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Leonardo to deliver E-Scan radars for German and Spanish Eurofighters

Leonardo announced on January 14 that it has signed a contract worth €260m to develop and deliver the Hensoldt-led European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 1 radar for German and Spanish EF-2000s

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Callum Steele Wyman at the Battle of Britain airshow, IWM Duxford 2021

RNLAF marks new milestones with latest F-35A delivery

The RNLAF has received two more F-35A Lightning IIs in a delivery that marked the arrival of the final example for No 322 Squadron and the first aircraft destined to be operated from Volkel Air Base in North Brabant

Six MD530Gs finally handed over to Malaysia

MDHI announced on January 13 that the Malaysian MOD has completed the initial acceptance of six MD530G light attack/scout helicopters through their agent, Halaman Optima/Destini Prima

France VFR Nord-Ouest now available on OrbxDirect

The latest France VFR destination, Nord-Ouest for Microsoft Flight Simulator, is now available on OrbxDirect.

FlyPast Podcast Episode 50

For this episode, we’ve assembled the FlyPast’s editorial team to talk about the new look and content of the magazine and to explain the thought process behind it all...

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Spitfire Saviours of Cogea Nouvelle

COGEA Nouvelle is well-known for having operated six Spitfire IXs from the late 1950s to the early ’60s — all but one survive today. But what was this Belgian company, and why did it buy Spitfires?

Meet Hans Airways: Britain’s newest long-haul scheduled carrier

Key.Aero has all you need to know about this hugely ambitious new airline which looks set to become Britain's newest long-haul carrier

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Behind-the-scenes with the RNLAF's 298 Squadron and its new CH-47F fleet

We recently visited the Royal Netherlands Air Force's No 298 Squadron at Gilze-Rijen Air Base to see how the air arm's new CH-47F Chinook fleet is gaining more traction with the Defence Helicopter Command

Russia’s first new production Tu-160M takes flight

Russia’s first newly manufactured Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile carrier aircraft completed its maiden flight from the Kazan Aviation Plant at Borisoglebskoye Airfield in Tatarstan on January 12

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The most successful fighter ace of all time

Names such as Manfred Von Richthofen, Herman Graf and Adolf Galland have ricocheted through the decades, each acting as a longstanding reminder of their owner’s achievements. Another such name that time cannot surpass is that of Erich Hartmann, who is arguably better known than any

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The Vulcan Challenge: New for '22

Soar into the new year with the Royal Air Force Museum’s Vulcan Challenge, and walk, run, or cycle your way to reach the 100km, 250km or even 500km distance! The Challenge commences on Friday 14 January and advance registrations are now open…

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“A FANTASTIC MACHINE”

Lightweight, two-seat, de-riggable with a low cantilever wing and a small, technologically advanced, motor giving a very economical cruise for five or more hours. You’d be forgiven for thinking I was describing a modern microlight or very light aircraft...

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Battle of Britain's Big Screen 'Spits

With the addition to the world’s airworthy Spitfire fleet of MH415, another Battle of Britain film veteran is operational again. But what of the other ‘Spits’ that appeared in the 1969 epic? Aeroplane lists their present-day whereabouts, or fates

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Inside the French Air and Space Force's latest Rafale squadron

Escadron de Chasse 3/30 ‘Lorraine’ boasts a long and glorious history, but it is also the latest fighter squadron in the French Air and Space Force to adopt the Dassault Rafale, as we explain

Historic aviation quiz: Novel edition

Think you know your classic aviation novels and their authors? Have a go at this week's historic aviation quiz to find out

USMC deploys legacy Hornets to Saudi Arabia

Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets and personnel assigned to the USMC’s VMFA-115 ‘Silver Eagles’ have deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, to support combat operations under US Central Command and train alongside regional allies

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What happened during Iran's seven-day Zulfiqar-1400 exercise?

We recently monitored the activities of Iran’s main military branches during Exercise Zulfiqar-1400 - a major seven-day exercise on the southeast coastline of the country

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On this day: Amelia Earhart claims a new record

On this day, January 12 1935, Amelia Earhart touched down at Oakland Airport, California, making her the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to mainland USA.

RAF receives final Poseidon MRA1

Boeing has handed over the ninth and final Royal Air Force P-8A Poseidon MRA1, which was then delivered from Seattle, Washington, to RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, where it arrived early on the morning of January 11

Brazil acquires two additional RQ-900 UAVs

The Brazilian Air Force is set to grow its fleet of RQ-900 (Hermes 900) MALE UAVs by two aircraft, following the signing of an acquisition contract with AEL Sistemas – a Brazil-based subsidiary of Elbit Systems

USMC AH-1Z damaged after mishap in New Jersey

A USMC-operated Bell AH-1Z Viper has sustained substantial damage after it crashed in a field following a mishap near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, New Jersey, on January 6

Netherlands to receive MQ-9A Reaper in February

The Royal Netherlands Air Force is due to receive four MQ-9A Block 5 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles from US manufacturer General Atomics next month

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Captain W.E. Johns: Biggles

What’s in a name? Come on, be honest now, how many of you reading this have been put off from reading any of the works by Captain W.E. Johns because his eponymous hero, Biggles sounds a bit, well, silly?

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