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The US Navy tests the MQ-25 and its systems aboard an aircraft carrier

The US Navy in mid-December tested its new tanker drone–and, equally importantly, the drone’s control systems–aboard an aircraft carrier.

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AIRCRAFT REPORT: P-8A Poseidon the king of the seas

We chart the ongoing development of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon and details how the maritime patrol aircraft has proven its worth over oceanic skies as orders for the type continue to grow

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USMC begins transition to the CH-53K

The US Marine Corps’ Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 has become the first unit to transition from the CH-53E Super Stallion to the new CH-53K King Stallion

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IN PICTURES: VMFA-314 'Black Knights' F-35Cs at NAS Fallon

During May 2021, the ‘Black Knights’ joined the other three fighter/attack squadrons of CVW-9, the ‘Tophatters’ of VFA-14, the ‘Black Aces’ of VFA-41 and the ‘Vigilantes’ of VFA-151 for their Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP) deployment to NAS Fallon in Nevada

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Royal Australian Air Force Tigers hit the desert for training with USMC

The Australian Army’s 162 Squadron traveled half way across the world to take part in the USMC’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course – and found that some of the training conditions were more familiar than others

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Historic

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A look around the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Assistant editor James Peene made a seven-hour, 400-mile round trip to visit Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton. It was worth the journey

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Yankee doodlebug: America's copy of the German V-1 bomb

Attacks from German V-1 flying bombs gained notoriety during World War Two. Less well known is that the US developed its own version of the missile, the Republic-Ford JB-2, based on recovered remains of enemy weapons. Bill Cahill sheds light on the story

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How the Vietnam War transformed combat air rescue

Huge advances in helicopter technology saved countless lives

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Commercial

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How New York/JFK is transforming itself

New York’s John F Kennedy is embarking on a multi-billion-dollar regeneration programme that it hopes will cement its position as a top-tier international gateway. Mark Blacklock runs the rule over the airport’s impending transformation

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Embraer launches E190F and E195F conversions

It’s been a long time coming, but Embraer is finally making meaningful moves into the freighter market. The Brazilian OEM has just confirmed it will launch E190F and E195F versions of its popular narrowbody regional jet products and is promising “head-turning performance and economics”

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Lufthansa Group reveals new regional airline

The Lufthansa Group has unveiled plans for its sixth airline to launch - possibly within a year.

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Flight Simulation

Challenging Airports: Toronto City Airport (CYTZ) Feature Premium

Challenging Airports - Toronto City Airport, Canada (CYTZ)

Some airports are conveniently located in city centres and provide measurable savings for those who value time as a commodity. In this issue, we take a look at a popular near-city airfield that serves the bustling Canadian metropolis of Toronto: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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FlyingIron Simulations’ Spitfire L.F Mk.IXC 

The Supermarine Spitfire has been represented in flight simulation since the very beginning of the hobby. In this review, we will be examining the FlyingIron Simulations’ Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Fabio Merlo’s Flight Control Replay

In flight simulation, most of the in-built replay functions are limited in the features they provide. Flight Control Replay is a way of bridging that gap. What’s more, it offers many other advanced features, particularly when compared with replay functions natively provided by some of the other platforms.

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