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Farnborough: what makes it the aviation capital of the UK? Part 2

The two world wars and the period in between them proved to be crucial years in early aviation. Farnborough has become known internationally as the home of British military aviation, having been right in the centre of everything for over a century

“I thought it was a glitch”: A330 captain recounts Atlantic dual engine failure

In an exclusive interview with Key.Aero, the commander of Air Transat Flight 236 recounts the incredible story of his dual engine failure over the Atlantic Ocean and 75-mile-long glide to a successful landing in the Azores

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Deadly Raptor: An overview of past and present USAF F-22A ops

A trailblazer from the outset, the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor has maintained its reputation as the world’s most capable air superiority fighter. We explore its entry into service through to current operations

USAF C-17A kicks off latest season of Op Deep Freeze

The 2021-2022 season of Operation Deep Freeze officially began after a USAF-operated Boeing C-17A Globemaster III completed the first winter fly-in (or ‘WinFly’) mission to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, earlier this month

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Brazilian KC-390 delivers aid to Haiti following deadly earthquake

A Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker-transport has delivered humanitarian aid to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the Caribbean nation was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 15

We take a look at the fallout from the ongoing airlift operation in Afghanistan with Dr Tom Copeland, Professor of Politics at the Colorado Christian University, for his take on the continued mission and its consequences for US policy

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USAF releases accident report into T-38A mishap in Sacramento

The USAF has released an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the mishap at Sacramento Mather Airport, California, on February 18, 2021, which involved a T-38A Talon from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, California

Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced NA Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a download.

Tutor for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

IRIS Simulations has announced the Tutor T.1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

F-14 Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

DC Designs has announced the F-14 A/B Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

New Zealand sends C-130H(NZ) and personnel to Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed around 80 military personnel alongside a RNZAF-operated Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules aircraft to Afghanistan to support the ongoing evacuation efforts of coalition forces, civilians and collaborators from the country

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 57

Welcome to the 57th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Flying Transatlantic on the Whispering Giant

Prior to the Britannia, nicknamed the Whispering Giant, entering service with Canadian Pacific Air Lines the esteemed F. G. Swanborough was invited to experience flying on this propliner from the UK to Vancouver to attend the opening of a new hangar for the type. He also took the opportunity while there to report on the civil aviation scene in western Canada for his article that appeared in the March 7, 1958 issue of The Aeroplane

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31st FW F-16s conduct live-fire exercise in the UK

For the first time in 14 years, the USAF’s 31st Fighter Wing had the opportunity to conduct F-16C Fighting Falcon air-to-air live fire training employment within the US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa area of responsibility, between July 9-16

60th FS reactivates as second F-35A unit at Eglin AFB

The USAF officially reactivated the 60th Fighter Squadron 'Fighter Crows' at Eglin AFB, Florida, under the 33rd Fighter Wing - a component of the 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command - on August 20

US DoD activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to assist with Afghanistan efforts

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III announced on August 22 that he has ordered the Commander of US Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet programme to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation

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Airliner storage sitrep

In part four of our Global Airline Report, we examine the situation relating to airliner storage

FlightSimExpo 2021 - Preview of North America's biggest flight simulation conference

Following the cancellation of last year's show due to COVID, North America's premier flight simulation conference, FlightSimExpo, is back. Taking place on September 24-26 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego in California, it will be a hybrid event with attendees participating in-person or online. We sat down with event organisers Evan Reiter and Phil Coyle to find out more.

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ANALYSIS: Is NATO's NFTE training initiative feasible?

Launched in June 2020, the NATO initiative to create a military pilot training network across the European continent is still being regarded as an undertaking with uncertain prospects. We look at the evolving business case, aimed at offering cost-efficient multinational training solutions

German H145Ms sent to support Afghanistan withdrawal efforts

Germany has deployed two Special Forces H145M helicopters to Kabul, Afghanistan, to assist with the evacuation process. The helicopters were loaded onto a German Air Force Airbus A400M and then departed from Wunstorf Air Base, Germany, for Kabul on August 20

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CSG21: VMFA-211 F-35Bs conduct cross-deck training with USS America

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the USMC's VMFA-211 'Wake Island Avengers' conducted a first-of-its-kind operation on August 20, when the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters launched from the HMS Queen Elizabeth and landed aboard the USS America, to load ordnance, refuel and strike follow-on objectives

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Quiz: Airliner recognition

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

USAF rolls out T-1A Jayhawks in heritage colours

US Air Force/47th Flying Training Wing Beechcraft T-1A Jayhawk 91-0086 ‘XL’ was unveiled during a ceremony on August 13 in new 86th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) ‘Rio Lobos’ heritage colours at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

Poland deploys F-16s to Iceland for the first time

As part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission, the Polish Air Force has deployed multiple Lockheed Martin F-16C/D-52+ Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters to Iceland for a several-week deployment through September

Two seriously injured in US Navy TH-57 Sea Ranger crash

While on a routine training flight from Milton-Whiting Field Naval Air Station South Airport, Florida, a US Navy Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter crashed on August 19 in an open field just west of Naval Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa, Florida

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