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Stunning photos of the RAeS Garden Party 1956

A delightful day’s flying, courtesy the Royal Aeronautical Society — and one that could almost be repeated in the present

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Insights from a real TOPGUN instructor

Retired US Navy CDR Jim ‘Jambo’ Ray shares some of his experiences as a TOPGUN instructor with Dr Kevin Wright

TOPGUN shares access to the Super Hornet with NAWDC’s other components, but on occasion borrows aircraft from other units. Those include VFA-106, one of which squadron’s F/A-18Fs is seen here during a training mission at El Centro, California. US Navy Feature Premium

TOPGUN Aircraft: Super Hornet

Like the Hornet before it, the Super Hornet’s arrival into US Navy service was via a somewhat unusual route. Today it delivers world-class capability from the carrier deck

NAWDC operates previously embargoed F-16A/B Block 15 OCUs as part of its adversary fleet. US Department of Defense Feature Premium

TOPGUN Today

More than 50 years after its formation, TOPGUN adheres to the same basic tenet of delivering excellence to the Fleet

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet vs Super Hornet: what's the difference?

Tom Kaminski assesses the US Navy’s Hornets and Super Hornets and compares their capabilities.

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What happened to the 'Thistle Squadron'?

The so-called ‘Thistle Squadron’ was the first in the Belgium Air Force earmarked to receive the new Hawker Hurricane. Col Michel ‘Mike’ Terlinden and Daniel Brackx recount the story

An A-4E ‘Mongoose’ (the unofficial name for this sub-type) awaits its next sortie from Naval Air Station Miramar. These jets were fast and manoeuvrable, making them excellent adversaries. US NAVY Feature Premium

TOPGUN - The early years

Marcelo Ribeiro marked the 50th anniversary of the US Navy’s iconic dissimilar air combat training squadron – TOPGUN – in 2019 by exploring its formative years

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What is the real TOPGUN like?

The long-awaited sequel to the movie Top Gun will be a Hollywood depiction of what happens at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School. Jamie Hunter and Richard Collens tell the story of the real TOPGUN — a school of combat excellence in the high desert

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Lufthansa’s early Boeing 727 operations

Lufthansa was the first airline in Europe to fly the Boeing 727 and ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ December 31, 1964 issue looked at the type’s first seven months of operations with the German carrier

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The future is electric

As operators bid to be ever more sustainable, electric buses...