News archive May 2013

24th May 2013

Pentagon: F-35 Program Costs Fell $4.5 Billion Last Year

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Sukhoi Delivers the First Su-34 Frontline Bomber to the Russian Air Force

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South Korea Requests F-15SE Aircraft Weapons

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EADS Offers to Invest $2Billion if Korea Buys Eurofighter

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Hungary to Buy New Airlifters, Helicopters: MoD

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KC-46A Training, Operational Bases, Alternatives Selected

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Russia, Peru to Sign MiG-29 Jet Upgrade Deal

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RAF jet escorts diverted Pakistani passenger plane

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Boeing eyes further international sales for C-17

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Turkey nears acceptance of delayed 737 AEW fleet

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JMR bidders expect demonstration deal by September

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No new bomb planned for RAF Reapers, MoD confirms

US Marine Corps studying Harrier enhancements

Boeing anticipates Chinook, V-22 multi-year contracts

RAF Voyager launches tanker operations with Tornado

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Boeing will compete with MD in light attack market

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We took part to an Air-to-Air Refueling mission on board a Boeing KC-767 during Ex. Star Vega

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[Video] RAF Sentinel spyplane operations in Mali

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China deploys Su-27 fighter jets to Tibet

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Awesome video shows B-52 bombers during a MITO (Minimum Interval Take Off)

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RAF Sentinel Comes Home

Sea King Mk 7 clocks up 1,000 missions in Afghanistan

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MOD says MAIB Sea King report inaccurate

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Royal Navy pilot in F35 jump jet flight

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Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator now ready-for-training with new CAE Medallion-6000 visual system

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Army makes final delivery of IA-407s to the Iraqis

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21st May 2013

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Helmet for Britain’s new F-35 fighter has ‘significant technical deficiencies’

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EBACE: Pilatus joins the Jet Set with PC-24

UK confirms Brimstone trials plan for Reaper

USAF postpones T-X trainer industry day

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UK MoD orders additional Hellfire missiles

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X-47B conducts carrier touch-and-go landing operations

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Awesome footage shows EA-18G Growler low altitude training

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Satellite image shows five F-22 near Iran (one year ago). And here is who they were

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F-35 instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

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Dambusters Memorial

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RAF Marham conduct major accident exercise

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New Standard for 33 Squadron

Sky giants that make troop trips shorter

Getting the Red Arrows up to speed

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Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment helps Portuguese Navy reach 20,000 incident-free flight hours

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18th May 2013

Eurofighter Typhoon Launches Amateur Photography Competition 2013

Saab Touts Naval Sea Gripen Variant

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PICTURE: First P-8I touches down in India

USAF searches for new C-27J contractor

RPM on target for French Tigers

Rafale to expand Meteor missile testing

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FLIGHT TEST: Taming AgustaWestland’s AW159 Wildcat

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HeliVert receives new Russian AW139 order

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Disbandment of Swiss Air Force display team could make its “Flat Eric” yellow puppet mascot unemployed

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Air Force One for sale!

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[Photo] This is a Eurofighter Typhoon undertaking electromagnetic testing

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Dambusters Service

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Fitting Tribute to Dambusters

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Reds Arrows Ready

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100 Years of Flying at Halton

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Royal Air Force’s Memorial Flight

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Dan Snow flies in Lancaster

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Air Tattoo to Salute Dambusters

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Dambuster Coins

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RAF Boulmer Welcomes Guests at a Spring Reception

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15th May 2013

Germany axes Euro Hawk drone program

Air launch systems begin to come of age

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New image of China’s first weaponized stealth drone emerges (as US launched its one from an aircraft carrier)

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McChord reserve C-17 maintainers train in Alaska

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RAF Shawbury Wins Top Award

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OC 617 Squadron Then & Now

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Runnymede Commonwealth Air Forces Commemoration

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Spangdahlem AB Airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

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14th May 2013

Lockheed Names New F-16/F-22 Program Head

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China’s Navy Forms First Carrier-Borne Jet Force

F-35 Flight Test Update 10

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Saab Sets Out On Quest for Swiss Gripen Partners

Dream Chaser shipped to NASA Dryden for glide tests

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TAI Hurkus nears first flight and orders

F-35B performs first vertical take-off

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Sikorsky S-76D helicopter gains Mexico certification

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British fighter pilot will soon attend the famous Top Gun school for the first time ever

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Photo shows F-35A fitted with two externally mounted Joint Strike Missiles

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Experience The “Dambusters ” Raid Minute By Minute On Twitter

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Les Munro

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Johnny Johnson

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Tribute to a Fallen Hero

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13th May 2013

B-52 to Receive Communications Upgrade

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C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards AFB

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

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Welsh airfield at the centre of Britain’s drone revolution

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British military has 500 drones

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Navy carrier jets ‘can’t land in hot weather’

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Alenia Aermacchi pilot ejects from stricken M-346

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Stealth coatings on F-35 ‘easier to maintain’ than on older jets

Chinooks to get ‘fly-by-wire’ makeover

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Turkey switches maritime patrol deal to ATR 72-600

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PICTURE: Turkish TFX fighter concept revealed at IDEF

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Eglin AFB receives its first Block 2A F-35

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IDEF 2013: TAI outlines new Turkish helicopter

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Rolls-Royce wins US Navy T56 engine contract

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This is the first clear image of China’s new Stealth killer drone

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Video showing Iran’s new “stealth combat drone” emerges

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US F-16 to deploy to Poland for the next two weeks

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Rub-a-dub, Stratotanker in the tub

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9th May 2013

KC-46 Base Decision Coming This Month

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BAE resumes Typhoon deliveries to Saudi Arabia

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Eglin AFB receives its first Block 2A F-35

US Navy releases presidential helicopter RFP

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What kind of target did the Israeli Air Force really hit in Syria?

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Not on their flight line: Marines foil insurgent attack

HSL-37 surpasses 100,000 flight hours

Wing members take star turn in blockbuster film
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8th May 2013

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Rescue of last WWII Dornier Do 17 bomber begins

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South Korea Orders FA-50 Fighters in $1Bn Deal

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Fifth-Generation Russian Jet Tests May Start in July

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Pentagon maintains Chinese fifth-gen jets will not be operational before 2018

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Northrop Grumman X-47B makes first arrested landing

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Rare look inside the elusive EC-130J Commando Solo, the U.S. Air Force PSYOPS plane

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HMX-1 lands Osprey

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600 (City of London) Squadron Remember Fallen in The Netherlands

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Former RAF airman Lamb dies at 90

Red Arrows jet feels the drag without Gs
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6th May 2013

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Auditor’s Report Spurs Canadian Efforts To Speed SAR Aircraft Bid

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Avalon airshow 2013

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: the jet ‘that almost flies itself’

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: simply a phenomenal flying machine

Lockheed receives long-lead funding for first Israeli F-35s

USAF awards FlightSafety contract for KC-46 training system

Sukhoi Su-35 and 787 among the stars at Paris 2013

USN to hold industry day on Seahawk replacement

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PICTURE: New Sovereign takes to the skies

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Italy receives first NH90 TTH in FOC configuration

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Final three C-130Js for Iraq set for delivery

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Israel strikes weapons convoy in Syria to halt shipment of “game changing” missiles to Hezbollah

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Israeli Air Force strikes Syria for the second time. Syrian air defenses unable to react

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Examining Israeli Air Force Weaponeering in the Damascus Strike

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CAS Visits Scotland

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100 Squadron

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Doubt on size of UK’s F35 jump jet order

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2nd May 2013

FlightSafety Wins KC-46 Training Contract

USN to hold industry day on Seahawk replacement
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1st May 2013

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JSTARS: Connecting the dots on battlefield

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Typhoon Test Pilots Begin Night Vision Goggles Trials

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RAF crew conducts first Reaper strike in Afghanistan from UK soil

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Oman’s Skyvan replacement nears flight test

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Serbia nears new order for MiG-29s

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AgustaWestland to open AW169 final assembly line

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Saudi Arabia’s upgraded Tornado fighter bombers and new Typhoon jets on delivery

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[Photo] French Atlantique maritime patrol aircraft sporting Laser Guided Bomb markings (from Mali Air War)

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32 Sqn Lift for Jolie Mission

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RAF Linton-On-Ouse Says Farewell to Freddie Johnson DFC

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World Helicopter-Championship Competitors Win Prestigious Award