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Historic

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Desert Mischief: Hurricanes of 40 Squadron SAAF

Andrew Thomas investigates the cheeky nose badges that appeared on the desert-based World War Two Hurricanes of a South African reconnaissance unit

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Life and Times of a special Buccaneer

First flown more than 50 years ago, the Buccaneer XV344 eventually made its mark...

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FlyPast Classics: Tony’s Trials and Tribulations

Malcolm V Lowe explains how Japan’s uniquely powered Ki-61 Hien...

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Display Teams: Equine Excellence

In our second study of bygone aerobatic teams...

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Repaired, Reworked... and Lifting Our Spirits

Assistant Editor Jamie Ewan talks to the Aircraft Restoration Company...

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Military

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Inside the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Cougar operations

Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit of Bronco Aviation delve into the world of Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Aérospatiale Cougar operations with 300 Squadron out of Gilze-Rijen Air Base

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The SAS mission to destroy Exocets during Falklands War

Described by experienced SAS members as a 'suicide mission', Operation Mikado was an unsuccessful plan by British special forces which involved striking Argentine air bases in a bid to wipe out the threat posed by the country's Exocet anti-ship missiles and the Super Etendard jets carrying them. Key Aero recounts the details of this daring plan

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No 12 Squadron: the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit

No 12 Squadron – the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit – ended 2021 in the Middle East. Key.Aero looks back at the squadron’s recent history and its participation in Exercises Magic Carpet and Fox Defender

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Commercial

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Arriving in Style

Aviation enthusiast Henry Tenby welcomes us
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On Algerian Wings

Air Algérie has endured civil wars and national recessions, but today is facing a very different kind of challenge

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The Big Swiss Switch

Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways has recently retired a trusty old workhorse as well as welcoming a shiny new arrival

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Ruled Britannia

Forming the basis of what is now the world’s largest charter, Britannia Airways was born out of a necessity for a reliable holiday airline

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Biofuels Bridging the Gap

Sustainable aviation fuels are widely considered to be an essential, albeit interim, solution to the aviation industry’s impending emissions crisis.

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Flight Simulation

DCS: Supercarrier Update

Since the last update on this eagerly awaited module, the Eagle Dynamics (ED) team has been focusing on several core features of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

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1S2 Darrington for X-Plane released

Orbx has released its first X-Plane 11 airport for TrueEarth...

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Baron’s Combat Corner: Part Two

Falcon – A history of a classic combat flight simulation ...

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The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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