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Ever wondered how the Battle of Britain film was created?

Watch exclusive interviews with pilot John Preece, and Spitfire historian Peter Arnold about filming the best-known historic aviation movie of all time to find out.

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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 51

Welcome to the 51st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Huey II crashes in the Dominican Republic

A Dominican Republic Air Force-operated Bell UH-1H-II Huey II utility helicopter crashed in Jimaní – the capital of the nation’s Independencia Province – on July 7

WATCH: Working with the man behind The Battle of Britain’s aircraft

Ex-RAF pilot Hamish Mahaddie was the man whose job it was to get the aeroplanes together for The Battle of Britain. One of the film’s pilots, John Preece, and Spitfire historian Peter Arnold discuss their memories of him

WATCH: “How I became a pilot in the Battle of Britain film”

John Preece spent the summer of 1968 filming in one of the most iconic historic aviation movies ever made. Here’s how he got into it…

WATCH: How they really filmed the Battle of Britain dogfight scenes

It’s probably the most famous footage from the best-known historic aviation movie of all time – but as pilot John Preece explains, it took a few goes to get right…

RNLAF ceases F-16 operations from Leeuwarden

After 42 years, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has ended Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighter operations from Leeuwarden Air Base in Friesland

Incredible facts about Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown you might not have known 

The late Captain Brown was undoubtedly one of the most accomplished and respected naval test-pilots, flying more than 487 different aircraft during his distinguished career

Easyjet bookings increase 400% following change to quarantine rules

The airline is set to operate five million seats on flights between the UK and 85 Green and Amber destinations this summer, while Ryanair introduces ‘buy one get one free’ offer for July

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Rare 90-year-old report of a Zeppelin flight!

This account of an aerial tour of Britain, from the September 16, 1931 issue of The Aeroplane, provides revealing insights into the operation and passenger experience of flying in one of these behemoths

Cessna 170 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aircraft developer, Carenado has released the C170B for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon leaves paint shop

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force – serial 9582 ‘Vingtor’ – was rolled out of the paint shop in Renton, Washington, on July 9, after receiving its RNoAF livery, complete with 333 Skvadron’s famed ‘Saint’ logo on the tail

US Navy orders three more MH-60R Seahawks

Three additional Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime utility helicopters have been ordered by the US Navy as ‘replacement in kind’ platforms to replace three examples that were transferred to the Greek government

FlyPast Podcast Episode 29

For this episode, we're talking to Charlie Walker of the Night Fright C-47 restoration projection...

Who was Katherine Stinson?

The pioneering female pilot became an inspirational figure for many women across the United States and overseas

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Five airliners that became firefighting aircraft

After decades of carrying passengers, these jets have forged a new life fighting fires around the world

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Switzerland selects F-35A as new fighter

Switzerland’s Federal Council determined at its meeting on June 30 that the procurement of 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role fighters represented the most suitable solution for protecting the Swiss population from future air threats

Australia receives two additional Chinooks

A pair of additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters have been delivered to the Australian Army Aviation Corps

Zagreb Airport for X-Plane Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Zagreb Airport is now available for X-Plane 11.

BREAKING NEWS: RAF COSFORD AIR SHOW 2021

The RAF Cosford Air Show team have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 guidance and, after much consideration, have taken the very difficult decision not to hold an Air Show event over the weekend of the 11th and 12th September 2021

GA-ASI rolls out first MQ-9A Reaper for the RNLAF

During a ceremony at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems production facility in Poway, California, on July 7; the first MQ-9A Reaper UAV for the Royal Netherlands Air Force – serial M-001 – was formally unveiled

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge in this week's historic quiz!

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AT-6E Wolverine: The USAF's natural choice?

We speak to Brett Pierson, the vice president of Defense Sales and Strategy at Textron Aviation Defense, to discover why the AT-6E Wolverine is the USAF’s natural choice for light attack

USMC starts divesting RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

As part of the radical re-organisation of the USMC under the Force Design 2030 programme, the service has retired its first two Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

FFL Flight Training Receives Qualification for A322 FNPT II MCC Device

FFL Flight Training has acquired an A322 FNPT II MCC simulator from the German-based manufacturer Aerotask to support their increased demand for jet transition, familiarisation and ATPL training.

Etendard IVP, No. 07 of the production batch is being used for flight trials of the Douglas “Buddy pack” in-flight refuelling system. Feature Premium

Inside Dassault’s Fighter Factory in 1962

A snapshot of Dassault’s fighter production lines and details of a supersonic VTOL Mirage from the pages of The Aeroplane and Astronautics issue of February 8, 1962

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