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22nd September 2021

Second batch of NAF A-29s on their way
Listen To An F-16’s Intercept Of An Army Cessna That Violated Airspace Near The United Nations
Our Best Look Yet At ‘Rapid Dragon’ Cargo Plane-Launched Stealth Cruise Missiles In Action
Kratos’ New Airwolf Combat Drone Has Launched A Switchblade Loitering Munition In Flight
The Air Force Is Testing Robotic Loaders To Mount Hypersonic Missiles On Its Bombers
Thales to Equip French Navy’s Falcon 2000LXS Albatros Aircraft
Nebraska ANG participates in Ample Strike 2021
Aviation Detachment Rotation 21-4: C-130J vs. Jet
Top Air Force officer’s plan to ‘accelerate change or lose’ is picking up speed, one year in
US Air Force to declare winner of B-52 engine replacement competition as soon as this month
RAF Mildenhall celebrates U.S. Air Force’s 74th Birthday

21st September 2021

Boeing Unveils New Two-Stage Long-Range Air-To-Air Missile Concept
‘Unsatisfied’ with Hypersonics Progress, Kendall Questions USAF’s Strategy
Air Force Wants New Engine for F-35—If It’s Affordable
The promotion outlook: What lies ahead for Air Force officers and enlisted airmen
To insignia and beyond: Space Force rolls out new designs for enlisted sleeves
Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production
Protector drones could augment Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft
A400M transport not certified to transport F-35 engines
Guernsey’s Reply arrives at RAF Lossiemouth
RAF continue to support Iraqi Security Forces
100th ARW practices ACE during exercise High Life
100th ARW delivers fuel during agile combat employment exercise

20th September 2021

75 years Scuola Volo
Flight tests second Tu-160M
RSAF special livery
Tunisian Air Force AB205A to CAR
India set to buy second-hand Mirage 2000s
TurAz Falcon 2021 exercise
The Air Force Blew It When It Decided Not To Give Its KC-135s Winglets 40 Years Ago
Watch This RC-135 Spy Plane Make A Frightening Crosswind Landing In England (Updated)
RAAF P-8A Poseidon fleet modifications complete
AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says
SecAF to Congress: Let us retire aircraft or we can’t beat China
Six questions with US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall
RAF marks Battle of Britain Sunday
RAF Honington back on parade for the Battle of Britain
F-35B Lightning fighters launched simultaneously from Carrier flight decks
100th ARW fuels B-2 during Bomber Task Force mission

19th September 2021

Mexican Independence Parade 2021
A very special way of restoration
Rolls-Royce all-electric aircraft takes to the skies

18th September 2021

More on the Nighthawks
Damaged B-2 Moved To A Hangar Days After Skidding Off Runway, Airspace Restriction Lifted
Russian-Made Mi-17 Helicopter Flown By Secretive U.S. Unit Lands In Farmer’s Field
Tucson Mystery Drone Had Rotors According To Border Patrol Helicopter Aircrew’s Emails
Behold F-117s On Their Historic Deployment To Fresno In These Stunning Shots
Lockheed Must Give Up Data to Get Shot At Long-Term F-35 Maintenance Contract
As the US Air Force looks to the future of special operations, vertical lift takes center stage
Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker, firing the opening salvo in US Air Force competition
British F-35 jets to receive weapon capability enhancements
Marshall to partner on upcoming Tempest jet
Leonardo and Northrop Grumman team for VTOL work
Argentina to purchase JF-17 ‘Thunder’ jets from Pakistan
The vital role played by Wales in the Battle of Britain
P-47 pilot honored on POW/MIA recognition day
Airmen hone expeditionary skills at Rally in Rockies exercise
AF Week in Photos

16th September 2021

Boeing August orders and deliveries
Bombardier launches Challenger 3500
Three decades of Globemaster III
First TLDM AW139 seen
Manchester Airport calls for simplification of UK travel system
It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening
Damaged B-2 Spirit Is Sitting Wing-Down Off The Runway After Landing Mishap
B-2 Stealth Bomber Damaged During Emergency Landing Incident
Two NATO Fighters Accidentally Flew Behind The Iron Curtain 60 Years Ago Today
Date: 15-SEP-2021
Time: 10:50
Type: Vans RV-6A
Owner/operator: Private
Registration: N3977G
MSN: 23877
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: Schoepflin Airport (WN26), Palouse, WA – United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Training
Departure airport: Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, WA (PUW/KPUW)
Destination airport: Schoepflin Airport (WN26)
Narrative: The aircraft, an experimental Scot A Gordon amateur built RV-6A, sustained substantial damage subsequent to a noseover following a hard landing at Schoepflin Airport (WN26), Palouse, Washington. The two pilots onboard the airplane received unspecified injuries during the accident.
U.S. Navy, Boeing Conduct First MQ-25 Refueling Mission with F-35C
To get F-35 performance-based logistics contract, Lockheed will have to give up tech data
See Taiwanese jets take off from rural roads, and more from its latest drill
Lockheed nabs F-35 sustainment contract worth up to $6.6B
Tempest testbed aircraft ‘Excalibur’ moves forward
Leonardo reveals team ‘AW149 UK’ for UK Medium Helicopter
Aeralis announces collaboration with Rolls-Royce
Tekever say their drones in channel ‘help prevent illegal migration’
Second Protector Squadron revealed as XIII Squadron
RAF Typhoon fly’s the flag over iconic white cliffs ahead of Battle of Britain Anniversary
Reserve C-130 aerial firefighting teams fly during second busiest wildfire season

14th September 2021

Garuda 2022 fleet plan
Final Lufthansa A380-flight?
CMA CGM to expand air cargo business
Ukraine International to add B777-300s
New start-up: Céleste
Zayed 3 exercise
Do228 for Mauritius Coast Guard
The English hub will return as the UK’s only airport outside London to offer direct services to Saudi Arabia
F-117s Make Surprise Appearance At Fresno Airport To Train Against Local F-15s
Guarding Its Secrets, DOD Updates Rules for UAS Purchases
Lockheed nabs F-35 sustainment contract worth up to $6.6B
Former US Air Force acquisition czar could help the UK build its future fighter
BAE unveil torpedo carrying heavy-lift T-650 drone
British firm reportedly to win contract for Hawk replacement
BAE win £220m to deliver synthetic training for Typhoon pilots
Babcock selling stake in AirTanker

13th September 2021

Saudia 75!
Mammoth launched as new B777F-converter
Wizz Air in talks about new order
easyJet rejects take-over bid
ITA finalizes fleet plans
SAS defers A350s
Frontier Airlines retires A319
Warhawks go Dutch
Philippine Coast Guard Cessna Caravan delivered
C-130J for Indonesian Air Force
Second USMC F-35B squadron attained IOC
Russian Su-30SMs and S-400 systems moved to Belarus
Final approval India for Airbus C295MW
Marines’ CH-53K King Stallion Lifts Stricken MH-60 Seahawk In Its First Real-World Mission
Bell’s Plan To Finally Realize A Rotorcraft That Flies Like A Jet But Hovers Like A Helicopter
This Gonzo-Looking Regional Jet Just Put The F-16’s New Radar To The Test
Whiteman B-2s Integrate with Norwegian F-35s
World War II ace Joe Foss celebrated with blue 75th anniversary F-16
China, Russia loom over routine air operations across the globe
Concept shows British strike drones based in the stratosphere
£400 million investment for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft and Chinook helicopter
Spitfire takes to the skies again for Battle of Britain Anniversary
55th Communications Squadron redesignated as cyber squadron
Last of Doolittle Raiders memorialized
AF Week in Photos

9th September 2021

B747-8 for the Egypt Government
Spirit Airlines to lease additional A321neos
Croatia Airlines to restructure
Ethiopian Airlines settles with Boeing
Gum Air orders Cessna 408 SkyCourier
Surprise visit CMV-22B
Watch This MD-80 “Mad Dog” Cargo Jet Make A Crazy Zoom Climb Out Of The Bahamas
What It’s Like Being A Royal Air Force Photographer Capturing The Action On Deployment
Austin, Blinken Thank Qatar for its Role in Afghanistan Evacuation
Air Force Innovation Hub Hears Pitches for ‘Flightline of the Future’
Date: 08-SEP-2021
Time: c. 10:45
Type: Bell 206 JetRanger III
Owner/operator: Heliservice
Registration: HK-4404
MSN: 3161
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: about 2km from Cañasgordas – Colombia
Phase: En route
Nature: Passenger
Departure airport: Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD)
Narrative: A Bell 206B JetRanger III made an emergency landing at a plantation, about 2km from Cañasgordas. All three occupants survived the crash.
Date: 08-SEP-2021
Time: 11:00
Type: Bell 206L LongRanger
Owner/operator: Private
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Tillamook County, OR – United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature: Agricultural
Narrative: While spraying pesticides, a Bell 206L LongRanger hit electric wires in Tillamook County, Oregon, and crashed. The pilot survived the crash.

8th September 2021

Airbus August orders and deliveries update
Special livery for Viva Air Colombia A320neo
Test flight next Indonesian Navy CN235MPA
easyJet boosts UK-Netherlands offering
Here’s How Fighter Pilots Could Control “Loyal Wingmen” Via A Tablet On Their Thigh
Check Out What This Royal Saudi 737 Private Jet Looks Like Inside
SOUTHCOM Concludes Haiti Humanitarian Mission
TRTLE packs expedite maintenance mission
F/A-18 Hornet night refueling in support of non-combatant evacuation
Air Force repurposes condemned F-35 aircraft for training aids
Top US Air Force general supports proposed F-35 cost constraints
Airbus trials high speed satcom through helicopter blades
RAF hands over the NATO enhanced Air Policing mission in Romania to the Royal Canadian Air Force
100th ARW commander takes first flight at RAF Mildenhall

7th September 2021

BA unveils special livery
Ryanair stops negotiations with Boeing
Air Arabia launches new airline in Pakistan
Support aircraft SWAFHF
Another Luftwaffe A310 withdrawn from use
JMSDF P-1 veered off runway
First FAMET CH-47F
First Luftwaffe A321neo
Aircraft Lands Aboard GHWB
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Conducts Night Time Flight Operations
First ‘Sea Sultan’ Maritime Patrol Aircraft Joins Pakistan Navy
The 46th Expeditionary Attack Squadron takes flight with the MQ-9 Reaper
At next Project Convergence, 7 scenarios will test American tech against adversaries
New US Air Force study asks: What’s the right number of F-35s?
‘No plans’ to fit refuelling boom system to Voyager
B-2 Stealth Bomber on exercise over the North Sea
UK seeking Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

5th September 2021

Emirates resumes flagship A380 flights to Manchester
This Video Of A Red Bull Stunt Pilot Flying Through Two Tunnels Is Absolutely Bonkers
Mystery Flying Wing Aircraft Photographed Over The Philippines
Date: 04-SEP-2021
Time: c. 09:15
Type: Cessna R182 Skylane RG II
Owner/operator: Pink Aviation Services
Registration: OK-OOO
MSN: R18201281
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category: Accident
Location: near Dingolfing Airfield (EDPD) – Germany
Phase: Take off
Nature: Parachuting
Departure airport: Dingolfing Airfield (EDPD)
Narrative: The pilot aborted the takeoff due to low speed and the airplane came to the rest inverted.
Four of the five occupants were injured.
Date: 04-SEP-2021
Time: 15:50 BST
Type: Boeing A75N1 Stearman
Owner/operator: AeroSuperBatics WingWalkers
Registration: N707TJ
MSN: 75-950
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Sea, Chain Ferry Slipway, off Sandbanks, near Poole, Dorset – United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature: Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport: Bournemouth International Airport (BOH/EGHH)
Narrative: Stearman N707TJ reported engine problems and crashed into water off Sandbanks. The wingwalker aircraft was participating in the Bournemouth Air Festival 2021 and came down away from the display area. A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “We received a report at 3.50pm on Saturday 4 September 2021 that a small aircraft had crashed into the water in the Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour.
“Emergency services are at the scene. The aircraft was part of the Bournemouth Air Festival flight schedule with two people reported to be onboard. Both occupants have been rescued and are reported to have sustained minor injuries. They are receiving treatment by the ambulance service.
An investigation is under way and we would please ask members of the public to avoid the area and harbour to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. A police cordon is currently in place. The Bournemouth Air Festival flying schedule has been suspended for today.”
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service added: “At 3.52pm this afternoon, through the joint command structure in place for the Bournemouth Air Festival, we were made aware of a light aircraft crash near Sandbanks. Firefighters from Poole and Westbourne attended this incident alongside our Technical Rescue team from Poole.
When fire crews arrived the two passengers of the plane were out of the aircraft and receiving treatment. Firefighters were required on scene to support partners, provide scene and traffic control. The stop message was received at 4.18pm.”
Command chief reflects on Red Tails connection
Rocket ‘terminated’ in fiery explosion over Pacific Ocean
P-8 Poseidon facility at RAF Lossiemouth named

4th September 2021

Slovak Military Refutes Claim That One Of Their Special Operators Was On One Of The Last C-17s Out Of Kabul
Date: 03-SEP-2021
Time: c. 14:00 LT
Type: Diamond DA40NG Diamond Star
Owner/operator: Escola de Aviacao Aerocondor
Registration: G-CTSR
MSN: 40.N304
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category: Accident
Location: near Cranfield Airport (EGTC), Cranfield, Bedfordshire –   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature: Training
Departure airport: Cranfield Airport (EGTC)
Destination airport: Cranfield Airport (EGTC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative: A Diamond DA40NG Diamond Star crashed short of the runway at Cranfield Airport (EGTC), Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Both occupants were uninjured.
Date: 03-SEP-2021
Time: c. 12:03
Type: Cessna 182D Skylane
Owner/operator: Paper Plane LLC
Registration: N9114W
MSN: 18253219
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: near Blake Field Airport (AJZ/KAJZ), Delta, CO – United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Delta-Blake Field, CO (KAJZ)
Destination airport: Delta-Blake Field, CO (KAJZ)
Narrative: The aircraft sustained substantial damage subsequent to a noseover during the forced landing to farm field terrain in Delta County, Colorado, following a loss of engine power near Blake Field Airport (AJZ/KAJZ), Delta, Colorado. The sole pilot onboard the airplane was not injured.
Date: 03-SEP-2021
Time: c. 11:20
Type: Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking
Owner/operator: Lamina LLC
Registration: N15DQ
MSN: 75-30773
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location: S of General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8), Hurricane, UT – United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Meadow Lake Airport, CO (KFLY)
Destination airport: General Dick Stout Field Airport, UT (1L8)
Narrative: The aircraft sustained minor damage subsequent to the forced landing in a field South of General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8), Hurricane, Utah. The sole pilot onboard the airplane was not injured during the incident.
Date: 03-SEP-2021
Time: 12:27 LT
Type: Van’s RV-8
Owner/operator: Private
Registration: N388RV
MSN: 80787
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: W of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, FL – United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL (LNA/KLNA)
Destination airport: Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL (LNA/KLNA)
Narrative: An experimental Van’s RV-8, kit built by Stephen Ave, received substantial damage during the forced landing to racetrack terrain West of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. There were no reported injuries.
Kentucky Air Guard plays key role in Afghan evacuation
The Air Force is fighting in-flight physiological issues but can’t end them, Pentagon watchdog says
House lawmakers want to force the Pentagon to lower F-35 sustainment costs in order to buy more aircraft
AF Week in Photos

3rd September 2021

Air Wisconsin to enter cargo market
Griffin orders B737MAX
Kazakhstan orders Airbus A400M
Let’s Take Our First Look At Kratos’ Airwolf Tactical Drone
The Air Force Is Developing Smart Bombs With ‘Torpedo-Like’ Ship Killing Capability
Date: 02-SEP-2021
Time: 16:05
Type: Beechcraft G58 Baron
Owner/operator: Usinas Itamarati SA
Registration: PR-HKM
MSN: TH-2205
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location: Marechal Rondon Int. Airport (CGB/SBCY), Várzea Grande, MT –   Brazil
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Destination airport: Cuiabá-Marechal Rondon International Airport, MT (CGB/SBCY)
Narrative: A private Beechcraft Baron G58 made an emergency belly landing at Cuiabá – Marechal Rondon International Airport. Emergency crews were quickly mobilised shortly after the landing and helped the five people to exit the plane unharmed.
MQ-9B SeaGuardian Flies from UK to the Netherlands
352d Special Operations Wing Deploys to Ukraine
House lawmakers want to force the Pentagon to lower F-35 sustainment costs in order to buy more aircraft
Air Force chief software officer knocks DoD as he departs
France, Germany launch joint tactical air squadron and training center

2nd September 2021

Nigerian Air Force Super Tucano officially inducted
Colombian Air Force opts for more T-6 Texan IIs
Date: 01-SEP-2021
Time: c. 13:00
Type: Cessna 152
Owner/operator: Skyquest Aviation Ltd
Registration: C-GTYI
MSN: 15283395
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category: Accident
Location: Langley Regional Airport (YLY/CYNJ), BC – Canada
Phase: Take off
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Langley Regional Airport, BC (YLY/CYNK)
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Narrative: The aircraft failed to takeoff and nosed over on takeoff from Langley Regional Airport (YLY/CYNJ), British Columbia, Canada. The sole pilot onboard received minor injuries.
Date: 01-SEP-2021
Time: c. 13:00
Type: Beechcraft 58 Baron
Owner/operator: N51FD LLC
Registration: N51FD
MSN: TH-1075
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location: Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB/KBHB), ME – United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, (WFK/KFVE
Destination airport: Bar Harbor Airport, ME (BHB/KBHB)
Narrative: Upon landing the airplane sustained a nose landing gear collapse at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB/KBHB), Maine. The three occupants remained unhurt.
Top defense leaders kick off new phase for Europe’s next-gen fighter
RAF Leeming welcomes first Qatari Hawks

1st September 2021

Athens Flying Week
Taliban Show Off Captured Aircraft And Other Spoils After Taking Over Kabul’s Airport (Updated)
F-35 Not as Survivable as Previously Hoped, HASC Chair Says
Date: 31-AUG-2021
Time: c. 17:54
Type: Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP
Owner/operator: Maya Aircraft Holdings LLC
Registration: N916BA
MSN: 172S9116
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: Knox County Regional Airport (RKD/KRKD), ME – United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Orlando Sanford International Airport, FL (SFB/KSFB)
Destination airport: Rockland-Knox County Regional Airport, ME (RKD/KRKD)
Narrative: The pilot lost control of the airplane when landing at Knox County Regional Airport (RKD/KRKD), Maine. The Cessna 172S Skyhawk SPstruck a sign and the left main landing gear was torn off. Both occupants were not injured.
Construction, renovation, unit moves solidify Grand Forks AFB’s role as the center of the service’s ISR mission
UK to bring forward Hawk T1 retirement
UK ‘ready for air strikes’ to target ISIS-K in Afghanistan
US, Australian forces strengthen coalition air dominance in Red Flag-Alaska 21-3