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StormBreaker steps closer to F-35 integration after recent test

Integration of the GBU-53/B StormBreaker air-launched, precision-guided glide bomb on the F-35 Lightning II has moved a step closer after the US Navy, in partnership with Raytheon Missiles & Defense, recently carried out two successful guided test vehicle releases

Spanish Predator-B makes its first flight in Lanzarote

A Spanish Air and Space Force (SASF)-operated MQ-9A Predator-B (serial NR.05-04 '233-04') completed its first flight from the Lanzarote Military Aerodrome on October 3

Work progressing on E-3D to E-6B trainer conversion

US Naval Air Systems Command provided an update on October 4 on the progress being made on conversion of a former Royal Air Force Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 into an E-6B Mercury in-flight trainer for the US Navy

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Aerial firefighting: Combatting wildfires in the Czech Republic

During late July, the Czech Republic saw one of its worst ever wildfires that spanned over a week. AirForces Monthly travelled to the affected areas to see the aerial firefighting operation unfold

First Protector RG1 handed over to the RAF

Acceptance Test Procedures for the Royal Air Force's first General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system have been completed

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Historic

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Did the TSR2, P1154 and AW681 really "get the politics wrong"?

Hawker’s Sir Sydney Camm once mused, “All aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR2 simply got the first three right”. But was he correct?

Comment: The sorry story of the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre's impending demise

Newquay Airport museum on the brink of closure as council refuses to budge

Can you help a Spitfire recovery?

Crowd-funding appeal started with aim of bringing MkVb AD377 up from its Norfolk resting-place 

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Commercial

More Boeing 737 MAX jets for LOT Polish Airlines

The flag carrier is to increase its fleet of the next-generation narrowbody type this month. Find out more…

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EVO: Insight into ATR's sustainable turboprop project

ATR will officially launch its new EVO turboprop by the end of next year. Richard Schuurman caught up with Stéphane Viala, the OEM’s senior vice president of engineering, to learn more about the project

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Startled and distracted 737 crew forgot to set full take-off thrust

The first officer of a Jet2 Boeing 737-800 inadvertently set the wrong thrust setting for take-off after being startled by the unexpected movement of the aircraft during an engine run-up procedure, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

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Flight Simulation

PAC P-750 XSTOL for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Designed and manufactured by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton, New Zealand, the PAC P-750 XSTOL is a highly versatile aircraft that lives up to its multi-role utility definition.

Kickstarter campaign for A320 Flight Control Unit launched 

Kav Simulations has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a realistic Airbus A320 Flight Control Unit (FCU) LCD display for flight simulation.

Belfast City 2022 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, UK2000 has announced George Best Belfast City Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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