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The origins of the Mission Aviation Fellowship

Wartime inspired an alternative form of service, birthing Mission Aviation Fellowship – now more than 75 years old. Robin Evans and Darren Harbar explain all

Navy Wings stops Sea Vixen work and starts new project

Trustees of Yeovilton-based Navy Wings have decided to cease restoration work on Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924.

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The dramatic role of RAF Hurricanes in the Battle of El Alamein

This year marks the 80th anniversary of World War Two’s pivotal Battle of El Alamein in North Africa. Andrew Thomas reflects on the dramatic role played by Hawker Hurricane ‘tank busters’ from the RAF’s 6 Squadron

Twin Pioneer G-AOEO at Davos, Switzerland, where passengers were taken by horse-drawn sledge from aircraft to hotel or ski-lift. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

Twin Pioneer Demo Tours

When Scottish Aviation sent its new Twin Pioneer on demonstration tours, it really put the aircraft through its paces
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No 203 AFS at Driffield, Yorkshire, trained many National Service pilots. It put up this formation of three Meteor T7s during 1949. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

When conscripts flew RAF fighters

The days when National Service pilots flew RAF jet fighters are understandably long gone, but memories remain strong – not least amongst those who piloted Meteors

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Military

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US Navy and USMC F-35B/C Squadrons: A Complete Guide

The US Marine Corps and US Navy are sister services that had different degrees of urgency for introducing the Lockheed Martin F-35B/C Lightning II.  Gérard Keijsper provides an  overview of the situation

Brazil marks 50 years of C-95 Bandeirante ops

The Brazilian Air Force’s airlift community marked a major milestone on February 9, when the air arm’s fleet of Embraer C-95 Bandeirante light transport/liaison aircraft celebrated 50 years of operational service

Saab eyes GlobalEye AEW&C as NATO E-3A successor

In response to a Request for Information from NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency regarding the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control project, Saab has offered a solution based on its GlobalEye multi-domain AEW&C aircraft

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Commercial

N.B.A.A. exhibits include the JetStar and King Air. Feature Premium

NBAA show – 1964 style

The annual NBAA business aircraft show has grown into a massive event mirroring the growth of the sector. We open a ‘time capsule’ of an article from the archives covering the 1964 event, which was featured in the November 19, 1964 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

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Why Victorville is more than just an aircraft boneyard

Chris Sloan travels to California to learn why this quirky desert facility is far more than an aviation retirement home

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FAA halts FedEx DIRCM plans

The US FAA has halted FedEx Express' plans to protect its aircraft against heat-seaking missiles

Kazakhstan violence: how has aviation been impacted?

Key.Aero has the latest on the state of commercial aviation within the Central Asian country after all scheduled services were suspended earlier in the month.

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How do airport IATA codes work?

We all know what’s in a name, but codes attached to hubs and gateways worldwide can have more peculiar origins. Tom Batchelor demonstrates the method in IATA’s madness in the first of a fascinating new series

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Flight Simulation

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 2 Feature Premium

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 2

In part 2 of this series, X-Plane’s creator, Austin Meyer, discusses the new trees, volumetric clouds, user-controlled weather and real weather systems in his upcoming X-Plane 12.

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Orbx’s Skiathos International Airport

We take a look at Skiathos Airport, otherwise known as the ‘St Maarten of the Mediterranean’.

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Thrustmaster’s TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition

We will take a look at the new TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition from Thrustmaster. Based on the controls of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the line-up consists of two products, the TCA Yoke and TCA Quadrant which are compatible with both PC and the Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S.

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Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

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