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ITA firms up major Airbus order to overhaul fleet

The new Italian flag carrier has firmed up a huge Airbus order to overhaul its fleet of Alitalia hand-me-downs

Poland takes over Air Policing in Lithuania

Poland has taken over responsibility for NATO's Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania

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HFB 320: The bizarre bizjet with backward wings

The Hansa Jet had an unusual design with forward-swept wings, which gave a number of benefits including a more spacious cabin due to the wing spar being further back. The April 8, 1965 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ covered the bizjet’s first visit to the UK

Essendon Airport for Prepar3D

Orbx has released YMEN Essendon Airport V2 for Prepar3D v4+.

Historic aviation quiz

Try your hand at this week's exceptionally difficult historic aviation quiz!

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The truth behind aviation's strangest tales

There’s a certain picture that pops up with surprising regularity on social media showing a Spitfire flying alongside a V-1 flying bomb. The clarity of the picture alone is enough to reveal it’s a fake, but it does get people talking. Did RAF fighters really get close enough to flip Hitler’s terror weapon? And, if so, why?

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Air-to-air with the Polish Heritage Flight

Established in 2019 to salute the heroism of Polish aircrew during World War Two, the Polish Heritage Flight possesses a Spitfire with significant history. Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with this magnificent machine and learns more about its provenance and role

RNLAF F-16s travel to Italy for training exercise

Between November 12-26 the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)/Royal Netherlands Air force (RNLAF) sent multiple F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons over to Gioia del Colle Air Base, Italy, for Exercise Gioia Falcon

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Explained: A350 and Falcon tailchases over the Med'

What have business jets and widebody airliners flying in close formation got to do with sustainability? Here's what...

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Swiss Hornets practise low-level flying during Yorknite 2021

For the third year running, RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire is hosting the Swiss Air Force and its Exercise Yorknite, which (as its title suggests) is predominantly for night flying training.

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Omni 767 crew rejected take-off above V1 before brake fire

An Omni Air International Boeing 767 suffered a brake fire after the crew rejected a take-off above V1, a report by Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has found.

RAF Chinook and Puma mark 90 years of joint service

A joint flight with both specially painted Chinook HC.6 (ZD984) and Puma HC.2 (XW224) helicopters took place on November 25 to celebrate the combined 90 years of service between the aircraft

Aerosoft Mehamn Airport Released

Aerosoft has announced Mehamn Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Video shows moment British F-35B crashes during take-off

An extraordinary video which appears to show a British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II crashing into the Mediterranean during take-off, has been circulating on social media

PMDG Douglas DC-6 available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace

Created by the development team at PMDG Simulations, the Douglas DC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is a highly detailed simulation recreated in authentic detail and realism.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition

Asobo Studio has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition is now available.

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Wing Leader and top-scoring Allied fighter pilot of WW2 – ‘Johnnie’ Johnson

Following on from our piece on Roald Dahl, we thought it we’d share another of our favourite biographies, Wing Leader, the tail of a Leicestershire man who began the war as a sergeant pilot in the Volunteer Reserve, who went on to become one of WW2’s most celebrated fighter pilots.

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First year of the 'V-Force'

The ‘V-bomber’ triad came together in 1952, its longest-serving members, in the forms of the Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan, taking to the air to join the Vickers Valiant. But the Soviet threat they would face was evolving, too, and their weaponry had to keep pace

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PRESERVATION REVIEW OF 2021

Looking back at the year’s big events on the aviation heritage...

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King’s Cup Air Race 1952

It wasn’t all sleek modernity in 1952. That year’s King’s Cup Air Race was dominated by the vintage and veteran — much to The Aeroplane’s chagrin

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‘JIU JITSU II’: A REPEAT PERFORMANCE

A proposal to fly more missions in April 1953 was quietly dropped after the death of Stalin in March, as being politically too risky. However, the SDF assembled for a final mission on 28-29 April 1954, following very similar routes to those of 1952, and with seven of the nine crew from the 1952 flights...

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80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the build-up, attack on and importance of Pearl Harbor to America

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Airliner World January 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Airliner World 2022 calendar

Keep up to date with the Airliner World 2022 calendar dedicated to some of the icons of
manned flight

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Aeroplane January 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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