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Mirage 2000D - on exchange with the French Air and Space Force

RAF Tornado GR4 Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Flt Lt Alex Lock is currently on an exchange tour with the French Air and Space Force’s Escadron de Chasse 3/3 ‘Ardennes’, which operates the Dassault Mirage 2000D from Nancy-Ochey Air Base in eastern France.

USMC legacy Hornet flies with Raytheon's new APG-79(V)4 AESA radar

Raytheon Intelligence and Space announced on May 10 that a pre-production version of the company’s APG-79(V)4 AESA radar had successfully completed its first flight on a USMC-operated legacy Hornet

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Going MAD: Inside the airborne nuclear forces of NATO and Russia

With the threat of nuclear weapons possibly being used in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Air Forces Monthly looks at the Russian and NATO aerial components that would be involved in such a scenario

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What changes are being made to US Navy adversary air squadrons?

Air Forces Monthly reports on the developments taking place within the US Navy adversary squadrons

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Schiebel says reports on S-100 use by Russian military are incorrect

Rotary uncrewed aircraft systems manufacturer Schiebel has moved to refute suggestions one of its S-100 platforms, operated by Russian forces, was shot down by the Ukrainian military in mid-April

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Commercial

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CROYDON: why Heathrow and Gatwick eclipsed London’s ‘first’ hub airport 

In the shadow of its pre-war glory days, Croydon Airport latterly became a victim of air transport’s insatiable hunger for expansion that would herald its eventual decline. In the last of our six-part series spotlight on the history of London’s first true airport leads us to the sole remaining aircraft today

QUIZ: UK holiday airlines

It's been a warm one in the UK this week, and we're desperate to break out the birkenstocks and board the next Britannia Boeing to swap beer garden for Benidorm... But before you can start boarding, we need to check you know your Caledonians from your Cal Airs

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Urban Air Mobility: key players, technology and challenges

Urban Air Mobility is one of the most rapidly developing segments in aviation. Mark Broadbent look at who’s doing what, the technology involved and the challenges confronting the fledgling sector

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Historic

Shackleton for Yorkshire Air Museum

Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 will be transported by road from Coventry Airport to Elvington’s Yorkshire Air Museum next year.

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Aeroplane meets... Charlie Huke

Even before his RAF career, this great enthusiast was pursuing his passion for ‘real flying’. Now he’s one of the UK’s leading exponents of light vintage aeroplanes

Historic Aviation Quiz

Get your thinking caps on - this week's Historic quiz is a toughie!

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Flight Simulation

This is not a game - what is flight simulation?

In this instalment of our two-part series, we again get a cross-section of opinions from people representing different parts of the industry to discuss that ongoing question: what is flight simulation? We have expert views from Emanuel Hagen, a current Boeing 737 pilot, Lockheed Martin and Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, plus more comments from our PC Pilot readers.

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Microsoft’s World Update VI

This latest world update to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition Out Now

Thrustmaster has announced the TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition is released.

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Upcoming Events

Heathrow Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair

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Sunbury on Thames, United Kingdom

Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.