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RAF grounds entire Hawk T2 fleet after engine fault

The RAF has grounded its BAE Systems Hawk T2 fast-jet training aircraft as a precaution after one aircraft suffered an engine failure on the runway at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales

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USAF stealth bomber fleet grounded after major B-2A incident at Whiteman

A USAF-operated Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber was involved in an incident on December 10 that caused damage to both the aircraft and the runway at its home airfield, Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri

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South Korean F-4E Phantom IIs resume flight operations

The Republic of Korea Air Force has lifted the grounding order on its McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II fleet following a crash on August 12, 2022

US Navy resumes T-45C Goshawk flight ops after safety pause

The US Navy’s Chief of Naval Air Training authorised the resumption of flight operations for the McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk jet trainer on October 31, after both the Navy’s and USMC’s fleets were grounded more than two weeks earlier due to rising safety concerns

CV-22B remains trapped in Norway as USAF lifts grounding order

Having been grounded for just over two weeks, AFSOC has cleared its 52-strong fleet of Bell Boeing CV-22B Ospreys to fly again, but one example remains trapped on an island in Norway after the tiltrotor was forced to make an emergency landing there on August 12, 2022

US Army grounds entire Chinook fleet over engine woes

After suffering an undisclosed number of recent engine fires, the US Army confirmed that it has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters as a precautionary measure on August 30

USAF grounds CV-22B Osprey fleet

On August 16, the Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt Gen Jim Slife directed a safety stand down of all 52 CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in the fleet

RCAF grounds CT-114 Tutor fleet following Snowbirds accident

The Canadian Armed Forces announced on August 10 that the Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division has ordered an operational pause on the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor fleet following an aircraft accident

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter