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World Airline Passenger Ranking for 2021: Cirium analysis

In this month’s catch-up with the Cirium team, chief of strategy Kevin O’Toole looks back at how the world’s largest airlines fared during the pandemic

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Which missiles will revolutionise air warfare in the future?

New aircraft may steal the headlines and pilots may be played by movie stars but it’s the weapons that are going to make the difference, Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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Arrival of PC-21 ushers in new era of aircrew training for Spain

AirForces Monthly reports on Spain’s newly acquired Pilatus PC-21 fleet as it formally takes over the Spanish Air and Space Force’s basic flying training mission from the C-101EB Aviojet

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UK’s deadliest air accident: Staines Air Disaster

Exactly five decades after from the Staines Air Disaster, Stephen Skinner recounts the background and subsequent investigation into the UK’s deadliest air accident

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How is Iran revolutionising its aerial firefighting capabilities?

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been tasked with tackling wildfires. Combat Aircraft Journal examines how their role has grown as incidents increase

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The transformation of the US Navy Boeing E-6 Mercury

Its name may have changed early in its career, but the Boeing E-6 has since undergone further, more significant transformations. Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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Flying onboard a Boeing 747SP: Stargazing with SOFIA

NASA’s iconic Boeing 747SP made significant contributions to our study of the cosmos, but budgetary constraints have brought its mission to a premature end. In part two of this feature, Bernd Sturm recounts his recent experience stargazing with SOFIA.

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Airbus A380 cockpit explained

In a 2020 special publication on the A380, Mark Broadbent looked in detail at the Super Jumbo’s cockpit

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Demise of a Giant – what killed the A380?

Lack of customers precipitated the termination of the A380 super jumbo programme after only two decades. In a special publication on the A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton looked at the reasons why

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process