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Military

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How Portuguese Air Force TB-30 training course has evolved

Joe Campion visits Esquadra 101 ‘Roncos’, the main hub of Portuguese pilot training, as its students embark on a new syllabus

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How does Iran manage to keep its ageing F-4 Phantom IIs flying?

Babak Taghvaee investigates how the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force restores and upgrades its damaged US-built McDonnell Douglas F-4D/E Phantom IIs

Russia receives another upgraded Tu-22M3 bomber

The United Aircraft Corporation has delivered another modernised Tu-22M3 Backfire-C supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Long-Range Aviation command

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Engine issues with RAF’s Hawk T2 fleet may take three years to solve

BAE Systems has said that technical issues with the Hawk T2’s Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 951 non-afterburning turbofan engine could take between two and three years to resolve, leaving the fleet’s flying hours greatly reduced

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How the Italian Army is modernising its helicopter fleet

The Italian Army is transforming its helicopter fleet. Erik Bruijns and Mark de Greeuw assess the rotorcraft being introduced

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Commercial

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What is being done to make commercial space market more sustainable?

The commercial space market needs to be more sustainable, but achieving this is anything but straightforward, finds Mark Broadbent

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New Australian airline Bonza takes to the air

A new low-cost carrier called Bonza has entered the Australian airline scene flying Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

Historic handover marks end of the line for Boeing 747

The last ever Boeing 747 to be built was handed over on January 31, 2023, in a ceremony at Paine Field, Washington that was broadcast live on the internet.

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Historic

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Unique Waco flies again in New Zealand

Sole surviving UOC Custom makes maiden post-restoration flight from airfield where it was first based 85 years ago

Biggin Hill hosts USAF Aircraft and Vehicles tour

The Kent-based attraction has announced the latest in its series of themed hangar tours

Salvage plan announced for sunken warbirds

Devastators and Wildcats from scuttled USS Lexington to be raised from seabed

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Flight Simulation

Falcon BMS 4.37 released

Benchmark Simulations has announced Falcon BMS 4.37 is now available.

Epic Victory for X-Plane 12

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has announced the Epic Victory has been upgraded to be compatible with X-Plane 12.

New Algerian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, NetDesign has released DAAT Aguenar Tamanrasset Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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