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Alaska Aviation Museum Grumman Goose flies

The Alaska Aviation Museum’s Grumman G-21 Goose, N789, made its first flight for 16 years following a six-month restoration at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage on 29 May.

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Metrea acquires French air force Stratotanker fleet

Metrea has completed the acquisition of the French Air and Space Force’s (FASF) KC-/C-135 aerial refuelling fleet.

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Golden Age SPAD replica airborne

Twelve years after construction began, the Golden Age Air Museum SPAD XIII replica made its first flight proper from the grass strip at Bethel, Pennsylvania on 15 June, the machine having made a brief hop in early November last year.

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Special F-16 scheme honours F-117 Nighthawk

A US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Squadron ‘Black Sheep’ at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico now wears a matt-black paint scheme to honour the F-117 Nighthawk.

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USAF KC-46A Pegasus flies around the world non-stop

A US Air Force Boeing KC-46A Pegasus has completed the first non-stop westbound flight around the world by the type.

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Boeing delivers first CH-47F Block II Chinook to US Army

Boeing announced on July 1 that it had delivered the first CH-47F Block II Chinook to the US Army, marking a significant milestone in the modernisation programme of the Army's heavy-lift capabilities.

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End of a chapter for MH-139A Grey Wolf as it leaves Eglin AFB

The MH-139A Grey Wolf left Eglin Air Force Base for the last time on June 27 signalling its transition to a combat-capable aircraft under Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

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Lake Michigan Grumman Wildcat restored for display

Staff at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have completed an 11-year restoration of Grumman FM-2 Wildcat 57039 (also see May 2024 issue of FlyPast).

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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Unique Tornado F2 TIARA to fly again

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Jared ‘ROOK’ Isaacman confirmed that he has added a Panavia Tornado F2 to his collection.