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Military

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A look inside the USAF’s 47th Flying training Wing 

For over 80 years Laughlin AFB has played an important role in training pilots. Since 1972 the 47th Flying Training Wing has been stationed here, specializing in undergraduate pilot training. Combat Aircraft Journal visited the base to speak with its new commander

New Zealand expedites P-3K2 Orion retirement despite capability gap

The New Zealand Defence Force announced on December 13 that it will retire its five remaining Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft five months earlier than planned due to staff shortages and maintenance constraints

USAF AC-130J Ghostrider crews honoured for Kabul mission

Two USAF AC-130J Ghostrider gunship crews have been honoured for their heroic efforts during the fall of Kabul

Australia now fields almost 60 F-35As in-country

A further five Royal Australian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs have arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, bringing the total number in operational service to 59 aircraft out of 72 on order

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2023

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Commercial

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Will the Heart ES-30 electric airliner meet airlines' needs?

The Heart ES-30 is set to be the biggest electric airliner around when it enters passenger service in 2028. But is it big enough... or is technology standing in the way of what airlines actually want? Richard Schuurman investigates

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Azul Brazilian Airlines' bold expansion plan revealed

Tom Batchelor catches up with André Américo from Azul to learn more about the São Paulo-based carrier’s bullish approach to expansion

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Old whale, new tricks: What's happened to Airbus’ five old BelugaSTs?

What do you do with a fleet of five now-redundant, incredibly specialised freighters? That was the question Airbus asked of itself earlier this year. Ian Harbison reports on the European manufacturer’s creation of an out-sized cargo subsidiary.

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Historic

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When Hurricanes took on Japanese in fight for Singapore

By the time Hurricanes arrived in Singapore the Japanese had established a superiority that the RAF was unable to counter. Andrew Thomas told the story in the August 2015 issue of FlyPast

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‘Blondie’ Walker: The Hurricane pilot shot down twice and awarded 2 DFCs

Yorkshireman 'Blondie' Walker became a gifted and aggressive vessel-killer. Graham Pitchfork describes his exploits

The day a Sea Harrier landed in Birmingham

A memorable moment in BBC television history

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Flight Simulation

Baltimore-Washington for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest US destination from LatinVFR is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (KBWI) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition released

Microsoft has released the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding realistic helicopters, gliders, a true-to-life Airbus A310-300 and seven iconic historic aircraft.

Navigraph Charts 8 released

Navigraph Charts 8 adds several new features, including worldwide VFR charts, drag-and-drop route construction, seamless zoom down to gate level and 3D globe projection.

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Sunbury on Thames, United Kingdom

Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.

NZ National Aerobatics Championships

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This is the opportunity for New Zealand’s top aerobatic pilots to battle it out in the Wairarapa skies for the honour and glory (if not huge prize money!) of being the “Champion of Champions”.