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Iraqi Air Force receives another six F-16s

A further six Lockheed Martin F-16C/D (Block 52+) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters have been delivered to the Iraqi Air Force, bringing the air arm’s total F-16 fleet to 27. The delivery is part of an contract, worth $1.5-billion (USD), for… Continue Reading →

US Air Force grounds B-1B Lancer fleet over safety concerns

The United States Air Force (USAF) has once again grounded its Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber fleet following safety concerns regarding the aircraft’s ejection seat. The fleet was grounded by the USAF’s Global Strike Command on 28 March 2019 after… Continue Reading →

RAF Typhoon FGR.4s deploy Brimstone in combat for the first time

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced that it’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 multi-role fighters, currently deployed as part of Operation Shader in the Middle East, have fired the Brimstone air-to-surface missile in combat for the first time. The mission saw… Continue Reading →

US Air Force set for F-15X Advanced Eagle acquisition

The United States Air Force is looking set to purchase 80 new-build Boeing F-15 Eagles. Dubbed the F-15X Advanced Eagle, the new aircraft will complement the US Air Force’s inventory of Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor and F-35A Lightning II stealth… 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 →

Black Eagles unveil new tail scheme to celebrate RoKAF’s 70th Anniversary

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s national aerobatic team, the Black Eagles, have unveiled a new tail scheme to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of their national air arm. The scheme (pictured above) features a large ’70’ with a yin-yang-like symbol… Continue Reading →

Typhoon and Super Hornet shortlisted for German Tornado replacement

The German Defence Ministry has shortlisted its options to two aircraft, with one of them going on to take-over the role of the Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado ECR/IDS fleet, which currently sits at roughly 85-90 aircraft. On 31 January 2019, German… 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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