Airforce News

On this page you will find news from the world’s airforces including first flights, latest deployments, procurement programs, weapon upgrades, training and technology, fleet retirements, the changing operational theatres and missions.

Whether it is the RAF, France’s Armée de l’air or the United States Airforce, airforces around the world are buying new platforms, choosing between legacy fleets, which maybe Russian, European or American, and building their own domestic capabilities in sub-systems, missiles or whole aircraft.

Whether the manufacturing contracts are for domestic or foreign firms, worldwide instability is driving airforce fleet renewals, recapitalisation and investment in support infrastructure, military technology, offensive and defensive systems, from missiles, super and hypersonic, to chaff and directed infra-red countermeasures.

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Epic 400-mile flight in a crippled Lancaster 

In the December 2009 FlyPast Graham Pitchfork detailed a crew’s 400-mile flight in a badly damaged Lancaster

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Highway Hornets: How does Finland train its F/A-18 pilots for dispersed ops?

AirForces Monthly hit the road to join the Finnish Air Force as it practised its long tradition of flying its F/A-18s from the country’s main dual carriageways

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Lancaster wireless operator recollections: Standout wartime sorties 

John Elliott was a Lancaster wireless operator; in the January 2013 issue of FlyPast he shared his memories with Steve Bond

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Profiling four Lancaster aircrew who epitomise bravery

In the October 2013 issue of FlyPast Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork examined four very different Lancaster aircrew, each of whom excelled at ‘pressing on’

XQ-58 Valkyrie arrives at Eglin AFB

In early November, the 40th Flight Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, received its newest aircraft - the first of two government-owned Kratos XQ-58A Valkyries, which is scheduled to perform its first test flight from Eglin at the end of February 2023

Greek fighters train with France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

Hellenic Air Force fighters conducted a joint training operation with the French Navy's Task Force 473 escort group, led by France’s flagship aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), from November 23-25

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The relentless Lancaster raids on Hitler’s battleship Tirpitz 

Massive resources were employed to destroy the battleship Tirpitz. After three raids dropping Tallboys, 9 Squadron was credited with delivering the mortal blow. Andy Thomas detailed the raids in a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster

Swiss F/A-18s return to Leeming for Yorknite 2022

From November 15 to December 9, Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornets are operating from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire for Exercise Yorknite 2022

Australia completes first major international F-35A deployment

The RAAF has marked a major milestone in its operation of the F-35A Lightning II after aircraft from No 75 Squadron departed RAAF Base Tindal in Australia’s Northern Territory to Malaysia, where it completed the type's first international deployment (outside the US) in Australian service

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Learning to fly the Lancaster: BBMF pilot insights 

Flight Lieutenant Seb Davey joined the Battle of Britain Memorial
Flight as a Dakota captain and Lancaster co-pilot for the 2013 season. 

Your source for all the latest Airforce and military aircraft news

As the latest fifth-generation platform, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is in use globally for international partner airforces, from the United States Airforce (USAF) to the RAF and the Australian airforce, the sixth-generation fighters are already on the drawing board.

Find out which airforces are looking at virtual cockpits, networked platforms and piloted aircraft working with drone wingmen for the stealth fighters of the 2030s and discover which airforces are planning to replace their existing fleets with the fighter planes of the future.

Military Aircraft Retirement and Technology Updates

International forces around the world are deploying military aircraft manufactured in France, Russia and America including aircraft from Saab, France’s Dassault Rafale, Russian Mig-29s and the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which it will operate for years to come.

What will also be flying well into the next decade is the USAF’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter. The next decade will also see the USAF’s newest stealth bomber, the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider enter service, while the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber will be in its seventh decade of operational service after refurbishments and restorations. This page is the only place you need to be to find out all the latest news on retirements and new deployments.

Be the first to find out which existing platforms such as France’s Dassault Mirage 2000 light weight jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon are facing the need for wholesale technology updates. The Eurofighter is being upgraded for an electronic warfare role in the 2020s and the USAF is improving some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons with F-35 fifth generation technology.

From restorations to retirement and procurement, international projects for new networked technologies including piloted and autonomous platforms and the contracts to manufacture them, all of this fast-moving defence aviation news and analysis can be found here.

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