Flight International, December 2021

In this year’s final issue, we bring you our annual World Air Forces directory review, which details the main events, procurements and retirements which over the last 12 months have affected an active military fleet totalling almost 53,300 aircraft. Plus, find out how to download our full, 36-page report, including a 23-page listing of inventories by nation.

Our defence-sector coverage continues with updates on General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ latest projects, and a look at the UK’s debut carrier strike experience using Lockheed Martin F-35Bs aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

We have the biggest stories from the Dubai air show, where Boeing’s 777-9 made a spectacular first flying display appearance, and Russia sought to muscle in by giving its in-development Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate fighter an international debut.

Also this issue, we interview Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, as he positions the company for a post-Covid-19 recovery and helps shape its future adoption of emission-reducing technologies. And don’t miss the chance to test your Total Aviation Person credentials, as Uncle Roger throws down his annual festive quiz challenge (available to subscribers 13 December).

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, download a pdf version, and access archived issues.

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Damaged Afghan MD530

How Afghanistan’s fall reshaped World Air Forces inventory

Afghanistan returning to Taliban control saw its military aircraft inventory drop to zero and tested the international community’s ability to rescue at-risk civilians, during another busy year for defence.

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