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Is Bahrain the next fastest cargo mega hub?

Think of major logistics hubs in the Middle East and the island country of Bahrain might not be a name that immediately springs to mind.

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Lufthansa Technik reveals MRO forecast

Lufthansa Technik’s annual results suggest the German MRO giant has overcome the problems of 2020 and now has its eyes set on a robust recovery, as Ian Harbison reports

Japan’s first Global Hawk arrives at Misawa Air Base

Northrop Grumman announced on March 14 that it had successfully ferried the first of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s three RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAVs to Misawa Air Base in Japan

Prague for Prepar3D Released

Orbx has announced LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for Prepar3D v4/v5 is out now.

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Planespotting at Madrid’s Barajas Airport in the 1970s

Pablo Peraita shares photographs he captured at Madrid’s Barajas Airport between 1971 and 1973

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Force Report: USAFE-AFAFRICA

This January, USAFE and AFAFRICA commemorated its 80th anniversary. The command is the oldest in the USAF, having been originally established as the Eighth Air Force under the US Army during World War Two. We look at the current status of the command

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RAF Typhoons on Op Ellamy

Following AFM's tenth anniversary review of Operation Ellamy in Jan 22 issue – the UK’s contribution to the UN-approved intervention over Libya in 2011, Jon Lake describes the RAF Typhoon Force’s baptism of fire in the multi-role domain during the conflict

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The intriguing history of the B-58 Hustler

It set 19 world speed records after its introduction on March 15th 1960 – several of which were set by John Denver’s father. This is the Convair B-58 Hustler…

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Germany to buy F-35A stealth fighters in astonishing switch

Germany’s astonishing about-face in defence matters has continued, just weeks after pumping €100bn into the country’s defence budget, with the announced intention to acquire the US-manufactured F-35A fifth generation stealth fighter

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First flight of the Lockheed L-749 Constellation

An undisputed icon of its time, the design of the Lockheed Constellation made it instantly recognisable at increasingly busy airports around the world. On 14th March 1947, the Lockheed L-749 Constellation made its first flight

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Operation Black Buck Twilight Taxi-Run

Saturday 21 May will see the Vulcan Restoration Trust commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict and the Operation Black Buck missions with a special twilight taxi-run event featuring Avro Vulcan B2 at London Southend Airport

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Loganair to link Isle of Man with TWO London Airports

The Isle of Man – located in the Irish Sea between England and Northern Ireland – is set to be linked by Loganair to London’s City and Heathrow Airports from this April and May, respectively.

Vintage Flying Scholarship application date released

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers’ and Coach Harness Makers’ Flying Scholarship, established in memory of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, is open for applications from May 1st 2022

Cessna SkyCourier receives type certificate

Textron is a step closer to handing over the maiden SkyCourier to launch customer FedEx Express

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Arab Aviation Summit 2022: event debrief

The Arab Aviation Summit saw some of the industry’s biggest names gather in the UAE to reflect on an eventful year and discuss strategies to counter uncertain times ahead, as Tom Batchelor reports from Ras Al-Khaimah

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Air Serbia flights to Russia hit record high

National flag carrier Air Serbia is enjoying a record rise in direct flights across EU airspace to Russia following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 84

Welcome to the 84th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Keflavik Airport for X-Plane

Scenery developer, Xometry has released Keflavik International Airport (BIKF) for X-Plane 11.

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Who was Piotr Łaguna?

With his name slowly spreading through the warbird world, following the announcement that his Spitfire Mk.IIb is returning to the air, we answer the question: who was Piotr Łaguna?

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A deep look into special forces aviation

The daring missions of multiple nations special operations forces behind enemy lines are invariably dependent on airlift – fixed or rotary wing – to get them safely to their targets and then successfully bring them home. AFM investigates the can-do mindset and unique skills of special forces aviators

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London Gatwick’s growing optimism

The green shoots of recovery are starting to appear at London/Gatwick as the West Sussex airport recorded a reduction in its annual losses while it sets its sights on a strong summer ahead.

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Spirit of Innovation: How Rolls-Royce built the fastest all-electric aircraft

Spirit of Innovation is now the fastest all-electric aircraft ever built. Mark Broadbent spoke with Phill O’Dell, director of flight operations at Rolls-Royce, to find out more about the aircraft and flying it

QUIZ: Think you know your airline CEOs?

Behind every carrier there's someone at the top trying to hold it all together. From household names to slightly more obscure bosses - we're about to test your knowledge of airline chief executives from around the world

BBMF Avro Lancaster Tour

Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE gives Key Aero a tour of PA474

Details on new Greek flight training centre

Avion Group has revealed that Koropi, situated to the southwest of Athens International Airport and within a ten-minute distance, will be home to the firm’s newest flight training centre.

 

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