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ANALYSIS: Tensions between China and Taiwan reach new high after Pelosi visit

Tension between Taiwan and China reached a new high after a controversial visit by one of the United States’ most senior politicians. We examine the fallout

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 109

Welcome to the 109th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Qatar’s first Eurofighter Typhoons arrive in-country

Qatar has formally received its first four Eurofighter Typhoons after BAE Systems delivered the initial batch of the multi-role fighter to the country in late August

Senegal receives first C295W

Senegal has become the latest African nation to join the ever-growing list of global Airbus C295 operators after the nation received the first of two C295W multi-purpose transport aircraft during a ceremony at its base in Dakar on July 28

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Secretive US Navy Poseidons visit RAF Mildenhall

A pair of US Navy-operated Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft assigned to the extremely secretive Bureau of Naval Personnel Sea Duty Component at Dallas Love Field Airport, Texas, arrived at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, UK, on September 2

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Historic

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What it takes to restore a de Havilland Dragon Rapide

There’s been the odd setback along the way, but the de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s Dragon Rapide is approaching the day when it will become a prized exhibit.

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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GALLERY: Elizabeth II - the real Queen of the Skies

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II flew further, faster and more often than any other British monarch. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting her relationship with aviation over the decades

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Commercial

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Flight review: KLM’s brand-new Premium Comfort cabin

After years of development and more than a decade of feverish industry speculation, it’s finally here. On August 31, KLM launched Premium Comfort, its first clean-sheet cabin concept since World Business Class arrived on the scene in 1994. 

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

QUIZ: The Ultimate Turboprop Trivia

They play a vital role in commercial aviation, maintaining crucial air bridges in regional markets at a faction of the cost of conventional jet aircraft, and yet they’re often misunderstood and underappreciated. This week we pay homage to the humble turboprop – how much do you know?

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Flight Simulation

Milan Malpensa incoming

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Milan Malpensa for Microsoft Flight Simulator is in development.

Bonanza V35 for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced the Beechcraft Bonanza V35 is now available.

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We explore Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels

Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels has often been described as the best third-party airport yet produced for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We take a closer look at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs and see how it measures up.

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