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Return of the Blackjack

The Tupolev Tu-160 is the world’s largest combat aircraft...

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A-7 Corsair II: The Swashbuckling SLUF

What it lacked in speed, the subsonic A-7 Corsair II made up for in payload and persistence. It also ushered in a new era of strike accuracy, as Key.Aero reports.

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A look back at USAFE's C-23A Sherpa operations

From the mid-1980s, C-23A Sherpas could regularly be seen shuttling between USAFE air bases. We spoke to former members of the 10th Military Airlift Squadron to hear how this unit functioned and its importance should tensions with the Eastern Bloc have spilled over into conflict during the Cold War

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Eagles’ Wings

What do you get if you take a museum stuck in the past, a multi-million-pound refurbishment and a punchy new name?

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Recapping the fly-off between Boeing's X-32 and Lockheed's X-35

Back in 2000, the most valuable fighter fly-offs in modern times took place between the Boeing X-32 and Lockheed X-35, as we explain

An F-111E outside a hardened aircraft shelter at Upper Heyford. USAF/Staff Sergeant David S Nolan Article

Flying the F-111E in the UK, roles and memorable sorties

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls what it was like flying in the UK and describes a typical F-111 low-level training sortie

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Britain's Aircraft Carrier Conundrum

America, the leading western superpower, pleaded with Britain...

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Avro Vulcan pilot John LeBrun on bomb loads

Whilst the Vulcan was capable of carrying conventional payloads, it originally formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, as retired Vulcan pilot John LeBrun discusses

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Aviation News May 2022

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Tactical Fighter Meet ‘86 at RAF Waddington

Early August 1986 saw a gathering of more than 70 aircraft from from eight NATO countries at RAF Waddington for Tactical Fighter
Meet (TFM) ’86...

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Greece’s Last Phantoms

Greece is one of the few remaining operators of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II...

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Aviation News September 2020

Welcome to Aviation News September 2020

Royal Air Force British Aerospace BAe 146 Article

RAF retires BAe 146 to IWM Duxford

The RAF has begun retiring its four British Aerospace BAe 146s, leaving the BAE Systems Hawk as the force's sole remaining British-designed and built type

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To Kill a Radar: Analysing the now largely-forgotten ARMAT missile

Now largely forgotten, ARMAT was a French weapon that proved its worth in the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq War. We take a closer look

An F-111E dropping bombs. USAF/TSGT Jose Lopez Article

F-111E exercises and weapons detachments

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls the exercises and weapons detachments he participated in while flying with the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing