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USAF retires ‘Nuke Sniffer’ aircraft after 60 years of ops

Following 60 years of operational service, the USAF retired Offutt AFB-based Boeing WC-135W Constant Phoenix, serial 61-2667, on September 7

Chilean KC-130R fitted with new NP2000 props

In an effort to improve the efficiency of its Hercules fleet, the Chilean Air Force has begun retrofitting the aircraft with new Collins Aerospace eight-blade NP2000 composite propellers

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How is French Naval Aviation being modernised to meet emerging threats?

The Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation) carries out a wide range of missions from land bases, the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier and many support ships. We assess its strengths and how the service is being modernised to meet new and emerging threats

USAF, Northrop Grumman reveal schedule for planned B-21 rollout

The USAF and Northrop Grumman revealed on September 20 that the B-21 Raider – the air arm’s next-generation stealth bomber – will be formally unveiled to the public for the first time in early December, ahead of the type’s planned first flight in 2023.

Lightning strikes Belgian F-16BM during training sortie

A Lockheed Martin F-16BM Block 20 (MLU) Fighting Falcon was forced to make a precautionary landing at Ostend-Bruges International Airport after being struck by lightning on September 14

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Portuguese Air Force F-86 Sabre

On September 18, 2022 at Monte Real AB annual open gates day, a newly restored F-86F Sabre was presented in silver with red nose, wing and tail tips, as per the colour scheme of the short-lived Esquadra 52 “Galos” (Roosters)…  

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FlyPast November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Why did Vulcan XM655 run off the runway at Wellesbourne?

Following its runway excursion on Friday, the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society provided an update…

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Commercial

BREAKING: Aer Lingus launches route to a surprising US city

Aer Lingus has revealed plans to launch transatlantic flights to a rather unexpected American city. From May 19, 2023 the Irish flag carrier will link its Dublin base with Cleveland, Ohio.

Solidarity Transport Hub – an investment in the economic future and safety of Poland and the CEE region

Poland’s Solidarity Transport Hub is crucial not only for the economic growth of the country and wider region but for European security

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Why a second-hand A380 is an extremely hard sell

Now production has ended, the secondary market for the Airbus A380 is struggling to take off. In a special publication released in 2020, Mark Broadbent considered the opportunities and obstacles and asked whether this was a feasible option

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Flight Simulation

Carenado PC12 touches down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Carenado PC12 now available on the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace.

C-130J Hercules coming to DCS

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Airplane Simulation Company has started working on a modernised version of the tactical airlifter for DCS, the C-130J.

Bermuda for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FeelThere has announced Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport (TXKF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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