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Combat aircraft arrive in Switzerland for fighter jet replacement bid

Fighter aircraft have begun to descend on Switzerland to compete in the nation’s “Air 2030” programme, which will see the winner replace the Swiss Air Force’s ageing Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C/D Hornet and Northrop F-5E Tiger II fleets. The… Continue Reading →

Japanese F-35A Lightning II goes missing over the Pacific

A search mission is currently underway for a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II multi-role stealth fighter operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), which went missing over the Pacific on Tuesday. The news was first reported on local Japanese… Continue Reading →

British F-35Bs set to strike on first overseas deployment

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that RAF Marham-based Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II’s will undergo the type’s first overseas deployment to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus later this year. The deployment will be conducted by 617 Squadron, famously… Continue Reading →

Pentagon reduces US military’s F-35 order for 2020

The Pentagon is set to ask for a reduced number of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in its budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020). Instead of the previously planned 84, the US military is looking to cut… Continue Reading →

Royal Air Force ceases Tornado combat operations

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has recalled its final Tornado ground attack aircraft from combat operations in preparation for its retirement. The Tornado flew its last operational sortie out of RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 5 February 2019, where deployed aircraft… Continue Reading →

US Navy final front-line F/A-18C “Legacy” Hornet’s set for retirement

The US Navy is preparing to say farewell to the last of its Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C “Legacy” Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft which are set to be retired on 1 February 2019, at their home base at NAS Oceana, Virginia…. Continue Reading →

The Royal Air Force and the Panavia Tornado – Going out Fighting!

As I begin writing this feature, there is a little over two months remaining of the Panavia Tornado’s long illustrious operational career with the Royal Air Force (RAF), spanning almost 40 years. However, on 31 March 2019, the variable-sweep wing… Continue Reading →

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