Flight International, December 2020

Our annual World Air Forces directory details more than 53,500 military aircraft in active service around the globe, and analyses the major inventory adjustments seen over the past 12 months. Make sure you get your pdf copy of our full 2021 report – including 23 pages of detailed fleet information – by using the download prompt at the end of the article.

Also this issue, we report on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s return to service approval for the Boeing 737 Max, Embraer’s new turboprop ambitions, and a potential Lockheed Martin F-35A sale to the United Arab Emirates. Plus, we have exclusive interviews with the chief executives of Saab and Safran.

Use the links below to access our latest issue’s content in web-optimised format, or scroll down further to view our “page-turner” digital replica of the magazine, and download a pdf version.




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How the world’s air forces came to the rescue in troubled 2020

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How ST Engineering’s Lee Hui Fung led gender diversity drive

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