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So-low Turk

The Waddington air show pulled in the crowds at the RAF’s Lincolnshire ISTAR base over the weekend, and scored plenty of media coverage too – largely due to the contribution of the Turkish air force’s F-16 Solo Turk display. In case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, check out the attached video footage. We wouldn’t want […]

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Responses fuel South Korean tanker battle

We can look forward to the big two tanker manufacturers going toe-to-toe at the Farnborough air show in just over a fortnight’s time, with Airbus and Boeing having submitted responses to a request for proposals for South Korea’s in-flight refuelling requirement. Seoul doesn’t have any tankers, but wants the capability to provide support for its […]

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My name is Su(-27)!

The Royal Air Force detachment flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission had an interesting day at the office in Lithuania earlier this week. On 17 June, the quick reaction alert at Siauliai air base was put into action, in response to “four separate groups of aircraft in international airspace […]

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B-2 downs raptor (the feathered kind)

Not one for the squeamish, perhaps, but a series of (literally) striking images has emerged from the current US Air Force detachment of two B-2 bombers to RAF Fairford in the UK. They show what happened when an unfortunate Buzzard (a bird of prey, or raptor) flew into the path of a B-2 as it […]

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Mixed fortunes for Russian fighters

Just when it all seemed to be going so well, one of Sukhoi’s prototype PAK-FA/T-50 fighters looks set to be out of action for a little while, due to a little bit of fire damage. There’s a popular post-prang saying in UK military circles: “That’ll buff-out”, and that is indeed the line that Sukhoi has […]

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Boeing defence prospects

The new issue of Flight International carries a couple of defence articles by our Asia editor Greg Waldron following the recent Shangri-La Dialogue event in Singapore: both concerning Boeing. Given the way that any manufacturer will talk up its prospects, it’s no surprise that Boeing Defense, Space & Security chief executive Chris Chadwick is on […]

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Fifty years young

In case you missed it, the Royal Air Force has got its first RC-135W Rivet Joint flying in the UK, six months after lead example ZZ664 had arrived at its Waddington ISTAR hub. A successor to the service’s previous Nimrod R1 fleet, the eventual complement of three Rivet Joints is on track to achieve full […]

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Can Canada can F-35 plan?

Things are hotting up in Canada over the nation’s F-18 replacement options, with the key question being whether Ottawa will go forward with previous plans to buy the F-35, or enter into a competitive process. Clearly worried by the prospect of the second option, the pro-F-35 ‘Canadian JSF Industry Group’ published an open letter ahead […]

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Vision of the future

A weekend treat, thanks to this shot from Lockheed Martin showing the present – and future – of the UK’s combat aircraft fleet. Taken earlier this year during a flight staged from Edwards AFB in California, it shows a pair of Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force’s 41 Sqn fast jet and weapons operational […]

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Back from the brink

We’re back, after a couple of crazy weeks on the show circuit which kept me too busy to post here – for which, my apologies. If you missed them, our reporting teams were covering the events at AUVSI, and then the clashing ILA Berlin air show and EBACE business aviation get-together last week. So, where to […]

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