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Historic

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Atomic Delta

Dassault’s Mirage IVA made its nuclear alert debut with the French Air Force 56 years ago. Former pilot Claude Michel tells the story to FlyPast contributor Frédéric Lert...

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Harvard destined to fly in Canada this year

The Buzz News from the World of Aviation Heritage

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Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ fuselage split for restoration

Personnel at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby successfully split the fuselage of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 on December 4...

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FlyPast

Historic Aircraft Collection’s immaculate Hawker Fury K5674...

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Reflecting on the life of the great Connie Edwards

Sture Friedner describes his meeting with decorated American aviator the late Connie Edwards...

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Military

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Spatial awareness: The UK's defence space strategy

After many months of speculation as to where the UK’s Defence Space Strategy might head, the government earlier this year revealed which future capabilities are to be developed

Sixth upgraded Kazakh L-39 flies in full colours

Aero Vodochody has completed the overhaul and upgrade of the sixth of ten Kazakhstan Air Force L-39Cs that are being fitted with a GenesyS avionics system.

Enhanced air policing F-16 swap over

As Russian aggression in Ukraine shows no sign of abating, there has been a swap over of US Air Force F-16CMs at Fetesti Air Base in Romania to continue operating in support of NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing (EAP) mission in the Black Sea region

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Commercial

Qantas Begins 747 Farewell Flights

Australian flag carrier Qantas has begun its programme of farewell trips in its last Boeing 747 ahead of the type’s retirement from airline service on July 22.

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Celebrating the 747: BA Captain on Flying the Jumbo

There are very few aircraft that have an identity that transcends the aviation industry quite like the Boeing 747. Thomas Haynes speaks to Paul Howard, a retired British Airways 747 Training Captain about what it was like to captain this special aircraft.

Aerion moves forward with green fuels for AS2

US-based supersonic aircraft manufacturer, Aerion, has teamed up with Carbon Engineering – a Direct Air Capture (DAC) specialist – to develop solutions that will lead to carbon-neutral supersonic air travel.

Blue Islands Unveils Bounce Back Plans

Guernsey-based airline Blue Islands has announced its plans to restore key routes lost at Southampton Airport following the collapse of Flybe in March.

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The Great Storage Challenge

As many carriers carefully restart some of their scheduled flying programmes...

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Flight Simulation

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Baron’s Combat Corner

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Aerosoft’s A330 professional

Great Expectations...

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

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