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Last F-15Cs depart Lakenheath News Premium

Grim Reapers' F-15s bow out of Europe

On April 27, 2022, the final four McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and flew west for their new assignment to the 131st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Municipal Airport.

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In photos: Ex Frisian Flag 2022

With many NATO fighter assets taking part at this years Frisian Flag, Key.Aero reports from the exercise

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UK to test drones for perimeter security roles

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to procure small multi-rotor uncrewed aerial systems for use in security purposes across its Logistic Support Operating Centre sites

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The Expeditionary Sea Bases of the US Navy

Combat Aircraft Journal takes a look at how the US Navy is reconfiguring the design for civilian oil tankers into a mobile, multi-mission base at sea

Final Czech Mi-24/35 Hind gunship leaves LOM Praha

The last Mi-24/35 to be overhauled by LOM Praha in Czech Republic flew from the facility on April 26. It marks the end of nearly 40 years of the Czech Air Force’s gunship helicopter being overhauled at the company’s Kbely factory

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Commercial

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Royal Jordanian Airlines' post-pandemic strategy

Tom Batchelor catches up with Samer Majali, chief executive of Royal Jordanian Airlines, to learn more about the carrier’s post-pandemic strategy

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Embraer's 20 years of continued success with the E-Jet

It is 20 years since the Embraer E-Jet’s first flight. Bernie Baldwin discovers what getting the aircraft aloft felt like and learns more about the family’s importance to air transport

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CROYDON: Rivalry at London’s ‘first’ hub airport

Competition, comfort and co-operation became bywords for Croydon-connected carriers as they vied for speed records, new standards in flight experiences and even teamed up on popular routes as we discover in the fourth of our six weekly forays into the hub’s history

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Historic

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Onboard a B-52 during NATO fighter interceptions

Aviation journalist Malcolm English recalls the privilege of flying with a Stratofortress crew during NATO fighter interceptions in November 1980.

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Letters home reveal US Navy pilot's First World War exploits in the UK

It must have been quite a culture shock for US Navy pilot Benjamin Lee 2nd, moving from his homeland to first rural Cornwall and then the Humber estuary as part of his service’s contribution to the First World War’s fight against German U-boats. This talented aviator’s letters home paint a picture of life at these two outposts

A flight of four F-105Ds from the Bitburg-based 36th Tactical Fighter Wing in loose formation. JOHN DEBROCK Feature Premium

Nuclear F-105 Thunderchiefs in Europe

Best-remembered for its performance as a conventional fighter-bomber during the war in South-east Asia, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, or ‘Thud’, was originally designed with one primary mission in mind: to deliver a tactical nuclear weapon. For that purpose, it served on the front line of the Cold War with USAFE

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Flight Simulation

Aeroplane Heaven Spitfire Takes Flight in MSFS

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Mk1A Supermarine Spitfire for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

New Austrian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Kufstein-Langkampfen Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Zadar Airport Released

Orbx has announced LDZD Zadar Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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