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’PAINTING’ THE ENEMY

AERIAL RECCE VULCAN AND VICTOR HOW DID NATO KEEP TABS ON THE...

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Meteor NF.11 completed at Old Sarum

Meteor NF.11 WD686 after restoration at Old Sarum. HUGH TREVOR-BDAC...

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Seaplane replica taking shape in Denmark

The fuselage framework of the Tekniske Museum’s FF.49C project...

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Italian amphibian to fly in Germany

SIAI-Marchetti FN.333 Riviera N918NS is a recent arrival at Paderborn....

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IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

LAST OF THE LINE DAKOTA DAKOTAS JOINED THE RAF IN 1943 AND...

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Multiple fatalities in Philippine C-130H crash

A Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport belonging to the Philippine Air Force crashed while attempting to land at Jolo Airport on Jolo Island in the nation’s Sulu province on July 4, killing 47 people

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Russia teases HMS Queen Elizabeth with MiG-31K, Tu-22M3 deployments

Russian bombers were training for a maritime war off the coast of Syria in late June, just as HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in the eastern Mediterranean

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US Navy buys RAF E-3D for E-6B training

An RAF Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft has been sold to the US Navy for use as an in-flight trainer in support of the Boeing E-6B Mercury programme

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Polynesian propliners

Commercial aviation has been a difficult nut to crack in Tonga since the first domestic flights took off in 1972. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South Pacific kingdom and the brief period when Chathams Pacific connected the island nation with Convair classics

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Picking up the pieces

The domestic aviation market in the UK experienced seismic shocks in 2020. Tom Batchelor reviews the events of the last 12 months and speaks to executives of the country’s major airlines to find out how they weathered the storm created by the collapse of Flybe and the COVID-19 pandemic

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Aviation transformations

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

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Flight Simulation

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VFlyteAir Piper PA30 Twin Comanche

VFlyteAir Piper PA30 A classic aircraft for X-Plane 11 ...

Navigraph Adds Support for the QW 787

Following the release of the latest AIRAC 1711 cycle, Navigraph has announced it now supports the QualityWings Ultimate 787 Collection

TFFJ – St Barts for X-Plane

Saint Barthélemy Airport (TFFJ) in the Caribbean is famous for its steep descent over a hilltop and short landing strip. Consequently, the largest aircraft allowed to operate to the airport is the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 Twin Otter.

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