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Military

US contracts Lockheed Martin for 78 more F-35s

Lockheed Martin has been contracted to produce 78 more F-35s for the US Air Force (USAF), US Marine Corps (USMC) and US Navy, in a contract modification worth roughly US$4.7bn.

New PC-12 for Irish Air Corps

Yesterday (April 1), a new PC-12NG (c/n 1898, HB-FXT) conducted a test flight at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, wearing the Irish tricolour and Irish Air Corps serial 280.

Draken launches Mirage F1M combat training missions

US-based adversary air (ADAIR) contractor, Draken International, has commenced training operations with the US Air Force (USAF), using its ‘new', second-hand Mirage F1M fighters.

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Dutch Lightning Leader

Last October, a first Dutch F-35A to be permanently stationed at Leeuwarden arrived at the base in the north of the country. At the controls was Lt Col Ian ‘Gladys’ Knight, who talked to Bob Fischer about Dutch F-35 numbers and dogfighting in the stealth warplane.

Joint Helicopter Command steps up COVID-19 support

Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) has stepped up its support in the battle against COVID-19, as part of the UK government’s response to the ongoing pandemic.

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Commercial

Quiz: How much do you know about Airbus?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Airbus, this week's Commercial Aviation quiz focuses entirely on the pan-European airframer.

How Airbus struggled to sell its first aircraft

Half a century on from Airbus Industrie’s founding, Key.Aero recounts the airframer’s first steps on its road to the top and speaks with Barbara Kracht, a 35-year Airbus veteran to find out how the venture nearly failed at the first hurdle

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50 years of Airbus delivery milestones

As we mark the 50th year since the founding of pan-European aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus, Key.Aero presents a timeline highlighting the company’s impressive delivery statistics

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Historic

FlyPast Podcast Episode 18

This week we speak to Group Captain Alastair Montgomery OBE, an RAF legend and Vulcan pilot during the Falklands War. He certainly has some stories...

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

Super Sabres, Short Seamews… here are more aircraft from our capacious vaults!

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FlyPast 40th Anniversary First Edition

Flypast has re-released its first edition to mark the magazine's 40th anniversary

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Sim Q&A

You’ve got the questions? We’ve got the answers! HINTS...

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Innsbruck for Aerofly FS2

Orbx start to populate the world of Aerofly FS SCENERY ADD-ON...

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Upgrading Your PC

Jessica Bannister-Pearce describes her new custom-built PC ...

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