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Onboard world's longest scheduled A220 flight with airBaltic

The Airbus A220 is a hugely versatile regional aircraft that’s also well suited to longer sectors. Andreas Spaeth discusses its quirks with airBaltic’s chief pilot as they fly from Riga to Tenerife

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How a war veteran FG-1D Corsair was restored

The restoration of an FG-1D Corsair for the Warbird Heritage Foundation recalls not the type’s combat career, but its role in training new US Navy carrier pilots. David Leininger reports

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How the US Navy is changing its approach to 'Red Air' operations

Air Forces Monthly explains the US Navy adversary “Red Air” mission as it alters its priorities, even though its aircraft mix and capacity are in a significant reset

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Humble beginnings: Rise of the quadcopter

Amid guided this and high-tech that, might the humble quadcopter be the real force multiplier on the battlefield?

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Fate of the Canadair Argonaut once used in the 1952 royal trip to Kenya

Princess Elizabeth’s 1952 visit to Kenya has received increased attention as Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. Martin Needham discovers what became of the Canadair Argonaut used for the royal trip

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The MBDA missiles set to make the F-35 and Rafale even deadlier

Hard-hitting missiles are being developed by MBDA to make the F-35 and Rafale much deadlier in the battlespace, following the types’ upgrades later this decade

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Stunning colour airliners from Heathrow’s golden age

Visits to the operational areas of London Airport allowed Ian James to capture some beautiful commercial classics of the late ’50s and early ’60s

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Bristol Brabazon: Britain's biggest aircraft flop

Mighty statistics punctuate every twist and turn of the Bristol Brabazon story but, as Stephen Skinner recounts, the aircraft never quite measured up to its commercial rivals

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Legendary ace Robin Olds in Vietnam

“The most courageous leader I ever knew”: What were the qualities that caused a Vietnam War comrade of the late Brig Gen Robin Olds to say that of his former commander? The success of Operation ‘Bolo’, the momentous aerial engagement between US Air Force F-4 Phantom IIs led by Olds and North Vietnamese MiG-21s on the second day of 1967, provides ample evidence

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Precision timing: Exploring smart bomb technologies

The use of air-to-ground missiles is becoming increasingly difficult as trends in the proliferation of modern integrated air defence systems and layered defences present greater challenges for their successful deployment