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RAF Hawker Tempests in the Malayan Emergency

Following the outbreak of the Malayan Emergency in 1948, Tempest IIfighter-bombers became the backbone of the RAF’s response to the terroristsuntil they were finally displaced by jets in 1952.

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Vulcan XH558 – final flight speculation quashed

It’s been confirmed that Vulcan XH558 will not be able to make a final flight to a new home

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What made the Hawker Tempest II the ultimate variant?

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes how the Tempest provided the fighter core of the British Occupation forces in Germany and served in India to become the initial equipment for the air forces of India and Pakistan.

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How Hawker Tempests exploded V1s before they could reach London

Within weeks of arrival on operations, the first Tempest squadrons were confronted by their greatest challenge – the V1 flying bomb. Beginning shortly after D-Day and lasting until the launch sites were captured by Allied armies in September, the Tempest pilots flew day and night in a desperate effort to explode the world’s first cruise missiles before they could reach London, which Hitler vowed to destroy with his ‘Vengeance’ weapon.

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Aeroplane December 2022

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Military

Philippine Army chief seeks Black Hawk acquisition

Lt Gen Romeo Brawner Jr – commander of the Philippine Army – has recently told reporters that he wants to acquire more Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk battlefield utility helicopters to strengthen the fleet

AFSOC receives final AC-130J gunship

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) took delivery of its final Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunship at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, on November 2

Moody A-10Cs deploy to the Indo-Pacific

Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II attack/close air support aircraft from the USAF’s 23rd Wing at Moody AFB in Georgia have deployed to Andersen AFB on the Pacific island of Guam as part of a Dynamic Force Employment Operation

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Commercial

More Boeing 777s inbound to Emirates

It’s been revealed today (November 8) that the Dubai-based carrier is set to acquire even more Boeing 777s in the coming years. Find out the exact details here…

Some of the most stunning special liveries to grace the jumbo

Although the Boeing 747 is best remembered in the iconic, but largely corporate liveries of Lufthansa, Pan Am, or British Airways, the Queen of the Skies has also enjoyed some quirkier paint schemes. Here we highlight some of our favourites from around the world...

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Boeing 747 freighters: your complete guide

Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News David Wills examined the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies

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Flight Simulation

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ButtKicker Gamer Plus review

The latest product from ButtKicker Haptics adds more power and upgraded cabling, clamping and mounting options. Along with the new HaptiConnect interface, it's said to provide deeper in-game integration for greater immersion. So, let's get to unpacking this beast!

SeaRey Elite for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aerosoft has announced the SeaRey Elite Advanced amphibian for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now.

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IPACS’ Aerofly FS 4 review

Unlike the previous versions, Aerofly FS 4 features many more scenery areas as standard, covering the US and the whole of Europe as well as a generous selection of aircraft. We take a closer look at the latest version of this innovative flight simulator.

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Heathrow Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair

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Sunbury on Thames, United Kingdom

Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.