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PMDG Douglas DC-6 Available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace.

Created by the development team at PMDG Simulations, the Douglas DC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is a highly detailed simulation recreated in authentic detail and realism.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition

Asobo Studio has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition is now available.

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80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the build-up, attack on and importance of Pearl Harbor to America

Brazilian Navy receives first naval combat H225M

Airbus helicopters has announced the delivery of the first naval combat configured Airbus H225M to the Marinha do Brasil/ Brazilian Navy on November 24

RAAF bids farewell to the Classic Hornet

After over three and a half decades of service, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has farewelled the F/A-18A/B Hornet via an end of era event hosted on November 29

Basic concept of the Skylounge system is for the detachable module to make pick-ups at downtown points and then be slung under a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane for movement out to the airport. Feature Premium

S-64 Skycrane Flying Lounge Trials

In its May 31, 1967 issue ‘Aeroplane’ detailed trials of a novel intermodal concept for how to travel to an airport with a lounge being attached to a helicopter

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Relaunched Flybe accepts first Dash 8-400

Newly resurrected regional airline, Flybe has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 71

Welcome to the 71st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Airbus delivers the highest-density A330 ever built

Airbus has handed over the first A330-900 to be configured with a 459-seat, all-economy class cabin

RAF to carry out ACE deployment in Outer Hebrides

Commencing November 29, the RAF will deploy both aircraft and personnel to Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, for a training exercise to develop the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept

FlightSim Community Survey 2021 Now Online

Navigraph is conducting a FlightSim Community Survey together with several major add-on developers and organisations within the flight simulation community.

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Simon Meade: My Dream Historic Hangar

Simon Meade OBE, ex-RAF Harrier combat pilot and ex-Red One from the Red Arrows, reveals which six aircraft he would have in his money-no-object dream aeroplane collection

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The intricate process of loading the Airbus Beluga XL

There is no mistaking the Beluga. Mark Broadbent profiles this distinctive airlifter and learns about the intricate process of loading wings onto Airbus’ unique in-house transport jet

Quiz: Airline wingtip recognition

Can you identify these airlines from their winglets? Let us know what score you get!

Jason Statham records special birthday message for 100-year-old WWII veteran and superfan

Hollywood star Jason Statham has sent a special 100th birthday message to a superfan and WWII veteran

Vintage Aircraft Club awards presented

The Vintage Aircraft Club’s annual awards ceremony took place at Shuttleworth House in the Old Warden parkland on 20 November, for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Johnathon Large

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Fokker F-28 roll-out

After the success of the Friendship the Fellowship had a hard act to follow. In the April 19, 1967 issue ‘Aeroplane’ detailed the plans for certifying the aircraft

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Croatia formally signs for Rafale acquisition

After selecting the Dassault Rafale F3-R as the winner of its Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft programme, the Croatian government has officially signed an acquisition agreement with its French counterpart and will become the third European nation to equip itself with the type

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Space accelerator: The Leo Programme

The UK Space Agency’s Leo programme aims to get space entrepreneurs up and running. Tom Batchelor takes a closer look

Gripen E deliveries to Brazil and Sweden begin

Saab has begun deliveries of the series production Gripen E with hand-over of the first six aircraft, comprising four to the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian Air Force) and two to the Swedish Air Force.

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A legendary CAF colonel remembered

Stephen W Barber, a Commemorative Air Force (CAF) colonel and driving force behind the success of the organisation’s Southern California Wing (CAFSOCAL), was memorialised in fitting style at Camarillo Airport, California on November 14, 2021.

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UK and Sweden dispute NTSB findings on fatal Saab 2000 overrun

Conclusions of a report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into a fatal 2019 overrun involving a PenAir Saab 2000 have been disputed by Swedish and UK investigators.

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Planes and Trains: Proven partners or rising rivals?

In parts of Europe and Asia, high-speed rail is becoming a viable alternative to flying on many key short-haul routes. What does this mean for aviation and how is the industry adapting to this shift? Lee Cross investigates

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Rare colour photos of pre-1950 British bombers

The birth of the aircraft in the early part of the 20th century brought with it a new opportunity, that of being able to drop bombs on the enemy. A new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains over 170 beautifully colourised images of British aircraft produced before 1950. Key.Aero presents a selection of some of our favourite bombers.

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