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Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon leaves paint shop

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force – serial 9582 ‘Vingtor’ – was rolled out of the paint shop in Renton, Washington, on July 9, after receiving its RNoAF livery, complete with 333 Skvadron’s famed ‘Saint’ logo on the tail

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British Army retires final Defender, Islander aircraft

Army Air Corps operations with the Britten-Norman Defender and Islander have finally ended following the departure of the last aircraft from 5 Regiment’s No 651 Squadron at Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove (Belfast International Airport) in Northern Ireland

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USAF plans to divest oldest A-10Cs and relocate Nellis-based units

The USAF has revealed plans to relocate its close air support and rescue missions from Nellis AFB, Nevada, to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, at the expense of the 42 oldest examples of its Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet

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US Navy MH-60S Knighthawk crashes in California

A US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Team ‘Longhorns’, crashed near Mount Hogue, California, on July 16

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Report claims spatial disorientation caused Michigan F-16C crash

A US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the loss of an F-16C in the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan, on December 8, 2020, has found that spatial disorientation caused the crash

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Robins AFB set to host USAF E-11A BACN unit

The USAF has announced plans to establish a Bombardier E-11A BACN squadron at Robins AFB, Georgia, which would serve under the 319th Reconnaissance Wing as a geographically separated unit

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Bell restarts Czech UH-1Y production

Bell Textron announced on July 19 that it has restarted UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter production to fulfil an order from the Czech Republic, which will become the first international operator of the type

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Polish Navy’s first AW101 takes flight

Leonardo has revealed that the first AW101 multi-mission maritime helicopter for the Polish Navy took to the skies for its maiden flight at the company’s production facility in Yeovil, Somerset, on July 19

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RAF Typhoons test tactical refuelling concept in Norway

RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have completed a proof of concept exercise in Norway, which tested tactical ground-based refuelling capabilities at a dispersed forward operating location

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BREAKING NEWS: RAF COSFORD AIR SHOW 2021

The RAF Cosford Air Show team have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 guidance and, after much consideration, have taken the very difficult decision not to hold an Air Show event over the weekend of the 11th and 12th September 2021

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Australia receives two additional Chinooks

A pair of additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters have been delivered to the Australian Army Aviation Corps

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Switzerland selects F-35A as new fighter

Switzerland’s Federal Council determined at its meeting on June 30 that the procurement of 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role fighters represented the most suitable solution for protecting the Swiss population from future air threats

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US Navy orders three more MH-60R Seahawks

Three additional Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime utility helicopters have been ordered by the US Navy as ‘replacement in kind’ platforms to replace three examples that were transferred to the Greek government

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Nine more CH-53Ks ordered for USMC

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has been awarded a contract to build nine more CH-53K King Stallion in a deal which also includes a contract option for a further nine of these heavy-lift transport helicopters

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Multiple fatalities in Philippine C-130H crash

A Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport belonging to the Philippine Air Force crashed while attempting to land at Jolo Airport on Jolo Island in the nation’s Sulu province on July 4, killing 47 people