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Why Victorville is more than just an aircraft boneyard

Chris Sloan travels to California to learn why this quirky desert facility is far more than an aviation retirement home

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FlyPast March 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Belgium welcomes the A400M as C-130 bows out of service

The arrival of the A400M marks a transition to a new tactical and strategic military transport capability for the Belgian Armed Forces. We visited Melsbroek for an update on the activities of the 15th Air Transport Wing

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The history of REME Aviation

A Hampshire Military Museum is joining forces with the REME Museum to deliver two online lectures tracing the history of REME aviation…

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FAA halts FedEx DIRCM plans

The US FAA has halted FedEx Express' plans to protect its aircraft against heat-seaking missiles

Kazakhstan violence: how has aviation been impacted?

Key.Aero has the latest on the state of commercial aviation within the Central Asian country after all scheduled services were suspended earlier in the month.

Top Aces flies F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter for the first time

Top Aces performed the first flight of its newly procured F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) equipped with an Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) on January 19

MB-339A for DCS in Development

The Eagle Dynamics team has announced the Aermacchi MB-339A by IndiaFoxEcho as an addition to the DCS aircraft lineup

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Forecasting Thunder: An overview of the JF-17 Block III

While the JF-17 has come of age in the combat theatre, it has yet to record any major successes in the export market. We explore the development of the light fighter and how the new Block III standard could help expand the aircraft’s customer base in the coming years

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“She landed her aircraft blind!” – the short story of Bernetta Miller

In New York City in 1912, a young woman turned her head to the sky and decided it was where she wanted to be. Little did she know that this decision would cause her to become a pioneering female on the aviation industry

US Navy's 'future air wing' trains with USMC in the South China Sea

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Essex Amphibious Ready Group concluded joint expeditionary strike force training operations in the South China Sea on January 16, marking the first time an amphibious group had worked alongside the US Navy’s next-generation Carrier Air Wing

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Polish Wings Across the Pond

The first crossing of the Atlantic by a Polish pilot was the source of great national pride, not least because he achieved the feat at the controls of a Polish-built aircraft — and for Stanisław Skarżyński to have completed his journey in a machine as small as the RWD-5bis remains exceptional to this day

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A Polished Attempt to Cross the Atlantic

The first Polish attempt to fly the Atlantic took place in 1928, financed by a committee of Polish-Americans. It was to employ an Italian-built Caproni Ca 87 flying boat, converted from a Ca 73ter bomber. Flown by a Polish crew, it would make its way from Milan to Warsaw, and then to Ireland from where it would stage to Newfoundland and onward to the USA...

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How do airport IATA codes work?

We all know what’s in a name, but codes attached to hubs and gateways worldwide can have more peculiar origins. Tom Batchelor demonstrates the method in IATA’s madness in the first of a fascinating new series

First six Greek Rafales delivered

Delivery of the first six Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Dassault Rafales to Greece was completed on January 19

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Beginning of the end for UK’s C-130J fleet?

The beginning of the end of the UK Royal Air Force’s C-130J tactical transport aircraft looks to be drawing near with the arrival of one of the fleet into Cambridge Airport recently

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French Army Aviation: Transitioning to a network-centric force

France's army aviation force – the Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT) - is in the middle of a transition into a network-centric battle force capable of conducting digitally-aided, high-intensity combat operations in a wide variety of environments. We investigate...

Sikorsky-Boeing completes Defiant mission profile testing

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter has successfully completed Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) mission profile tests

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First flight of the Bell X-1

On this day January 19, 1946 the Bell X-1 made its first flight…

Aerosoft Twin Otter for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The Twin Otter from Aerosoft has been designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator using the latest design, system and flight model technology optimised for the platform on both Xbox and PC.

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Pakistan International’s helicopter routes article uncovered

A fascinating piece from the June 11, 1964 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ which reveals the operations of PIA’s S-61 helicopters

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India’s new Light Utility Helicopter is nearing fruition

India’s new Light Utility Helicopter is coming towards the end of an arduous design and development programme. We were granted an exclusive behind-the-scenes look...

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Canadian MiG available for passenger flights

Canada’s Waterloo Warbirds are offering flight experiences in two-seat Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI Natasha…

Historic Aviation Quiz

What will you score on this week's historic aviation quiz?

P-51 Mustang Ready for Take-Off

Aeroplane Heaven has announced the P-51 Mustang for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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