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Historic

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How thrust reversers work

Thrust reversers have been used on famous aircraft, such as Concorde and the Tornado. Find out how they work.

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STARS OF THE BIG SCREEN: Catch-22

With 16 North American B-25 Mitchells, the aerial armada assembled for the movie adaptation...

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AEROPLANE MEETS... Lang Kidby

England-to-Australia flights in both Vickers Vimy replica and original Avro Avian...

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World War II’s rocket-powered fighter jet

A wonder in principle… a flop in practice: Key.Aero remembers the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, a 700mph single-seater that was ahead of its time

New Spitfire documentary is must-watch TV!

Have you been watching ‘Inside the Spitfire Factory’? The second episode airs at 9pm, Monday October 5 on More4 – don’t miss it!

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Military

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Royal Norwegian Air Force and the F-16: the complete story

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has bade farewell to the Lockheed Martin F-16 after more than 40 years of pivotal service defending the Scandinavian country and serving NATO’s air-policing system. Paulo Mata reports

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

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Commercial

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Virgin Australia – The Rise and Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip on the commercial aviation industry, Virgin Australia became its next casualty after entering voluntary administration on April 21. Thomas Haynes examines the airline’s history and analyses what went wrong for Australia’s second largest carrier.

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Boeing Breaks Off Embraer Tie-up

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer has accused Boeing of making “false claims” to justify terminating a $4bn deal to acquire the firm’s commercial aircraft business. The US airframer said it exercised its rights after Embraer “did not satisfy the necessary conditions”.

Distance flown out of UK’s airports drops by 84 million miles a month because of COVID-19

Incredible data reveals the true scale of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial aviation.

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Airports of the World Issue 89 - May-June 2020

Welcome to Airports of the World Issue 89 - May-June 2020

Are Airports the Next Smart Cities?

Airports globally are recognized as being similar to smart cities, as they focus on delivering improvements to operations, sustainability, experience and business vitality.

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics: Stage 1, Lesson 1

The principles of flight

Geneva professional for Prepar3D

Aerosoft has announced Geneva professional is now available for Prepar3D version.

Sri Lanka for X-Plane

The latest destination to be released by JustAsia is VCBI - Sri Lanka International Airport for X-Plane 11.

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