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Airbus A400M performs successful air-to-air refuelling test with two F-18s

In the course of four flights, the A400M performed 74 contacts and dispensed 27.2 metric ton of fuel to the Spanish Air Force aircraft. Refuelling was conducted at altitudes of 20,000ft - 33,000ft

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Jet Ranger second rotorcraft takes to the skies

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s second flight test vehicle has successfully carried out its inaugural flight. The Bell 505’s flight test vehicle completed its initial flight in November 2014, and according to the company, the program has quickly progressed, performing additional flight tests and numerous practice autorotations. more...



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