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LOW AND SLOW. – The Handley Page Victor B.2 makes a very low flypast, with leading-edge flaps drooped. Feature Premium

Spectacular 1960 Farnborough airshow flying display

A report on what was in the flying display at the 1960 Farnborough airshow from the September 9, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

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The 1928 Italia airship disaster: Part Two

In this two-part series, we examine the tragic events of the 1928 Italia airship disaster during an expedition to the Arctic, and the disastrous attempts to rescue its missing crew

Royal Air Force retires E-3D Sentry AEW1

The UK officially retired its E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet at a ceremony at RAF Waddington on September 28, marking the end of 30 years of service with the Royal Air Force (RAF)

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UK unaffected by F-35 rebaselining

The production rebaseline of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter programme is not expected to impact the delivery schedule of UK aircraft currently on contract, following the publication in late-September of a revised industrial output by Lockheed Martin

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Is this the last DHC 8-400?

Air Tanzania has received what is, for now, the last new-build De Havilland Canada DHC 8-400. The turboprop is the fifth example that the Dar Es Salaam-based airline has received since September 2016.

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How JetBlue is shaking up the transatlantic market

Our man in America, Chris Sloan, criss-crosses the pond to put JetBlue’s first JFK-London services to the test

USAF’s first Europe-based F-35A unit activated at Lakenheath

During a ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on October 1, the USAF re-activated the first USAFE Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadron as part of the resident 48th FW

Quiz: Asian airline recognition

Can you identify these Asian airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

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Airliner World November 2021

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Australia to buy attrition replacement for lost Growler

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of a single US Navy Boeing EA-18G Growler to the Australian government, which will act as an attrition replacement for an example that was damaged beyond repair by an engine fire on January 27, 2018

Boeing awarded global C-17 sustainment extension

Boeing has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense to help sustain C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, in a deal that could be worth up to US$23.8bn including potential options and incentives over the next ten years

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How the Canberra completed the fastest transatlantic crossing

A report from the March 2, 1951 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’ on a ground-breaking flight by a Canberra

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Alvaro Lino

North East Land Sea and Air Museum reveals Tornado to the public

Tornado F3 ZE204 was officially revealed to the public at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, on 13 September...

Orbx Products Released for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox

Scenery developer, Orbx has announced some of its most popular products are now optimised for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X/S.

FlyPast Podcast Episode 41

For this episode we’re joined by Liam Shaw, one of the Events and Experiences Coordinators at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford to talk about their Vulcan and Spitfire cockpit tours...

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Aeroplane November 2021

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A Productive Summer for Newark Air Museum

Newark Air Museum has had an action-packed summer full of work and restoration

A good comparison with the B-26C, this B-26 has the “attack” nose, with eight 12.7 mm. machine-guns. In addition to its internal bomb load, this aircraft has the standard under-wing Napalm bomb. The wing guns and zero-length rocket mounts are also shown. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing 1951 article on the Korean air war

‘The Aeroplane’ in its January 12, 1951, published an article from a visit to one of the bases launching aircraft on missions in the Korean War

Junkers Ju 52 Ready for Take-Off

Asobo Studio has announced a new series for Microsoft Flight Simulator called “Local Legends” that will frequently coincide with World Updates. For World Update VI (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), the team chose a famous aircraft from the 1930s - the Junkers Ju 52.

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

Where will Air France be flying its new A220?

Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 as it starts the process of replacing its A318 and A319 fleet with the next generation narrowbody.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's historic quiz will test you on all things aviation from over the past century...

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Power on for Portugal’s first KC-390

Embraer is making good progress with manufacture of the first Portuguese Air Force KC-390 Millennium, after the air arm revealed that the aircraft had achieved ‘power on’ for the first time at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on September 21

“We’re very interested”: Air Astana CEO on dedicated freighters

Like many airlines during the pandemic, Air Astana has found success flying freight. But is it something the airline would do long term? Peter Foster, the president and CEO of the company explains

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