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Royal Air Force Texan T.1 completes first flight at RAF Valley

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has conducted the first test flight of its new advanced training aircraft, the Beechcraft T-6C Texan T.1 at RAF Valley, Anglesey, in preparation for the fleet to take over from the Shorts Tucano T.1 in… Continue Reading →

Indian Air Force to take first deliveries of AH-64Es in July 2019

The Indian Air Force is preparing to take delivery of its first batch of Boeing’s new AH-64E Apache Guardian twin-engine attack helicopters, with the company saying its set to start deliveries in July 2019. The Indian government placed an order… Continue Reading →

Silent Knight Radar to be integrated onto US Air Force CV-22B Ospreys

Defence contractor, Raytheon, has been awarded a contract to integrate its next-generation multi-mode K-band AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 52 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The contract modification, worth $15m (USD), adds to… 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 →

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 →

Eurofighter set for Canadian CF-188 Hornet replacement bid

Eurofighter is set to throw its hat into the ring in a bid to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) CF-188A/B Hornet multi-role fighter fleet. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) submitted a draft request for… Continue Reading →

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