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Switzerland signs procurement contract for 36 F-35As

Swiss plans to acquire a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters marked a significant step forward on September 19, when Switzerland’s federal office for defence procurement, armasuisse, announced that the procurement contract for 36 aircraft had been signed

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The F-15EX and the capabilities it brings to the USAF

As a wartime machine, the newly acquired F-15EX is yet to play its part. Combat Aircraft Journal  considers its development as a whole weapon system and the capabilities it looks to bring to the US Air Force

RAF Typhoons help sink US frigate

In the early weeks of September, during a multinational SINKEX off the coast of Scotland, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s helped destroy a decommissioned US Navy frigate

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Patriot Express returns to Mildenhall

When Eastern Airlines Boeing 767-336ER, N705KW (c/n 24342), touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on September 20 it marked the restart of a service after a hiatus lasting almost two decades.

Second C295W delivered to Bangladesh

A second Airbus C295W tactical transport has been delivered to the Bangladesh Army Aviation Group

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Historic

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1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

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Boulton Paul Defiant: Its early success in 1940

Before the Luftwaffe discovered its weak points, the Boulton Paul Defiant gave a good account of itself. Graham Pitchfork profiles two crews that had impressive success in the turret fighter…

Australian Twin Pioneer arrives at new home

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer VH-SYS has joined the HARS collection at Albion Park in New South Wales, having been based at nearby Wedderburn for many years

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Commercial

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Flying on a British Airways A380 – passenger experience

In the December 2013 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy recounted the first British Airways A380 flight to Los Angeles and reported on the passenger experience

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

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NASA Boeing 747SP retires after stellar career

NASA’s Boeing 747SP, N747NA (c/n 21441), which was adapted to carry a large telescope and was referred to as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), flew its last mission yesterday (September 29).

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Flight Simulation

FlightSimExpo releases initial 2023 event schedule and travel details

One of the world’s largest flight simulation events, FlightSimExpo, will take place in Houston Texas on June 23-25, 2023. Held across two locations near Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU), the 2023 event will offer flight simulation fans the chance to interact with developers, try out the latest hardware, hear the latest products and meet fellow sim enthusiasts.

Ant's Airplanes Tiger Moth for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Tiger Moth was the first ever aircraft produced by Ant's Airplanes. In 2019 it was rebuilt for FSX and Prepar3D, and now it has been converted for Microsoft Flight Simulator with extra detail added to take full advantage of the new platform.

Vans RV-8 takes flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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