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USAF, Northrop Grumman reveal schedule for planned B-21 rollout

The USAF and Northrop Grumman revealed on September 20 that the B-21 Raider – the air arm’s next-generation stealth bomber – will be formally unveiled to the public for the first time in early December, ahead of the type’s planned first flight in 2023.

Lightning strikes Belgian F-16BM during training sortie

A Lockheed Martin F-16BM Block 20 (MLU) Fighting Falcon was forced to make a precautionary landing at Ostend-Bruges International Airport after being struck by lightning on September 14

Northrop Grumman unveils first MQ-4C Triton for Australia

Northrop Grumman revealed Australia’s maiden MQ-4C Triton autonomous aircraft, serial number A57-001, during a ceremony at its high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft production site in Palmdale, California, on September 14

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How the German Army’s Tiger gunships support the NATO Response Force

We spoke with the commander of the Heeresflieger’s (German Army Aviation’s) Regiment 36 about his unit’s attack helicopters and their role within the NATO Response Force

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IN PICTURES: German Tornados make rare low-level appearance in UK 

The six German Air Force Tornado ECRs currently deployed to the UK for Exercise Cobra Warrior are also undertaking their own training sorties outside of the aforementioned event.

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Blackbird tales from the most experienced SR-71 pilot

Lt Col Bredette Thomas (Ret’d), who has the highest number of hours on the SR-71 Blackbird of any pilot, tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career on this remarkable aircraft during the Cold War.

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Flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam

Colonel Richard H Graham (ret’d) is best known as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – but he earlier flew 210 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War, some of which were in the Wild Weasel role.

Wellesbourne Vulcan XM655 runs off runway

Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655 was involved in a taxiing incident at Wellesbourne on September 16.

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Commercial

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How huge A380 sections travelled to Toulouse… by road

Before production ended last year, twice a month a truly remarkable, yet largely unseen, event took place in the countryside of southwestern France. Six sections of the Airbus A380 super jumbo were driven 150 miles (240km) from Langon, south of Bordeaux, to the final assembly line in Toulouse. In the July 2017 issues of Airliner World, Martyn Cartledge joined the convoy to see how the operation ran.

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Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam airline alliance

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will join global airline alliance SkyTeam, becoming its sole UK member.

Qatar Airways reveals new A380 destination

The move comes as the Qatari flag carrier plans to increase passenger capacity on a particular route. Find out which one on Key.Aero...

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Flight Simulation

Bermuda for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FeelThere has announced Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport (TXKF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Parallel 42 releases Campout utility for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Campout Utility allows you to take camping equipment on board any aircraft and set up camp anywhere in the world. It's not scenery; it's a live and dynamic object placement add-on, managed via an in-sim menu system.

Local Legends 6, Junkers F 13 takes flight

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the Junkers F 13 to coincide with the first-ever City Update, featuring five new photogrammetry German cities.

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