Aviation news

19th January 2021

Ukraine plans revival of the production of the An-74 cargo aircraft

New Hawker Hunter twoseater for Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation

Breaking: B-1 Lancer deployment to Europe

Eurofighter Typhoon: a Test Pilot’s Tale

“Legion 15”: The Story Of The Italian Air Force Tornado IDS Shot Down During Operation Desert Storm

RAF delivering almost 20,000 vaccine doses to Gibraltar

American Patrol Aircraft continue patrols from Scotland

Could Protector augment Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft?

Air Traffic Controller Saved CV-22 Osprey Crew

18th January 2021

USAF’s Raider later than planned

RSAF G550 tail flash

Slovenia will order a C-27J

Lockheed Martin Progressing Towards LRASM Integration on F-35

New Details About The Advanced Radar That Will Equip Tempest 6th Gen. Aircraft Revealed By Leonardo’s Engineers

17th January 2021

HAF F-16V test bed maiden flight after upgrade

Jordan sells C295 transporters to Myanmar in controversial deal

EAHK H135s still operational

Second Uruguayan Naval Aviation AB412 arrived

U.S. helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

Aerovironment buys Arcturus UAV in $405M deal

Second B-21 Raider Under Construction As The First One Approaches Roll-Out In Early 2022

RAF C-17 Trained For The First Time To Operate From Austere Runways

Pentagon and Lockheed agree $1.28bn F-35 sustainment

US Awards $325m modification work for J-STARS

The RAF remembers the beginning of Operation Granby

48th FW conducts ACE exercise

AF Week in Photos

100th ARW fuels Black Sea mission

Australia to Replace Tigers with Apaches

15th January 2021

First Flyvevåbnet pilot flies F-35A Lightning II

Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian winner of Australian Defence’s LAND 4503 project

Russian helicopters in the Central African Republic

Major military aviation industry proposal from France to India

Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Indian government clears $6.5 billion deal for homemade Tejas fighter jets

NORAD Conducts Planned “Falcon Virgo” Air Defense Exercise Over Washington D.C. Area.

QinetiQ wins Typhoon combat aircraft contract worth £127m

France to purchase three E-2D advanced Hawkeyes

New £76m contract to enhance F-35 support at RAF Marham

Royal Air Force Chinooks conduct heavy lift operations in Mali

Bell V-280 Agility Testing

14th January 2021

Russian military revised plans for a future special-purpose gunship

IKE heads for COMPTUEX and new deployment

Russian Air Force MiG-29s re-appear in Syria

Final approvals India for Tejas LCA and Airbus C295

First two of fourteen new-built Dutch CH-47F have arrived in Belgium

JSTARS continues

Lots of Dollars

Mali receives new Mi-35M

Austrian Saab finds home at Flying Bulls

USS John Finn (DDG 113) Conducts Routine Operations

The Russian S-70 Okhotnik UCAV Struck Ground Targets With Unguided Bombs During Weapons Testing

F-35Bs Armed With Gun Pod Continue Supporting Operation Octave Quartz With Armed Aerial Patrols over Somalia

Italian Navy Cavour Aircraft Carrier To Start F-35B STOVL Aircraft Qualifications With The U.S. Marine Corps Next Month

US says ‘no stronger defence relationship’ than with UK

£76m contract boosts F-35 Lightning fleet support

390th ECS Captain becomes first Airman to graduate from Navy Weapon School

13th January 2021

Brazil’s KC-390 in US exercise ‘Culminating’

Upcoming deployment of the Charles de Gaulle

Irianian Navy helicopters

Plus twelve

Liberty Wing selected as CINC finalist

Merlin helicopter declares emergency after departing Culdrose

RAF regiment remembers 20th anniversary of Sierra Leone parachute drop

12th January 2021

RSAF H225M at Marignane

Due on Inauguration Day: An acquisition strategy for the Air Force’s next-gen battle management system

BAE Systems to support U.S. Harrier fleet to 2029

Typhoon jet scrambled to intercept civilian aircraft

UK defence equipment plan ‘remains unaffordable’

Decision on reduction of E-7 Wedgetail order ‘due soon’

Royal Air Force podcast to lift lid on life in the Force

11th January 2021

The resurrection of USAF Stratofortresses, there is more to it

The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is seen at Everett/Snohomish County-Paine Field (WA). On 8 January 2021, Daniel Gorun photographed the Boeing with almost perfect light conditions.

On 7 January 2021, two Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing flew towards the Middle East to conduct training operations with Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) F-15SA Eagles and USAF F-16CM Fighting Falcons.

Artists in the sky and on the ground…

F-35 Operations Onboard USS America (LHA 6)

American tanker declares emergency over England

RAF deliver COVID19 vaccine to Gibraltar

Air Force participates in B-21 Beddown Construction Industry Day

Reserve Centralized Repair Facility provides strategic depth

100th ARW conducts first USAFE KC-135 hot-pit refuel

9th January 2021

Low level Kuwaiti F/A-18E

Japanese MH-53Es in the USA

First French Air Force Mirage 2000D MLU handed over

Bye bye 614

First Boeing 737NG for RAF’s Wedgetail programme arrived

Pentagon’s first demo of small counter-drone tech set for spring

UAE’s F-35 contracts expected to be signed before end of Trump administration

Irish military concerned UK rescue aircraft could ‘collect intelligence’

British Maritime Patrol Aircraft fleet busy over North Sea

AF Year in Photos

Around the Air Force: COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout, and Airman Mentorship

7th January 2021

Fagen Fighters’ Hellcat first flight

Indian Navy Ilyushin Il-38SD preserved

Glimpse of Chinese H-20

The short life of a reconnaissance Voodoo

Twenty-three F-16IQs perform in fly-over

Blue Angels arrive at NAF El Centro

Lockheed C-130H Hercules re-delivered to Niger

Z-11 Whisky Bravo will enter Chinese army service soon

C-130 TACAMO is back!

Marshall wins a contract to maintain Norwegian and Danish C-130Js

US approves sale of new and remanufactured Apaches to Kuwait

VAQ-135 Growler Takes off from Misawa Air Base

USS New Orleans Flight Operations and GQ Drill

Two B-52H bombers regenerated to active service undergoing simultaneous maintenance at Tinker’s Air Logistics Complex

US Strategic Command chief defends ICBM replacement program

Air Force bases MQ-9 Reapers in Romania

Saab nabs $1 billion deal for two more GlobalEye planes to the United Arab Emirates

Greece And Israel Will Establish A Joint Flight School With T-6 Texan II And M-346 Master Trainer Aircraft

BAE receive contract to demo new countermeasure system

RAF Voyagers support French mission to Djibouti

£550m F-35 missile contract signed

4th January 2021

2020 revealed some nice Chinese gems. Depicted is a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN, China Naval Aviation) Xian H-6J bomber. The H-6J, with serial number 9081 and construction number 24J009, belongs to the Southern Theater Command’s 1st Independent Bomber Regiment and is based at Guiping/Mengshu.

First AW169 LUH (UH-169) for the Guardia di Finanza?

UAE follow-on contract for GlobalEye

UK’s Carrier Strike Group has reached Initial Operating Capability

First TNI-AD Bell 412EPi

South Korea LPX-II

US Navy plans upgrade of former Swiss Tiger IIs

Last flight Austrian Saab J105OË

Transiting multiple European airports, a new USSOCOM secretive Beech 300 series aircraft has arrived in Iraq (As shown on this site in Around the UK just before Christmas on the 20-26th page)

Up Close And Personal With The Mi-24D “Hind” Gunship Helicopter Used As Threat Simulation Aircraft For U.S. Forces

British Typhoons fly with German jets

Newly-acquired AFRL test aircraft to aid personnel recovery research

Improved Nacelles for USAF CV-22 Osprey

1st January 2021

Check Out This Photo Of A U.S. AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship Refueling At Night In The Persian Gulf Area

How the RAF turned the Swiss Air Force into a 24/7 force

Swiss Air Force to move to 24 hour availability

Around the Air Force: ABMS scale-up, C-130J base selections, and E-Sports

On 14 December 2020, the first Ejército del Aire (EdA, Spanish Air Force) Pilatus PC-21 conducted its maiden flight from the Pilatus Flugzeugwerke factory, Stans/Buochs (Switzerland)

A look at 2020 for the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade

New in 2021: Older planes bound for the Boneyard

First AW169 In New Advanced Light Utility Helicopter Configuration Begins Flight Testing

NATO jets intercept ‘hundreds’ of Russian aircraft in 2020

Lieutenants at DLIELC first women in Chad Air Force to become pilots

AH-64E Apache for Kuwait

31st December 2020

Pakistan inducts 14 JF-17Bs and starts Block III JF-17 Thunder production

From virtual to reality: F-35A, B-2 conduct joint training mission

First Serial Production Su-57 Felon Delivered To The Russian Aerospace Forces

Royal Air Force Disbands Historical D-Day Group

30th December 2020

CANSOFCOM’s new King Airs

RAAF plans for two more P-8A Poseidon MPAs

New arrival for Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica

Israeli Air Force One grounded due to economic crisis and Covid-19 pandemic

USS Nimitz Replenishment-At-Sea

USAF and the new Flags, “Accelerate Change or Lose”

Sterett Conducts Flight Operations and VERTREP

COVID-19 pandemic keeps Lockheed from meeting F-35 delivery goal in 2020

29th December 2020

Florida Makos return to Europe

The M-139 Volcano Mine Delivery System, originally built in the 1980s and ’90s, has been in storage for more than 20 years.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A fleet has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

28th December 2020

China Marines Corps expands with an Aviation Brigade

Final flight for Belgian Air Force Airbus A321

Series Su-57 flies to Zhukovsky

Two Beechcraft B300ER Scorpion reconnaissance aircraft for Kazakhstan

First Flight of Spitfire TB252

The future of test: Black Flag

Tyndall AFB holds joint Weapons System Evaluation Program

Operation Nightstorm Exercise in Texas

27th December 2020

First flight second prototype Brave Eagle

Royal Thai Navy Do228s sighted in Germany

Always Ready: 86th AES executes NPC-L training mission

Self-Protection Suite for Spanish NH90

24th December 2020

F fifteen!

24th Tactical Air Support Squadron: Inactivated

Farewell to Spanish Air Force Lockheed Hercules

First Belgian Air Force Airbus A400M delivered

New aircraft for RTAF

French Navy’s Upgraded ATL2 MPA Reaches IOC

L3Harris secures US Navy Next Generation Jammer capability contract

UH-60 Black Hawk training operations at Fort McCoy

185th ARW KC-135 Bat tail flash

MacDill integrates training with Barksdale AFB B-52s

Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing dedicates KC-135 flagship in honor of Fairbanks community

494th FS weapons officer receives the USAF Weapons School Robbie Risner Award

First Two T-345 Trainers Delivered To The Italian Air Force

UK selling off Sentinel and Sentry aircraft

Christmas comes early for Spitfire pilot as RAF replace stolen heirloom

JB Charleston delivers aid to Belize during holidays

Eielson AFB exercises rapid combat readiness, demonstrates arctic ability

Acting defense secretary visits RAF Mildenhall

NH90 Replaced CH-53 in Afghanistan

First Flights for Qatar NH90s

HForce for Hungary’s H145M

US Army Helicopter Flight Training Services

Boeing Renews Apache Support Contract

200 Flight Hours for Bell V-280 Valor

19th December 2020

Naval Aviation Training Next – Project Avenger ground school

Fox Fox! Tyndall F-22’s test AIM-9 missiles

Shaw starts new training initiative: Superfront

355th Fighter Squadron reactivates, Alaska’s second F-35A squadron

Here’s why the Valkyrie drone couldn’t translate between F-35 and F-22 jets during a recent test

RAF surveillance fleet to be based in Moray

AF Week in Photos

Kirtland AFB Welcomes HH-60W

17th December 2020

Airlifter of the Week: 424th ABS NCO integral to training capabilities

555th FS, ITAF participate in ACE exercise at Rivolto Air Base

Contracted Adversary Air Training comes to Tyndall

Russia is developing a helicopter drone to destroy other drones

Eurofighter Typhoon Delivers a Further Boost to the UK Economy

Israeli Air Force F-15D Launched A Blue Sparrow Ballistic Test Target During Latest “David’s Sling” Interception Test

“Wise Guy” is Back! Regenerated After 10 Years At the “Boneyard” B-52H Flies Again After PDM at Tinker AFB

RAF Leeming awarded the Stainforth Trophy

UK and French Exercise Joint Quick Reaction Alert interception capability

Hurricane Hunters hunt first winter storm of the season

16th December 2020

The F-35?s interoperability tech strengthens US alliances

First C-27J Next Generation Spotted With Brand New Camouflage Color Scheme

AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence

MH-60R wins South Korean bid for 12 ASW helicopters

15th December 2020

914th Airmen return home from first KC-135 mission deployment

Team Eglin units, efforts key to Emerald Flag success

48th FW conducts live missile fire

“Fox 3”: F-14 Tomcat RIO Gives Intense First-Hand Account Of AIM-54 Phoenix Missile Launch

Here’s The Photo Of An F/A-18E Super Hornet Launching From A Ski Jump During Indian Navy Demo Earlier This Year

Spain Is Now Officially The Third Nation Of The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Programme

Joint RAF-Qatari Squadron fly over 60 missions during exercise in Qatar

Eglin Air Force Base key to Emerald Flag success

gatewayONE and attritableONE test moves joint force one step closer to “IoT.mil,” demonstrates F-22, F-35 first secure bi-directional data sharing

B-1B Lancer completes successful external release demonstration

100th ARW conducts flight operations

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