Airforce News

On this page you will find news from the world’s airforces including first flights, latest deployments, procurement programs, weapon upgrades, training and technology, fleet retirements, the changing operational theatres and missions.

Whether it is the RAF, France’s Armée de l’air or the United States Airforce, airforces around the world are buying new platforms, choosing between legacy fleets, which maybe Russian, European or American, and building their own domestic capabilities in sub-systems, missiles or whole aircraft.

Whether the manufacturing contracts are for domestic or foreign firms, worldwide instability is driving airforce fleet renewals, recapitalisation and investment in support infrastructure, military technology, offensive and defensive systems, from missiles, super and hypersonic, to chaff and directed infra-red countermeasures.

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Talking to the Canadian CC-130 crews delivering aid to Ukraine

The Royal Canadian Air Force at Prestwick, Scotland, is distributing hundreds of tons of cargo to Ukraine and the Middle East. Combat Aircraft Journal recently caught up with the team

Canadian de Havilland Tiger Moth reaches museum

The Mount Hope, Ontario-based Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has acquired a third airworthy de Havilland Tiger Moth

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Flying a unique survivor: the Avro 626

Avro 626 NZ203: survivor of the pre-war Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the sole example of its kind in the world. Just one pilot can still claim any experience on this delightful biplane, thanks to its brief post-restoration flying career nearly 40 years ago

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Caesar Hull: The Hurricane ‘Wizard’

In the February 2010 issue of FlyPast, Norman Franks looked at the remarkable flying career of Rhodesian-born Caesar Hull

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Team Pellonia: Defending UK military aircraft

Team Pellonia is a new partnership formed to improve protection for British military aircraft against the backdrop of increasingly advanced threats. Richard Scott reports

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Norman Taylor: Hurricane ace's exploits on land and sea

Barry M Marsden relates the intense career of Flt Lt Norman Taylor, Battle of Britain ‘ace’ and Condor-killer

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Hurricane heroics over Norway end in one of RAF’s greatest tragedies

Tom Spencer relates how 46 Squadron fought against the odds and fell victim to one of the RAF’s greatest tragedies

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When Hurricanes took on Japanese in fight for Singapore

By the time Hurricanes arrived in Singapore the Japanese had established a superiority that the RAF was unable to counter. Andrew Thomas told the story in the August 2015 issue of FlyPast

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Brazil looks to expand UAV use

With just a small fleet of military unmanned air vehicles, Brazil is seeking to increase their use and invest in its first locally produced combat versions, writes Claudio Lucchesi

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The RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail programme

Joe Campion provides insight into the RAF’s latest airborne early warning programme, the Boeing E-7 Wedegtail

Your source for all the latest Airforce and military aircraft news

As the latest fifth-generation platform, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is in use globally for international partner airforces, from the United States Airforce (USAF) to the RAF and the Australian airforce, the sixth-generation fighters are already on the drawing board.

Find out which airforces are looking at virtual cockpits, networked platforms and piloted aircraft working with drone wingmen for the stealth fighters of the 2030s and discover which airforces are planning to replace their existing fleets with the fighter planes of the future.

Military Aircraft Retirement and Technology Updates

International forces around the world are deploying military aircraft manufactured in France, Russia and America including aircraft from Saab, France’s Dassault Rafale, Russian Mig-29s and the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which it will operate for years to come.

What will also be flying well into the next decade is the USAF’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter. The next decade will also see the USAF’s newest stealth bomber, the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider enter service, while the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber will be in its seventh decade of operational service after refurbishments and restorations. This page is the only place you need to be to find out all the latest news on retirements and new deployments.

Be the first to find out which existing platforms such as France’s Dassault Mirage 2000 light weight jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon are facing the need for wholesale technology updates. The Eurofighter is being upgraded for an electronic warfare role in the 2020s and the USAF is improving some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons with F-35 fifth generation technology.

From restorations to retirement and procurement, international projects for new networked technologies including piloted and autonomous platforms and the contracts to manufacture them, all of this fast-moving defence aviation news and analysis can be found here.

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