Author: Jamie Hunter

RAF boss visits Pakistan Air Force

  The Royal Air Force’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, visited the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) last week. During his three-day trip from March 30 to April 1 he spent time with the PAF CAS, Air Chief

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AFM at LIMA: New configuration for Guardian 400 MRSA

Viking Air, the Canadian company now producing Twin Otters, is keen to gain some of the maritime surveillance market in Asia. It is offering the Guardian 400 Multi-Role Sensor Aircraft (MRSA) and a mock-up of the aircraft’s nose could be

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First flight for An-132D

Antonov has completed the maiden flight of its new An-132D multi-role turboprop transport. The aircraft took to the air last Friday, March 31, from the company’s airfield in Kiev, Ukraine. The first prototype of the short- to medium-haul aircraft flew for

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Royal Saudi Air Force deploys to Sudan

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s and four F-15C Eagles to Merowe Air Base, Sudan, for a joint exercise, which is scheduled to run from March 29 to April 12. Sudanese Air Force participants

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T-X RFP response deadline

Boeing said today that it has formally submitted its RFP response ‘two days early’ for the US Air Force’s T-X advanced pilot training competition. The deadline for RFP responses in set for March 31, with a contract award for a

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Lebanese A-29 pilots begin training

The first new Lebanese Air Force A-29 Super Tucano trainee pilot started live flying with the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB, Georgia, on 22 March. “It was his first flight in the aircraft so it was a great [opportunity]

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Helicopter gunships in AFM

Helicopter gunships were all the rage in the latter part of the Cold War. On each side of the Iron Curtain, huge numbers of NATO and Warsaw Pact gunships prepared for a conflict that never came. Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany,

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AFM at LIMA: Singaporean ‘bombtruck’

AFM correspondent Alan Warnes caught this F-15SG in the static display at LIMA 17 at Langkawi International Airport in Malaysia. Assigned to the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 149 Squadron ‘Shikras’ at Paya Lebar Air Base, 8319 was loaded with several types of

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AFM at LIMA: Leonardo P-72A debut

Leonardo is exhibiting a P-72A (company designation ATR-72MPA) maritime patrol aircraft at LIMA 17, where the type is making its public debut, Alan Warnes reports. The aircraft is one of three that have now been delivered to the Italian Air

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End of the line for No XV Squadron

Today saw the end of an era as the Royal Air Force’s No XV (Reserve) Squadron conducted its final flights at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland. With this, the base bid farewell to Tornado operations. Withdrawal of the RAF Tornado Force might

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