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Ilyushin Il-76: everything you need to know

The Ilyushin Il-76 has been the most important transport aircraft in the Russian Air Force inventory since the 1970s. Production has restarted after a two-decade hiatus on an updated version of a type that has also served as a tanker, early warning platform and civilian freighter, among other duties. Piotr Butowski examines the type’s history.

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Jumbo testing: Boeing's chief 747 pilot on developing the -8

Back in 2017 and long before the COVID-19 pandemic had dealt a cruel blow to the Jumbo, Airliner World spoke to Mark Feuerstein who was then Boeing’s chief pilot, 747 Programs, about his role in the development of the -8 variant. Feuerstein retired from the company in 2021.

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Aeroplane Personal Album: Croydon in the ’30s

The collection of negatives loaned to reader John Evans by Pembrokeshire-based friend Joyce Northwood elicits another selection from Croydon Airport in the 1930s, focusing on mainland European visitors to this cosmopolitan hub

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APROC 2022: Inside Spain’s annual joint rescue exercise

Having the power to recover personnel from combat situations is an essential element of any military operation. AirForces Monthly reports on the annual joint exercise in Spain

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Inflight entertainment - what's new?

Tom Batchelor looks at the increasingly sophisticated inflight entertainment that passengers have come to expect

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Why does Emirates operate so many A380s?

Emirates is the largest operator of the Airbus A380 employing it on its shortest and longest routes. In the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, Martyn Cartledge examined the widebody’s role with the Middle Eastern carrier.

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Is the C-17 one of history's most capable airlifters?

Tom Kaminski examines the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, which has proved to be a very capable airlifter

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The Uruguayan volunteers restoring a Vickers Viscount

Nicknamed ‘the Witch’, a Vickers Viscount that once belonged to a now-defunct Uruguayan airline has been the subject of a taxing volunteer restoration

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Convair B-36 Peacemaker: The World’s Biggest Bomber

In the March 2014 issue of Aviation News, Doug Gordon told the story of the world’s largest bomber, Convair’s B-36 Peacemaker, Strategic Air Command’s first intercontinental nuclear delivery platform

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Boeing 767 vs Boeing 777: an in-depth comparison

The 767 and 777 heralded a new age in transatlantic travel, with Boeing adopting new approaches to their design and manufacture. We compare the two twin-engine types to find out how they match up.