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USAF deploys more F-35As and F-15Es to Kadena Air Base

F-35A Lightning IIs from the 355th Fighter Squadron (FS) 'Fightin' Falcons' at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, and F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 336th FS 'Rocketeers' at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, have arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, to further ensure the USAF's continued fighter presence in the region while the base's resident F-15C/D Eagles are returned to the continental US.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 141

Welcome to the 141st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

USAF retires first active-duty E-3B Sentry from service

Tinker Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma bid farewell to its first Boeing E-3B Sentry on March 31 as the airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft was flown to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, where it will be placed into long-term storage with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG).

What it was like to be an RAF Jaguar squadron boss

Key Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (ret.) about his involvement with the SEPECAT Jaguar. In this final part he reflects on his time as the officer commanding (OC) of a frontline Jaguar squadron

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"I have a hole in my head!" - French Jaguars' first Gulf War missions

Frédéric Lert recounts the first mission by French Air Force Jaguars of the Gulf War, which proved to be a dramatic affair.

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CPK's Integrated Transport Hub: Where rail and air meet

The Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) airport is set to become a world-class transport hub, where passengers can easily access all modes of transport, including at the state-of-the-art railway station.

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How leaky lavatories caused control difficulties for Delta 767

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded an investigation into an incident involving a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER that suffered flight control problems following a water leak on board.

Emirates and Stansted Double Up

The Middle Eastern titan has increased its capacity from the Essex airport

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The time I flew an SR-71 for Kelly Johnson and the Skunk Works

Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed pilot Ed Yeilding to hear about his time assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird. In this last section of the interview he describes being asked to do a special flight for the Skunk Works

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SR-71 mission: Flying into a warzone

In the March 2013 issue of FlyPast Warren E Thompson described an incredible long-range mission during the Yom Kippur War

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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Flight Simulation

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Air Combat Simulation tutorial

Welcome to the start of a new series on aerial combat. Over the next few lessons, we will cover subjects including fighter aircraft types, situational awareness, tactics and aerial gunnery. For this first instalment, we focus on a topic that is seldom discussed: the psychology of air combat.

Noorduyn Norseman takes flight in MSFS

Big Radials has announced the Noorduyn Norseman for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat Flight Adventure

In this flight adventure, we take a closer look at what became the primary maritime air superiority fighter of the United States Navy for over 30 years, the versatile and powerful Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

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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

Ladies Day Fly-in


Bodmin, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "A great day to experience the joys of flying by all, but it is especially a celebration of all ladies in aviation.
Ladies day fly in
Visiting Aircraft – all are welcome
Vintage and classic vehicles"

Vulcan Aircrew Experience


Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

The Vulcan Restoration Trust website describes this event as: "New for 2023, the Vulcan Aircrew Experience is your chance to be a Vulcan crew member kitted out in authentic equipment as worn in the Falklands conflict.
This event is organised by UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY and admittance is by advance ticket-only."

English Riviera Airshow


Paignton, United Kingdom

Seafront airshow