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Inside Sea-Tac's renovated North Satellite

Making the most of pandemic-driven downtime, Sea-Tac focused its attention on renovating its North Satellite. Now open, ahead of schedule and under budget, it is full of clever innovation, explains Keri Allan

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RNLAF's final KDC-10 tanker leaves the Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Air Force sole remaining McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 tanker - serial T-235 - departed Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands for the US on October 25, as it heads to its new civil-based owner on the other side of the Atlantic

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From 'V-Force' to CND

How did a former Vulcan squadron commander became a leading light in the campaign against nuclear weapons?

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SABER thrust – Analysis of the EC-37B Compass Call

With EC-37B Compass Call and BAE Systems’ SABER technology coming to the fore, Robert Coppinger finds out what the future holds for the US Air Force’s electronic warfare capability

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Unearthed – 1942 visit to an RAF Boston squadron

Despite World War Two still raging the press were invited to visit a squadron of the RAF’s new Douglas Bostons and experience flying in the bomber, as reported in the April 17, 1942 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

Hawk Advanced Trainer Ready for Take-Off

Just Flight has released the Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Brisbane for Prepar3D Out Now

Orbx has announced Cityscape Brisbane for Prepar3D v4+ is now available.

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A400M and Voyager combine in recent Afghan evacuee flights

The UK has confirmed that it has conducted airlifts to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans who had fled Afghanistan to a neighbouring country, with two flights by UK Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft taking place between October 15-22

RAF F-35Bs work with Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2)

RAF Lockheed Martin F-35Bs from 617 Squadron operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have participated in a maritime partnership exercise with the US Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense force (JMSDF)

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 66

Welcome to the 66th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Inside Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 extension

In the most radical shake-up of airport operations for decades, Manchester’s Terminal 2 extension is now open for business. Gordon Smith received an exclusive tour to discover more about the quirky new space

Quiz: Defunct North American Airlines

Can you identify these defunct carriers from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Adam Chester

Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced ENSD Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Training RAF Hunter Pilots in the 1950s

A revealing article on the challenges of training pilots on the Hunter in its early days of service with the RAF, as published in ‘The Aeroplane’ in its August 3, 1956 issue

Norway signs deal for F-35A JSM production

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded a multi-billion kronor contract to supply the Joint Strike Missile for Norway’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

Finnish Hornets and Hawks participate in LFÖ21

The Finnish Air Force has deployed six Boeing F/A-18C Hornet multi-role fighters and three BAE Systems Hawk Mk51/A jet trainers to the Swedish Air Force's Luftförsvarsövning 21 (LFÖ 21, Air Defence Exercise 21)

FlyPast Podcast Episode 44

A fascinating conversation with former Bomber Command Navigator, Ronald Tudberry. Amongst other things, he talks about his experiences of flying with The Pathfinders and ditching in the North Sea.

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How Boeing 747s helped Cadillac build cars in the 1980s

A huge air operation enabled two car assembly plants, separated by the Atlantic, to produce ultra-luxury vehicles. Marco Rossi relays the intriguing story

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Vertical limits – BlueBird Aero Systems and VTOL technology

Militaries worldwide are moving to the adoption of fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial systems capabilities Joe Charlaff speaks with BlueBird Aero Systems on emerging trends

KC-46A Pegasus approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers

The KC-46A Pegasus has been approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers following a decision by Gen Mike Minihan, commander of the USAF's Air Mobility Command, to allow another interim capability release mission set for the tanker

6 Epitomising the type’s low-level role, the last Vulcan built, B2 XM657, formates with a cameraship for a photo sortie. This aircraft was conversely the first to receive, in 1979, the new wrap-around camouflage. CROWN COPYRIGHT Feature Premium

V-force: End of the deterrent

As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

RAF receives seventh Poseidon MRA1

The RAF took delivery of its seventh Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on October 19, when the maritime patrol aircraft arrived at its home station of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, following an Atlantic crossing from Boeing’s facility near Seattle, Washington

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USAF wants to equip frontline units with Angry Kitten EW systems

Adversaries’ radars are getting so much better so fast that the USAF is struggling to keep up. However, a new system called Angry Kitten could help the service get ahead of the game

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Aircraft refurb: the pros and cons

Aircraft refurbishing is increasingly popular, as airlines aim to cut costs and minimise environmental impact. Tom Batchelor looks at this booming sector

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