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Could surplus F-16s take fight to Russia?

Could former Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM/BMs provide an interim solution for Bulgaria and mean more MiGs for Ukraine? Babak Taghvaee reports

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2023

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USAF operates RQ-170 stealth drone over Black Sea

Nine flights have been carried out over the Black Sea by USAF-operated Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel low observable (or stealth) unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a batch of secret US military documents posted online

F-22A Raptor pilots test USAF’s next-gen helmet at Eglin AFB

Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor pilots from the 301st FS – a US Air Force Reserve Command unit that is associated with the active-duty 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall AFB, Florida – have kicked off developmental flight tests for the USAF’s new Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet at nearby Eglin AFB

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Taiwan’s upgraded F-16s finally regain LOROP-EO pod capability

When the Republic of China Air Force’s (ROCAF’s) fleet of F-16A/B Block 20s were upgraded to the F-16V, the latest and most advanced configuration of the Fighting Falcon to date, it was discovered that the AN/VDS-5 Long Range Oblique Photography Electro-Optical (LOROP-EO) reconnaissance pod was not compatible with the newly modified aircraft

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Aviation News June 2023

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IN PICTURES: Spotting highlights from Seoul’s Gimpo and Incheon airports

The South Korean capital is home to two major airports – Gimpo, which primarily serves domestic traffic, and the newer Incheon facility which is the country’s premier hub. Peter Apsey shares some of his spotting highlights from a recent visit to this fascinating city

Korean Air unveils special livery on Boeing 777

The unveiling of the special livery was witnessed by many dignitaries, including the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

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British Phantom Heritage Centre starts to take shape

The British Phantom Aviation Group passed two milestones at its new Cotswold Airport home in Gloucestershire shortly before Easter

Historic Aviation Quiz: 'The Dambusters'

With Key.Aero honouring the ‘Dambusters’, we dedicate this week's quiz to the squadron, men, and machines of Operation Chastise – the audacious attack against the Great Dams of Germany’s Ruhr on May 16/17, 1943 in what was dubbed the “greatest raid” of the war…

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What was it like to fly in ‘The Dam Busters’ movie?

In the middle of a 24-year RAF career Eric Quinney couldn’t believe his luck when he was chosen to fly Lancasters in ‘The Dam Busters’ film…

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Flight Simulation

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PMDG 737-900 and 900ER reviewed

The 737-900 is the last iteration of the popular baby Boeing from PMDG. We take a closer look at this long-range single-aisle airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Back to Basics – 4 Lesson 7

Having successfully completed a simple VOR approach, in this lesson, we take it a level higher while introducing a nifty invention from Australia – the DME.

King Air 350 now X-Plane 12 compatible

Aircraft developer, Airfoillabs has introduced a major overhaul of its King Air 350 to make it compatible with X-Plane 12.

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Upcoming Events



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


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


Baginton, United Kingdom

Aircraft enthusiasts fair

IWM Duxford D-Day Flying Display


Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event page states: "Flying Days are a series of special themed events throughout the summer, reflecting on the role Duxford has played in aviation history. These special events provide up to two hours of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Shuttleworth Around the World Air Show


Biggleswade, United Kingdom

This is a new addition to Shuttleworth's airshow calendar and the event webpage states it is a: "celebration of world-wide aviation, both in the air and on the ground, with a variety of countries and cultures celebrated throughout the day."

AeroExpo UK


Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "We will be showcasing the best in General Aviation over three days at our great new venue, Sywell Aerodrome. Get up close and see the latest aircraft on the market and browse a wide range of related aviation products and services from the top suppliers.
"Come along and speak to the regulators, safety experts, and our Border Force colleagues about the latest hot topics and hear from some of the industry’s top names through our seminar programme."