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Stunning images from Aviation Nation Airshow at Nellis AFB

Barry Ambrose shares his images from the Aviation Nation Airshow, which took place at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in early November. The event mixed home team heavy metal such as A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-15s, F-16s, F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs alongside crowd pleasers including the USAF’s Thunderbirds and warbirds such as Mustangs and Shooting Stars

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USAF stealth bomber fleet grounded after major B-2A incident at Whiteman

A USAF-operated Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber was involved in an incident on December 10 that caused damage to both the aircraft and the runway at its home airfield, Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri

Swedish Gripens set to receive major upgrades

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) signed a SEK3.5bn (£280m) contract with Saab on December 16 to upgrade Sweden's fleet of JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters.

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What does the future hold for the USAF's 'Doomsday Plane' fleet?

Combat Aircraft Journal spoke with the outgoing 595th Command and Control Group and National Airborne Operations Center commander to learn how the secretive E-4B Nightwatch’s veil is finally being lifted and what the future may hold

Colombia opts for Rafale to replace ageing Kfir fleet

After spending almost a decade searching for a new multi-role fighter to replace its ageing Israel Aerospace Industries Kfir C10/C12 fleet, Colombian President Gustavo Petro has announced that the Colombian Air Force will receive new jets in 2023

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Commercial

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Looking back at 50 years of Bombardier Challenger development

As Bombardier begins to deliver its latest Challenger – the 3500 – Paul E Eden looks back on almost half-a-century of business jet development

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Upgrading 80-year-old Douglas DC-3s with turboprop engines: how it’s done

Few aircraft have proven their versatility and durability like the ubiquitous Douglas DC-3. Today, one company continues to capitalise on the type’s popularity by modernising these 80-year-old veterans to make them capable of operating in some of the Earth’s most unforgiving environments. Andreas Spaeth visits Basler Turbo Conversions to find out more

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HeliOps: Sea Kings, SAR and much more

An exciting new era in rotary operations is under way on the UK’s south coast, as Ian Harding and Kevin Wills discovered when visiting one of its premier specialist helicopter providers

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Historic

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Flying a unique survivor: the Avro 626

Avro 626 NZ203: survivor of the pre-war Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the sole example of its kind in the world. Just one pilot can still claim any experience on this delightful biplane, thanks to its brief post-restoration flying career nearly 40 years ago

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Fearsome Finnish: When Hawker Hurricanes fought the USSR

In the October 2014 issue of FlyPast, Kari Stenman described Finland’s use of the Hawker Hurricane – and spoke to the owner of a then freshly restored example flying in Finnish colours

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Caesar Hull: The Hurricane ‘Wizard’

In the February 2010 issue of FlyPast, Norman Franks looked at the remarkable flying career of Rhodesian-born Caesar Hull

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Flight Simulation

Stockholm-Arlanda V2 development update

Orbx has released new preview images of the upcoming ESSA Stockholm-Arlanda V2.

Telluride 2022 for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer UK2000 has released Telluride Regional Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Landmarks Dublin City Pack released

Orbx has announced Landmarks Dublin City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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