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Described as a ‘royal merciless game-changer’, the Sukhoi Su-30 ‘Flanker’ is a monster: a long-ranged, well armed, unbeatably manoeuvrable fighter uniquely equipped with 3D thrust-vectoring control (TVC) enabling it to perform seemingly impossible aerobatics in the sky. We spoke to  IAF Gp Capt Anurag Sharma to learn more about flying and fighting in the Russian […]
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The JF-17 Thunder is one of the rarest and least known fighter aircraft in the world. Operated solely by the Pakistan Air Force*, it is a capable fighter in the same class as the F-16. On conditions of anonymity, we spoke to one JF-17 pilot to learn more.  The views expressed are not the official […]
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What is the best looking aircraft currently in production? Have your say. Answer in comments section. Categories (must currently be in production) 1. Fighter 2. Frontline military (non-fighter) 3. Military transport 4. Military other 5. Military STOVL 6. Military helicopters 7. Military trainers/LIFT 8. Airliners (larger) 9. Airliners (smaller) 10. Business jet 11. Amphibious/seaplanes/flying boats […]
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Regional manager of a medium-sized carburettor company, Ian Burchill, still refers to British defence giant BAE System as ‘BAe’ despite its ‘e’ becoming an ‘E’ almost twenty years ago.  Speaking in anonymity from his Lincolnshire home, a colleague of Ian reported Mr Burchill’s misdemeanours to Hush-Kit. “He likes to talk about planes when he’s drunk […]
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  Jack ‘Whopper’ McCain followed in the footsteps of his father (the war hero and senator John McCain), grandfather and great-grandfather, when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Here he describes taking the MH-60S ‘Sierra’ helicopter into combat in Afghanistan.  “Even the routine flights where I was teaching students to land in the dust […]
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  “My favourite fighter was the Spitfire VIII with clipped wings. It had power and good armament. It could roll quickly and out-turn any enemy fighter we encountered.”   —  Robert Bracken, Spitfire, The Canadians “The Mk VIII lacks the fame of its relatives.  It did not fight in the Battle of Britain as did the Mk I and […]
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Hindsight is a glorious thing. From the safe distance of several decades it is blindingly obvious that many of the aircraft thrown into the maelstrom of combat during the Second World War were worse than useless and should never have been built (Messerschmitt Komet, Blackburn Roc, Breda 88, I’m looking at you). Rarer and more […]
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In 1971, Indian Air Force Gnats fought Pakistan’s Sabres in ferocious bloody dogfights. Despite only weighing the same as a a Dodge Durango, the tiny jet fighter proved a formidable machine. We spoke to IAF Wing Commander Sunith Francis Soares about flying and fighting in the Gnat. The Gnat was conceived by the British designer, ‘Teddy’ […]
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The Airport Raids of 1781 remain the least reported chapter in the American Revolutionary War. We asked war historian Stephen Murlow to tell us more.  “George Washington knew the British were using Los Angeles International and O’Hare Airport to resupply their forces and facilitate their vacations. In August, the combined Franco-American army moved south to […]
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  For many in Britain, a nation saved by air power in World War II, military aircraft are colossally symbolic. The wartime Spitfire and Lancaster were figureheads for British pride, and throughout the 1950s, the nation’s futuristic jets were much trumpeted. Here, in thundering rivetted aluminium, was a tangible reminder that this was a technologically advanced superpower. The future […]

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