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F-16 Block 70/72: All you need to know about the most advanced Viper to date

The F-16 Block 70 could do a great job in the Ukraine and probably never will – but it still has very much a global footprint, as Jon Lake reports

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JF-17 Block III, J-10CE star in Pakistan Day Parade rehearsals

The Pakistan Day Parade 2023 – which was expected to be a grand display of the country’s military prowess and cultural diversity – unfortunately had to be cancelled due to heavy rain, but the Pakistan Air Force still managed to show off both the highly anticipated Block III variant of the JF-17 Thunder and its newly acquired Chinese-made J-10CE fighters during the event rehearsals

Japan set to receive first F-35B Lightning IIs in 2025

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force is to receive its first short take-off and vertical landing-configured F-35B Lightning II from Lockheed Martin in 2025

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Japan to send aircraft for Exercise Air Defender 2023

The German Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is taking part in Exercise Air Defender 23 later this year

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 139

Welcome to the 139th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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New British 747 airline cleared for take-off

Awarded its AOC, flights are expected to begin soon.

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IN PICTURES: Classic airliners of the 1990s in Caracas

Ian Allan Aviation tour manager Gerry Manning delves into his archives to revisit a trip to Caracas in 1992 full of Mad Dogs (the McDonnell Douglas kind) and Englishmen

The Ultimate Airline IATA Code Quiz (part one)

In the past, we’ve given you IATA code quizzes for airports. But now? Now, it’s the turn of the airlines!

Here are 10 questions to challenge the mind on airline IATA codes.

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The great Neil Williams on flying the Spanish He 111

On 11 December 1977, Neil Williams, his wife Lynn and two crew members lost their lives when the CASA 2.111 they were ferrying to the UK crashed north of Madrid. Williams had just submitted what turned out to be his final feature for Aeroplane Monthly — a typically outstanding pilot’s view of the Spanish-built, Merlin-powered Heinkel He 111

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Planning the SR-71’s supersonic missions: Behind the scenes  

In the March 2013 issue of FlyPast, Ben Dunnell spoke to Lt Col Tom Charters to find out how it was decided where to send the SR-71 on its supersonic missions

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SR-71 Blackbird operations: The untold story

In the July 2011 issue of Aviation News SR-71 pilot, Squadron Commander and ultimately Wing Commander, Col Richard Graham (ret’d) described Blackbird operations from the cockpit and also the command and control of this unique aircraft.  In this fascinating feature he describes previously untold elements from his time on the SR-71.

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Flight Simulation

Tallinn for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Drzewiecki Design has released EETN Tallinn for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Dallas Love Field for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

After years of work, iBlueYonder has announced the release of its next scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator, KDAL Dallas Love Field.

Skopje Airport for MSFS released

The latest destination from Aerosoft is Skopje International Airport in North Macedonia.

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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