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US approves sale of 40 UH-60Ms to Australia

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible $1.95bn Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters

KC-46A makes emergency landing with boom still deployed

A USAF-operated KC-46A Pegasus was forced to make an emergency landing on August 23 with the refuelling boom still deployed after a malfunction in the retraction system

Final Exercise Point Blank of 2022 concludes

Exercise Point Blank 22-4 – the last of four quarterly-held exercises to be held in 2022 by the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk – took place from August 24-25

NATO confirms length of Fairford B-52 deployment

The length of deployment for the four USAF B-52Hs currently operating from RAF Fairford has been revealed by NATO

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USAF charts Grey Wolf progress as it receives first helicopters

Boeing and Leonardo Helicopters delivered four MH-139A Grey Wolf utility helicopters to Duke Field - located to the north of Eglin AFB, Florida - in mid-August as the USAF prepares to start test and development operations with the type

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Historic

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Was the Manchester Avro's greatest failure?

Aeroplane’s latest in-depth Database focuses on the Avro bomber whose engines, rather than airframe, were deeply flawed

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Displaying the Vulcan

In the January 2010 issue of Flypast, VTST Chief Pilot Martin Withers shared some personal highlights with Steve Beebee about displaying Vulcan XH558 the previous year

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How the Avro Vulcan was reinvented as a tanker

Following the Falklands Conflict, the Vulcan abandoned its bomber role and re-emerged as a flying gas station. Tim McLelland details its time as a tanker, which ended up being the big delta’s operational swansong

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Commercial

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Dreamliner in Deutschland

The latest news about Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787, including when it will enter service and where it will be used

QUIZ: The World's longest flights!

We're literally in it for the long-haul this week as we put your knowledge of the world's longest routes to the test. From Australia and New Zealand to the USA and Middle East - we're criss-crossing the globe with this selection of sky-high questions.

Wizz Air reveals TWENTY new routes to this Middle Eastern country

Europe’s fastest growing airline has announced enormous expansion plans in the Middle East. We reveal which country is getting 20 new scheduled links, plus frequencies, start dates and much more.

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Flight Simulation

iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4 Feature Premium

iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4

After what seems like an age, we're almost ready to seal up the Airbus A300 and push back from the gate. The passengers are all on board, the breakfast beers have been flowing in the terminal and there's a party atmosphere on board. So, let's push on, finish up our prep and get moving.

Carenado PC12 for on short final

After several months of development, Carenado has announced the PC12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is complete, and the aircraft will launch on the MSFS Marketplace in early September.

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Exclusive: Honeycomb Aeronautical's Alpha Flight Controls XPC review

When Honeycomb Aeronautical’s CEO, Nicki Repenning approached us with the exciting news that the development of the upgraded Alpha XPC yoke was complete, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more.

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