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Ah, chute: unusual aircrew rescue

The modern-day wonder that is the ejection seat can be thanked for saving the two-person crew of a German air force Tornado IDS over the weekend, but as the Rex Features image below shows, things didn’t go entirely as planned following their escape. According to the Luftwaffe, the unarmed aircraft came down in a forest […]

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Marines surged Harriers to Afghanistan within 36 hours of attack

The US Marine Corps managed to surge replacement Boeing AV-8B Harrier II aircraft to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan within 36 hours of a Taliban attack. The 14 September Taliban attack on the British base left six of the jump-jets destroyed on the ground while two more aircraft were severely damaged. “Within 36 hours we had […]

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Too much encroachment around Naval Air Station Oceana?

The recent crash of US Navy F/A-18D Hornet from VFA-106 intoan apartment building in Virginia Beachraises the question: Is there already too much encroachment around Naval Air StationOceana? Read our coverage here and here It’s never a smart idea to build residential buildings neara busy airport or a busy military airfield, but this issue has […]

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Prang alert: another F-15 crashes

More bad news for the F-15 fighter community, but I’m glad at least the pilot is okay. Cirumstances surrounding the accident remain unclear, but there’s no indication from news reports so far that the aircraft broke up before the pilot ejected. Cheers to Eric Palmer for the head’s up. Click here for background on the […]

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Prang report: Polish C-295 crashes, 20 dead

According to reports (here and here), the passengers of the doomed aircraft included senior Polish Air Force commanders. The senior delegation was returning to Poland after attending a conference on aviation safety.

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Prang report: Iran F-4 crashes, 2 pilots, er, “martyred”

Iranian Fighter Jet Crashes, 2 Killed TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian air force F-4 Phantom jet crashed into the Oman Sea on Monday off the southeastern coast of Iran, killing both pilots, the official IRNA news agency reported. The jet, belonging to the army air force, crashed into the sea near the port of […]

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Prang report: GR.4 roll kills navigator, Mogadishu attacks Il-76 transport — again

From the daily wires: A test flight of a GR.4 Tornado went tragically awry yesterday when the back-seat navigator was somehow dislodged from his seat and fell through the canopy with the aircraft in an inverted roll. Read the full bizarre story here. Meanwhile, I have received a report from Flight International’s internal data team […]

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