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Military

Jordanian F-16 Block 70 acquisition gets green light

In a bid to modernise its ageing fleet of fixed-wing combat aircraft, representatives from the Royal Jordanian Air Force Command have inked a deal to buy at least 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcons from the US

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The ultimate guide to everything happening at RAF Lakenheath

AirForces Monthly looks at RAF Lakenheath, where the 48th Fighter Wing is continuing to transition from an all Eagle force to welcome the new fifth-generation capabilities offered by the F-35A Lightning II

Argentina receives final modernised C-130H

The modernisation of five Argentine Air Force-operated C-130H Hercules tactical transports has now come to an successful end after the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones recently redelivered the fifth and final example to the operator

Austria doubles its order for AW169M light utility helicopters 

Leonardo has signed a contract with the Italian Directorate of Aeronautical Armaments and Airworthiness to supply 18 more AW169M light utility helicopters to the Austrian Ministry of Defence

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Russia moves to make the Sukhoi Su-34 deadlier amidst war in Ukraine

AirForces Monthly reviews the status of the Su-34 Fullback, the enhancement plans for the type and its controversial operations in the ongoing war in Ukraine

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Commercial

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NTSB releases report into fatal E175 engine ground incident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report into an incident involving Envoy Air flight ENY3408 at Montgomery Regional Airport, Alabama on December 31, 2022.

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How ITA Airways intends to avoid the mistakes of Alitalia

The Italian government wiped the slate clean of Alitalia’s 75 years of financial folly in 2021. Matteo Legnani considers ITA’s first year and those still to come as the airline welcomes its first Airbus A220s

World’s only ‘aerobatic airline’ The Blades to close

After more than 15 years in operation, the world-famous Blades Aerobatic Display Team is to close.

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Historic

Hopes to keep Arthur Scarf VC medal in UK

The RAF Museum is calling on the public’s support to help keep Squadron Leader Arthur Scarf’s Victoria Cross medal in the UK

Airworthy Spitfire bound for Turkey

Flying museum at Sivrihisar to receive combat veteran MkIX after restoration

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FlyPast First Edition May-June 1981

As FlyPast's 500th issue (March 2023) hits the shelves, KEY.aero are offering subscribers the chance to catch up on the very first issue of the magazine...

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Flight Simulation

Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane released

Scenery developer, iniScene has announced KBUF Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Orbx releases Launceston Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Developed by Ken Hall, YMLT Launceston Airport was designed using hundreds of on-site photographs to create realistic textures with Physically Based Rendering effects throughout.

Swansea Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer, Pilot Plus has released EGFH Swansea Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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