ellis celebrates the birth of the Wellington and the genius of designer Barnes Wallis, while Andrew Thomas documents the type in service

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Bomber Command's Finest Five

You may have seen our top 10 Bomber Command aircraft feature earlier in the week. Wondering what came in the top spots? We summarise the final five ‘best’ bombers at the RAF’s disposal and compare the statistics of individual models

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A brief history of Bomber Command

The impact of RAF Bomber Command during World War Two should not be underestimated. From beginning to end, it is a tale of courage against the odds

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The Career of Bomber Command pilot John Sauvage

Graham Pitchfork details the career of Bomber Command pilot John Sauvage, which amounted to a remarkable 64 World War Two operations...

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Mr Spitfire meets a pilot from the iconic Battle of Britain Movie

A pilot from the iconic 1968 movie shoot shared his memories with Peter Arnold – aka Mr Spitfire...

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A Bomber Command Tour of Lincolnshire in Pictures

A visual tour of FlyPast's Lincolnshire Bomber Command tour...

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