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22 March 2017 | RAF

End of an era for RAF Lossiemouth Tornados

XV(Reserve) Squadron, the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit, completed its final formal flying on Friday 17 March 2017.

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13 August 2017 | Google News

Solo Turk and Saudi Hawks to participate in PAF's Aug 14 air show

ISLAMABAD: Aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be performing in the biggest show by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the country’s history to mark its 70th anniversary on Monday.

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11 August 2017 | ACC

F-35As fly in weapons evaluation

Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings supported and flew their F-35A Lightning II aircraft during Combat Hammer, the first operational air-to-ground weapons evaluation for the Air Force’s newest fighter jets.

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10 August 2017 | Flight Global

USAF returns mothballed Raptor to fleet

The US Air Force has taken a Lockheed Martin F-22 out of storage and plans to return the Raptor to flying status by the end of this year, a USAF source has confirmed to FlightGlobal.

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9 August 2017 | Air Forces Monthly

First flight for Slovak Spartan

The first C-27J Spartan for the Slovak Air Force completed its maiden at Leonardo’s production facility at Turin-Caselle Airport on August 7. It wears the experimental serial CSX62302 and yellow primer paint. On December 22, 2008 it was announced by the…Read more ›

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7 August 2017 | Air Forces Monthly

Germany leases M28 Skytrucks

In a surprise move, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) has revealed a lease deal for two M28 Skytrucks. German evaluation of the twin-turboprop has been going on for some time. In Luftwaffe service the M28 will be mainly used for parachute jump training. A first Skytruck has apparently already been handed over while a second aircraft is still at PZL awaiting delivery.

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4 August 2017 | ACC

8th Fighter Squadron reactivated after six years

The Black Sheep have returned. The 8th Fighter Squadron was reactivated at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 4, 2017, six years after its last inactivation May 13, 2011. [...] 8th FS will now maintain and pilot F-16 fighter jets, with its sister squadrons, the 311th FS and 314th FS here.

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3 August 2017 | Flight Global

US approves A-29 sale to Nigeria despite concerns

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the previous administration over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians. The department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sale on 2 August. The package includes the aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts and facilities to support the programme, according to a 3 August announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. In January 2017, a Nigerian Air Force fighter bombed a northeast refugee camp near the border with Cameroon, which reportedly killed at least 100 civilians. The attack prompted the Obama administration to put the Super Tucano sale on hold. The Trump Administration restarted the approval process a few months later, pushing for the sale to support Nigeria’s fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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2 August 2017 | RAF

RAF Sentinel aircraft returns from the Middle East

A Royal Air Force Sentinel R1 aircraft based at RAF Waddington, was today welcomed back following the latest successful mission supporting the coalition in the fight against Daesh in the Middle East. The 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron aircraft landed today after eight weeks away where the crew have been supporting coalition operations by supplying information that ensures the strikes carried out by the RAF and other coalition aircraft are accurate.

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31 July 2017 | Combat Aircraft

USAF 550th Fighter Squadron ‘Silver Eagles’ back in business

The active duty Air Force detachment at Kingsley Field, Oregon, has been designated as the 550th Fighter Squadron following an activation ceremony at Kingsley Field, July 21, 2017. In 2014, the detachment was activated as a part of the Total Force Integration (TFI), which brought active-duty F-15C/D Eagle airman to Kingsley Field for the first time. They were originally designated as Detachment 2, 56th Operations Group.

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28 July 2017 | Boeing

Boeing improves Chinook for CH-47F Block II

The U.S. Army’s Chinook Block II program to extend production and fleet’s lifespan of the CH-47F. Boeing has recently been awarded a $276 million Army contract to fund the building and testing of three helicopters to validate Block II enhancements. An improved drivetrain will transfer greater power from the engines to the all-new, swept-tip Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades, which have been engineered to lift 1,500 additional pounds on their own. The current configuration of six fuel tanks – three on each side – will become two, allowing the aircraft to carry more fuel and shed weight. Additionally, the fuselage’s structure will be strengthened in critical areas to allow the aircraft to carry additional payload.

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