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FlyPast December 2021

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USAF B1s deployed at RAF Fairford perform maritime mission

US Air Force B-1B Lancers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) underwent a counter-maritime mission yesterday alongside multiple European allies and partners in the Black Sea region. Dark 01/02, SN 86-0110 and SN 86-0136 departed RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire shortly after 0700hours, returning to base some 12 hours later

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Norway to retire F-16 fleet by year end

The Royal Norwegian Air Force will retire its fleet of F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons by the end of the year leaving the service reliant on its new F-35A stealth fighter for all fixed-wing combat duties from 2022 onwards

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First two Kuwaiti Eurofighters take flight

The first pair of two-seat Eurofighter Typhoons destined for the Kuwait Air Force completed their long awaited maiden flights from Leonardo’s Torino-Caselle Nord facility, near Turin in northern Italy, during the afternoon of October 15

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition Coming Soon

Asobo Studio has announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate its achievement as “Game of the Year”.

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Inside Bulgaria's growingly obsolescent Air Defence force

We look at the slow and often painful transformation of the Bulgarian Air Force’s air defence assets, while revealing humble plans to field Western-made hardware in the foreseeable future

EasyJet unveils its first airport lounge

Low-cost airline easyJet has announced plans for its first-ever dedicated airport lounge

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Behind the scenes of a BOAC Boeing 707 delivery

In its December 9, 1960 issue ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ described the process of testing and certification of a new Boeing 707 for BOAC. The author was also onboard the delivery flight from Seattle to London

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Texas MD-87 crash: What do we know so far?

A private McDonnell Douglas MD-87 overran the runway and burst into flames at Houston Executive Airport yesterday (October 19). Key.Aero collates what is known about the aircraft and incident so far.

RAF Typhoons prove ACE concept capability during Op Shader

Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4s from the 903 Expeditionary Air Wing at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, have forward deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East for Operation Blue Dragon

Reno Air Races Release Date Announced

Asobo Studio has announced Reno Air Races will be available for purchase in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace on November 18.

VSKYLABS’ CT/4E Airtrainer for X-Plane Review Premium

VSKYLABS’ CT/4E Airtrainer

VSKYLABS is no ordinary developer; it has a vast history of real-life aviation and aerospace experience. One of its more recent flight simulation releases is the Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT/4E Airtrainer for X-Plane 11.

Historic Aviation Quiz: Bomber Command (Part 3)

Try your Bomber Command knowledge out in this penultimate themed quiz!

Australian MH-60R crash leads to fleet-wide grounding

An MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopter belonging to the Royal Australian Navy crashed into the Philippine Sea during routine night flying operations on October 14, leading to a fleet-wide grounding of the remaining examples in Australian service

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Watch this space: Australia monitors the final frontier

The Australian government is seeking to develop sovereign military space domain awareness capabilities, as focus on the final frontier appears more important than ever before

Komodo Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Komodo is available now as a download for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Rare indication of competition for UK Puma replacement

A rare official indication the UK will open up a competition to replace its ageing Puma HC2 fleet has been made public in what will likely be a tightly contested effort between defence industry heavyweights

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 23

Episode 23 of The Air Warrior Podcast brings you analysis of the recently published RAND report that outlines the upcoming threats to the UK's airlift capabilities. Meanwhile, the Modern Military Team discusses ongoing exercises, Exosonic's low-boom supersonic 'Red Air' UAV and the maiden flights of the first two Kuwaiti Eurofighters

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WATCH: Lufthansa Cargo retires final MD-11F

The tri-jet era at Lufthansa Cargo came to an end last weekend when the airline’s final McDonnell Douglas MD-11F landed at Frankfurt for the final time

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NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport

NZA Simulations is a relative newcomer to flight simulation but has certainly arrived on the scene with a bang. The core developer group is made up of four collaborating members, spread across New Zealand and Australia, who combine their 3D modelling expertise and love of aviation to produce airport scenery add-ons for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

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Controllers and peripherals

If you’re completely new to flight simulation, particularly with Microsoft Flight Simulator, it’s easy to become swamped with the complexity of the interface. In this tutorial, we explain how to configure the controls for your aircraft to get the maximum level of immersion and enjoyment.

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central Review Premium

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central

We take a look at Orbx EU Great Britain Central, a landmark package, which coverage area spans two countries (England and Wales) in both rural and urban locations.

This is not a game - what is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game - what is flight simulation?

In this instalment of our two-part series, we again get a cross-section of opinions from people representing different parts of the industry to discuss that ongoing question: what is flight simulation? We have expert views from Emanuel Hagen, a current Boeing 737 pilot, Lockheed Martin and Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, plus more comments from our PC Pilot readers.

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Microsoft’s World Update VI

This latest world update to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition Out Now

Thrustmaster has announced the TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition is released.

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