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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz - 1950s experimental types

Can you identify these experimental types from across the 1950s?

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Paving the way - test flying early jets

Tom Spencer recounts some of Sqn Ldr Brian Moloney’s experiences as he helped pave the way testing early jet aircraft while commanding the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s secretive T Flight

Bid to restore Victor nose gathers pace

The remains of Victor K.2 XL191’s nose have been acquired by new owners for restoration at a planned museum in Iron Mountain, Michigan

French Cub completes lengthy restoration story

Now flying on the French civil register as F-PSVZ, Piper L-4 Cub (in reality a Wag-Aero Sport Trainer Cub replica) is being operated from the country’s Caen-Carpiquet airport

RAF Museum volunteer awarded MBE for 50 years’ service

Roy Martin has been honoured in HM The King’s Birthday Honours List and presented with his MBE by HRH The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle

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Military

Star Warriors CO provides insights into a US Navy Growler squadron

In the US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Yearbook 2023, Mark Ayton spoke with Commander Cameron Dekker, commander of the only US Navy Reserve squadron equipped with the EA-18G Growler.

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USAF AC-130J strikes Iranian-backed militants in Iraq

A USAF-operated AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunship was called in to hit an Iranian-backed militant group after they fired a ballistic missile at American forces at Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, the Pentagon has said

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 173

Welcome to the 173rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

CPK airport: Pioneering a new era of sustainable aviation in Poland

The Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) airport is on its way to becoming a globally unique transport hub, emphasising the close link between its infrastructure and the surrounding buildings, all while prioritising the comfort and safety of passengers, visitors, and staff.

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French and RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Ryanair flight

A Ryanair Boeing 737 was intercepted by two French Air and Space Force fighter jets this week and the Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled a pair of Typhoons to respond, Key.Aero can exclusively reveal.

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Airliner World October 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

American Airlines hit with $4.1m fine

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined American Airlines $4.1m for “violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting tarmac delays of three hours or more on domestic flights without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane.”

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Russia steps back from widebody airliner joint venture

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed it has ended its involvement in the CRAIC CR929 widebody aircraft it was jointly developing with China

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Flight Simulation

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Just Flight’sF28 Professional review

After more than three years in development, the Just Flight in-house team has released the F28 Professional. We take it for a spin and see how it measures up.

Cairns International Airport for MSFS out now

The latest Australian destination from TaiModels is YBCS Cairns International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Aerofly FS 4 interview

The Aerofly FS series has been popular among flight simmers since its release in 2011. So, when we heard that Aerofly FS 4 had received further improvements, we invited Torsten Hans, the head of IPACS, to talk to us about these new features and the Aerofly FS series in general.

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