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Military

Spangdahlem F-16CMs arrive at Kadena Air Base in rare deployment

Eight USAF Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron ‘Warhawks’ of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany touched down at Kadena Air Base in Japan on January 16

Russian jets fly in as Belarus begins fortnight of joint air force ‘exercises’

Belarus has launched a joint air force exercise with Russia on January 16, 2023 that will last until February 1, as fears grow that start that Moscow is seeking to persuade Minsk to join the war against Ukraine

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What is the current state of Taiwan's ageing F-5 Tiger II fleet?

After almost 60 years of service, the Republic of China Air Force’s F-5s are due to be phased out. Air Forces Monthly examines the impact the jet has had in ensuring the defence of the island nation

First KC-130Js arrive in Hawaii as USMC activates VMGR-153

The USMC activated a new Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tanker-transport unit when Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 153 (VMGR-153) ‘Hercules’ was stood up at MCAS Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii on January 13

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USAF set to continue flying ‘retired’ F-117As for another decade

While the USAF formally ‘retired’ its fleet of F-117A Nighthawk stealth attack jets in April 2008, the air arm is now seeking to keep a number of examples flying in support of “limited research and training activities” until at least 2034 – more than 25 years after the type was initially withdrawn from service

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Commercial

World’s only ‘aerobatic airline’ The Blades to close

After more than 15 years in operation, the world-famous Blades Aerobatic Display Team is to close.

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EU investigates Aeroflot Boeing 777 deal

Could the purchase of ten Boeing 777-300ERs from an undisclosed lessor breach EU sanctions?

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Why Airbus A330s are a ’perfect fit’ for Condor

Condor’s initial A330-900 entered service in the carrier’s striking new livery in the last days of 2022. Mark Broadbent details the debut and considers the A330neo’s fortunes

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Historic

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‘The War Lover’ – B-17s and a Hollywood icon

Sixty years ago a trio of B-17s took part in a movie that was not well received at the time but came to be regarded as a gem – as Ken Ellis describes

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Handley Page HP113 - the biz-jet concept based on the Canberra

Could this executive transport have been Handley Page’s saviour? Perhaps not, but the HP113 was a highly advanced design — even if it borrowed from, of all things, the Canberra

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The amazing story of Lancaster Just Jane’s flight from Australia to the UK

Nobody told the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society it couldn’t have a Lancaster flown back to the UK from Australia, and operate it in private hands — so, it did. It left an outstanding legacy, for the ‘Lanc’ now known as Just Jane

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Flight Simulation

Victoria Falls for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Jeppeson2001 has announced the Victoria Falls Scenery package for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Concorde for X-Plane 12 released

Colimata has announced the Concorde FXP version 3 is now available for X-Plane 12.

DCS: A7 Corsair II · development update 

FlyingIron Simulations has released a new status report highlighting the progress of the upcoming A7 Corsair II for DCS World.

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