Archive | December, 2012

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Goodbye Filton airport

To commemorate the closure of Bristol’s Filton airport – a location that has played a key role in the UK aerospace industry – on 21 December, here’s a shot of one of the last “heavy” movements in, an Airbus A380 visiting to take company employees on a short flight. Pic by Michael Buckle.

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Festive F-35

Nothing says Happy Christmas and peace and goodwill to all men like a picture of a Lockheed Martin F-35 in all its death-dealing glory, wearing a 4.6m diameter Santa hat. Thanks to the Norwegian ministry of defence for the smile-inducing image. Norwegian armed forces aircraft collection

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lift off

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launcher lifts off on its recent CRS-1 mission to resupply the ISS. SpaceX hopes to benefit from the next rolling five-year USAF launch contract, with the latest round of announcements imminent.Check out the full story here Image credit: SpaceX

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It’s in black and white because it’s old

Top snapping from Demetrius Vanspranghe, one of the photographers shortlisted for Flight International’s front-cover contest, who took this classy shot of a Junkers Ju52/3m at Brussels Air Museum in Belgium. Demetrius gallery on flightglobal.com/AirSpace

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F-22 at sunset

Great picture on the US Air Force image site of a Lockheed Martin F-22 from the 90th Fighter Squadron recently returned after a deployment from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Nice light and all that, particularly with the snowy background. US Air Force

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Superb Supermarine Spitfire

Glorious image here of a Supermarine Spitfire posted on our AirSpace site. Part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the iconic fighter was snapped by user sunshine band at RAF Waddington.  user sunshine band on AirSpace

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Some-fin special – sharklets on display

Nice picture from Airbus here of its three A320-family test aircraft all sporting the sharklet wing tip modifications. Certification for the A320 fitted with the fuel-saving upgrade was achieved earlier this week.

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F-35B does the hovering

To celebrate the F-35 surpassing 5,000 flight hours last month, Lockheed Martin has pushed out this lovely picture of the B-model doing its STOVL thing. Lockheed Martin

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