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First flight for Polish Navy’s lead AW101

The Polish Navy’s lead AW101 helicopter performed its first flight on July 19, demonstrating functional checks of the main airframe and control system in addition to engine-handling checks to monitor the speed range of the aircraft

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MAKS 21: Russia unveils Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’ light fighter

After days of hype, Russia has officially revealed a full-scale mock-up of its new stealthy, single-engine, fifth-generation lightweight fighter, dubbed the Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’, but also referred to as the Legkiy Takticheskiy Samolet (LTS, Tactical Light Aircraft)

Nigerian Alpha Jet crashes in Zamfara

A Nigerian Air Force-operated Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet A/N jet trainer/light attack aircraft crashed in the country’s north-western Zamfara state after being hit by intense ground fire from bandits

Automated vehicle to launch at Swissport’s Frankfurt facility

The AGV is expected to improve the safety of transportation processes by using data-based controls to regulate operations

Lisbon Airport resumes service after strikes

While luggage handlers have since returned to work, the union plans to hold further strikes on July 29 and August 2 to protest against staff shortages and lack of pay

Southampton Airport celebrates new routes

Both Eastern Airways and BA CityFlyer have introduced flights from the southern coast

Ryanair adds three destinations from Belfast

The airline’s new services have completed its portfolio of routes from the hub

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Fresh paint scheme for USNTPS T-38A Talon

A Northrop T-38A Talon from the US Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, has been rolled out of the maintenance facility at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, sporting a smart new colour scheme

RAF Typhoons test tactical refuelling concept in Norway

RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have completed a proof of concept exercise in Norway, which tested tactical ground-based refuelling capabilities at a dispersed forward operating location

Boeing delivers 43 military aircraft in Q2

Boeing delivered 43 military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in Q2 2021, which when combined with Q1 figures provide a year-to-date handover of 85 platforms to a variety of US-based and international operators