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Military

Japan conducts final RF-4EJ training flight

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has flown its final official training sortie with its McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ tactical reconnaissance aircraft.

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Phantom Survivors: Gone but not Forgotten

Operational F-4s have dwindled over the past decade, with some notable retirements and events.

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Phantom Survivors: Turkish Terminators

Having undergone a major re-shuffle in recent years, the Turkish Air Force has dramatically rationalized its F-4 Phantom II fleet as these warriors ultimately face retirement.

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Phantom Survivors: Rising Sun 'Rhinos'

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force operates an exotic mix of F-4s, with its reconnaissance variants now being retired and a single squadron of air defenders remaining.

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Phantom Survivors: Iranian Survivors

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has operated F-4s since 1968, and today retains a significant number of these aircraft as the backbone of its aging fighter force.

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Commercial

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Which airlines are still using the Airbus A340?

Following last week’s news that SAS completed its accelerated retirement programme for its A340 fleet, Key.Aero investigates how many airlines continue to operate the quadjet

Emirates takes delivery of first A380 in 12 months

The Middle Eastern carrier has accepted its 116th superjumbo after a year of no deliveries

Concorde captain on JFK departure and going supersonic

A former British Airways Concorde captain talks through the unique take-off from runway 31L at the New York hub and the transonic acceleration process

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Historic

Battle of Britain statue found

Leicestershire police have published a plea to find the rightful owner of the 30-year-old commemorative anniversary bust... do you recognise it?

The operational history of Vulcan XH558

She turned out to be the gentle giant at the heart of the Cold War despite much more serious intentions. This is the story of XH558, one of Britain’s most loved and missed aircraft

The Vulcan and the V-Force

Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s Chief Engineer, Taff Stone, talks about XH558 and its role in Britain’s Cold War-era nuclear deterrent

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics - Stage 1, Lesson 5

This issue covers some more advanced skills that are essential...

Flight Sim World released!

Dovetail Games’ Flight Sim World has finally been released...

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The Capital of the Tyrol

ORBX INNSBRUCK (LOWI) Scenery add-on for FSX, FSX: Steam...

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