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Military

Russia receives another upgraded Tu-22M3 bomber

The United Aircraft Corporation has delivered another modernised Tu-22M3 Backfire-C supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Long-Range Aviation command

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Engine issues with RAF’s Hawk T2 fleet may take three years to solve

BAE Systems has said that technical issues with the Hawk T2’s Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 951 non-afterburning turbofan engine could take between two and three years to resolve, leaving the fleet’s flying hours greatly reduced

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How the Italian Army is modernising its helicopter fleet

The Italian Army is transforming its helicopter fleet. Erik Bruijns and Mark de Greeuw assess the rotorcraft being introduced

Lockheed Martin has flown the F-16 Block 70 for the first time

Lockheed Martin revealed on January 24 that it had successfully completed its first F-16 Block 70 flight from its Greenville facility in South Carolina, marking a key milestone in the development and eventual delivery of the latest and most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon family to date

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 130

Welcome to the 130th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

Historic handover marks end of the line for Boeing 747

The last ever Boeing 747 to be built was handed over on January 31, 2023, in a ceremony at Paine Field, Washington that was broadcast live on the internet.

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Flybe lost £5m a month and flew flights half full before collapse

Collapsed UK regional carrier Flybe operated flights that were on average only half full in the months leading up to its demise.

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Boeing 747 – The aircraft that changed the world

As the final Boeing 747 is delivered to Atlas Air, Mark Broadbent considers the iconic widebody’s place in aviation history

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Historic

Salvage plan announced for sunken warbirds

Devastators and Wildcats from scuttled USS Lexington to be raised from seabed

Southend Vulcan events calendar confirmed

The Vulcan Restoration Trust has revealed its full events programme for the year ahead

Nord Pingouin flies for first time in 62 years

French-built Bf 108 emerges in spectacular colour scheme

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Flight Simulation

FS Traffic for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FS Traffic populates the skies and airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator with detailed AI aircraft featuring high-definition livery textures, realistic sounds, custom animations and visual effects.

PA28 Archer II lands in MSFS

Chilean developer, Carenado has released the PA28 181 Archer II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Falcon BMS 4.37 released

Benchmark Simulations has announced Falcon BMS 4.37 is now available.

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