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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 112: Fighter Edition

Welcome to the 112th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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On NATO’s Frontline: Inside Spangdahlem Air Base

The crisis in Afghanistan and the war in the Ukraine has meant that US Forces in Europe’s German centre has become the heart of vital operations. We visited the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base for an update

Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Historic

French Norécrin makes first flight in decades

Nord 1203 Norécrin F-PHPK made a successful return to the air earlier this year from Colmar-Houssen in Alsace, France...

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Hell on high ground - what happened to RB-29A 44-61999 'Over Exposed'?

Jamie Ewan trekked across Bleaklow Moor in  Derbyshire’s High Peaks to visit the final resting place of a Boeing RB-29A Superfortress. But what happened on a fateful day in 1948?

Historic Aviation Quiz: British Aircraft Recognition

How good is your aircraft recognition? Can you recognise these British types?

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Commercial

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Container shipping giant unveils new cargo airline

Using a fleet of Boeing widebody freighters, the carrier is scheduled to start operations in 2023. Find out more on Key.Aero.

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The little-known tools that help pilots taxi an A380

Captain Roger Hall of Emirates Airline provides an interesting first-hand insight into handling the ‘Superjumbo’ on the ground.

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Emirates: the world’s biggest A380 operator

Emirates is the largest operator of the Airbus A380 employing it on its shortest and longest routes. Martyn Cartledge examines the widebody’s role with the Middle Eastern carrier.

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Flight Simulation

Cessna Stationair DGS series released

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna U206G Stationair, is now available for X-Plane.

Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator

//42 has announced Mexican Mountain for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Skyraider for DCS World incoming

Eagle Dynamics has announced a new third-party developer, Crosstail Studios, is working on the A-1H Skyraider for DCS World.

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