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Life on a RAF Germany Phantom squadron

With the Cold War in full flow, West Germany’s position on the front line demanded an allied presence. Former RAF Phantom pilot Al Munro gives a taste of his Battle Flight years

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The Blackburn Buccaneer: Red Flag’s low-level legend

Former Buccaneer squadron commander Graham Pitchfork describes the RAF’s extraordinary success during the early Red Flag exercises

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How the RAF took the Harrier into the field

The Harrier Field Force was a revolutionary concept for the Cold War RAF, yet despite its birth pangs, it soon evolved into an unrivalled capability. We spoke to the man who, more than anyone else, made it so

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Aviation News March 2024

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74 Sqn and the Lightning F.3

Tony Clay describes the Lightning F.3 and its time with the RAF’s famous ‘Tigers’, 74 Squadron

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Military

USAF’s 305th RQS welcomes first Jolly Green II

The USAF’s 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS) – a component of Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC’s) 943rd Rescue Group (RQG) – joined the HH-60W Jolly Green II family on February 1, when the first aircraft (21-14521) arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Portugal receives first second-hand P-3C Orion from Germany

The Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP; Portuguese Air Force) received the first of six former Marineflieger (German Navy)-operated P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on February 9

USMC’s first East Coast F-35B unit declared operational

The USMC formally declared its first East Coast-based F-35B Lightning II squadron operational when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 (VMFA-542) ‘Tigers’ – a component of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) – achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina on February 5

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Commercial

First delivery from ex-A380 assembly line

Airbus has successfully delivered its first A321neo assembled at its newest A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse.

Virgin Australia announces new Link-up

Virgin Australia has signed a new codeshare agreement with Link Airways, expanding its reach across the country by around 45%.

First Airbus for Lufthansa City Airlines

Lufthansa's newest subsidiary, City Airlines (see Airliner World January 2024), has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A319s ahead of its launch in March.

SAS steps closer to SkyTeam with Atlanta announcement

SAS has added a new route connecting Copenhagen with Atlanta to its summer 2024 programme.

THE ULTIMATE SPANAIR QUIZ!

On January 27, 2012, Spanair ceased operations after a rescue deal with Qatar Airways fell through. For this week’s quiz, we take a look back at the Spanish carrier and its operations. Good Luck!

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Flight Simulation

Diamonds in the sky

Aircraft developer COWS has released the DA42 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Leading Edge Simulations’ DC-3 v2 review

Leading Edge Simulations is renowned for creating highly authentic simulations of classic aircraft for X-Plane. This time, we check out its latest incarnation of the DC-3.

Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Scenery developer AuraScenery has released Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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