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Historic

What the SR-71 was like to fly at Mach 3

Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed pilot Ed Yeilding to hear about his time assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird. In this segment of the interview he provides fascinating insights about the flying characteristics of the Mach 3+ jet

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Aviation News June 2023

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‘Sealion Ju 52’ revealed at Hawkinge

CASA 352L completed as a Ju 52/3m that might have taken part in the invasion of Britain

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The great Neil Williams on flying the Spanish He 111

On 11 December 1977, Neil Williams, his wife Lynn and two crew members lost their lives when the CASA 2.111 they were ferrying to the UK crashed north of Madrid. Williams had just submitted what turned out to be his final feature for Aeroplane Monthly — a typically outstanding pilot’s view of the Spanish-built, Merlin-powered Heinkel He 111

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SR-71 Blackbird operations: The untold story

In the July 2011 issue of Aviation News SR-71 pilot, Squadron Commander and ultimately Wing Commander, Col Richard Graham (ret’d) described Blackbird operations from the cockpit and also the command and control of this unique aircraft.  In this fascinating feature he describes previously untold elements from his time on the SR-71.

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Military

US Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton fleet achieves IOC

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton HALE UAV achieved Initial Operational Capability with the US Navy in early September

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RAF urged to mothball Tranche 1 Typhoons instead of scrapping them

The RAF’s Tranche 1 Typhoon FGR4 fighters should be mothballed rather than scrapped, an influential group of British MPs have concluded in a new investigative report

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Combat Aircraft Journal November 2023

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Commercial

British Airways A320 makes emergency landing at Manchester

A British Airways Airbus A320 made an emergency landing at Manchester Airport this afternoon.

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Airliner World March 2023

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Last Boeing 747 delivery: everything you need to know

Boeing has revealed that the last Boeing 747 to be built will be handed over to the customer in a ceremony on January 31, 2023.

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IN PICTURES: Time travel to 1980s Thailand for some airliner action

With decades of globetrotting under his belt, including 16 years working as a tour manager for Ian Allan Aviation Tours, Gerry Manning has a wealth of images in his personal archive. In this first instalment from a new series, he shares a visit to Thailand in the late 1980s

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Boeing 747 freighters: your complete guide

Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News David Wills examined the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies

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Flight Simulation

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Carenado’s Piper PA-28 Archer II review

The Piper PA-28 Archer II cuts an iconic figure when looking at the spectrum of light aircraft. In this review, we take Carendado’s rendition of this popular general aviation trainer for a spin.

MSFS touches down in Belgium

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has released EBLG Liège Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PMDG 737-900 and 900ER reviewed

The 737-900 is the last iteration of the popular baby Boeing from PMDG. We take a closer look at this long-range single-aisle airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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