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Military

AFRC receives first Combat King II

Lockheed Martin has delivered a first HC-130J Combat King II for the US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) to Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida.

Clash of the Titans!

A pair of heavyweight champions are vying to replace the Luftwaffe’s ageing Sikorsky CH-53s. Khalem Chapman details the contenders in Germany’s heavy-lift transport helicopter replacement programme.

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Flottille 11F: 100 Years of Fury!

The French Navy’s oldest fighter squadron, Flottille 11F, turned 100 last year. Bastien Otelli takes the opportunity to look back at its glorious past and to examine the latest evolution of the Rafale, as the unit becomes the first to receive the F3-R standard.

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Bandits of the Last Frontier!

Eielson Air Force Base in the wilds of Alaska is home to one of just two USAF aggressor squadrons. Kedar Karmarkar ventured to Fairbanks to see what goes on for the 18th Aggressor Squadron during its main event: Red Flag – Alaska.

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COVID-19 and the Military: A Discussion

Despite some inevitable changes to normal operations, the military is still very much carrying on - and playing its part in helping out with the current crisis. Watch Jamie Hunter and Thomas Newdick discuss the details...

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Commercial

QUIZ: How well do you know your airlines? - Part 3

This week we're testing your airline recognition skills! Can you identify these carriers based upon these small cropped livery segments? Let us know what score you get!

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How technology led to the demise of the flight engineer

The navigator was the first to receive the chop and then there were three. Key.Aero recounts how the improvements in automation and system redundancy brought about the departure of another crew member from cockpits all over the world

Boeing landed with $2.5bn fine following 737 MAX fraud charges

The criminal proceedings focus on the “fraudulent and deceptive conduct” of two former employees

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Historic

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UNARMED AND UNSURPASSED

MOSQUITO SALUTE PRI histories Eighty years ago this summer,...

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SOLDIER OF MISFORTUNE

WW2 HISTORY Piaggio P108The only strategic bomber to see service...

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BEHIND THE LENS

DATAFILE The great Charles Sims, that most outstanding...

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Flight Simulation

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Innsbruck for Aerofly FS2

Orbx start to populate the world of Aerofly FS SCENERY ADD-ON...

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Upgrading Your PC

Jessica Bannister-Pearce describes her new custom-built PC ...

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Prepar3D Version 4

Preparing for the future Ever since Lockheed Martin...

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Upcoming Events

Flywheel

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Bicester, United Kingdom

The company organising the event states Flywheel is "two jam-packed days of action celebrating all things wings, wheels and motion...Flywheel will see a host of classic motoring marques join the displays along the tree-lined avenues of the historic site. Fans of vintage flight can expect an equally spectacular showcase, with a broad range of historic aircraft set to grace the site’s grass airfield – winding back the years and commemorating the site’s heritage as an RAF Blenheim Bomber training station."

Wings and Wheels Henstridge

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Henstridge, United Kingdom

The organisers' say: "With up to 130 classic aircraft and over 150 classic cars on show, plus a few traders and some great food this is a great day out for the family and enthusiast alike."

Midland Air Museum (Coventry) Aviation Fair

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Baginton, United Kingdom

Aircraft enthusiasts fair

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "The RAF Cosford Air Show will include an action-packed flying display, including powerful demonstrations of modern military aircraft from the Royal Air Force and international military partners. There will be captivating appearances from iconic aircraft and adrenaline pumping aerobatic displays. On the ground, there will be a huge assortment on static display for you to view up close, including some which you will be able to sit inside."

AERO South Africa

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Pretoria, South Africa

The organiser's describe this event as: "Southern Africa’s premier event for the General Aviation industry that covers the full spectrum of services and products for the sector, is the platform to showcase the best that the General Aviation sector has to offer."

F-AIR COLOMBIA 2023

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Rionegro, Colombia

The event website states: "F-AIR Colombia has become one of the most important events in the civil aviation and defense industry, in addition to being a fundamental engine in the reactivation of the aerospace sector by offering activities such as: academic agenda, trade show, business conferences, aircraft exhibition, networking and air shows."