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Canada inks $14bn F-35A deal to replace ageing Hornet fleet

The Canadian government announced on January 9 that it had finalised an agreement with its US counterpart, along with Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, for the acquisition of 88 F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters for an estimated cost of CA$19bn (US$14bn)

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Inside the cockpit: Exercise Falcon Strike from a Dutch F-35 pilot's perspective

Read about a Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-35A pilot's time flying a training mission during Falcon Strike 22 defending a C-27 with paratroopers onboard from enemy SAM systems and a Navy cruiser vessel

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US Navy Growlers in Europe

Six Boeing EA-18G Growlers from the US Naval Expeditionary Squadron VAQ-134 ‘Garudas’ were sent to Germany in March to join NATO patrols. Patrick Roegies, Ben Gorski and Jurgen van Toor assess this short but vital deployment

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 127

Welcome to the 127th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Aero Vodochody contracted to overhaul and modernize Bulgaria’s fleet of L-39ZA Albatros

Aero Vodochody has been awarded a four-year contract to upgrade and overhaul the L-39ZA Albatros fleet of the Bulgarian Air Force

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Commercial

All US domestic flights GROUNDED following tech glitch

All domestic flights in the United States were grounded for several hours earlier today after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered a nationwide ground stop following the failure of a system alerting pilots to potential hazards on flight routes.

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Wizz Air to close a UK airport base

Wizz Air has announced it is to close one of its UK airport bases because of a "challenging macro-economic environment and high operational costs".

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Virgin Orbit Boeing 747 UK rocket launch fails

Virgin Orbit’s attempt to launch a rocket carrying satellites into space last night (January 9, 2023) from the UK ended in failure.

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Historic

Corsairs being returned to flight

A Californian organisation is immersed in the process of restoring multiple Corsairs to fly…

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RCAF Sabre pilot recounts unforgettable Cold War experience

For a young Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, flying the Canadair Sabre Mk6 and tangling with other NATO fighters in the skies of Cold War Europe was something never to be forgotten

Duxford announces airshow dates

The Imperial War Museum Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, has listed the dates of its flying events for 2023

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Flight Simulation

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Orbx’s Stockholm-Bromma and Malmo Airports reviewed

Sweden is an oft-forgotten part of the flight sim world, despite having some fantastic airports and locations to visit. Forget Arlanda and let's look at two airports that offer an interesting location or a challenging approach. Let’s check out Malmö and Stockholm Bromma.

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Hype Performance Group’s Hot Air Balloon

While we’re used to seeing most genres represented across major simulation platforms, occasionally a new area is opened up that grabs your attention. Here we review the HPG Hot Air Balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FlyingIron Simulations’ P-38L Lightning

FlyingIron Simulations has rapidly acquired a reputation for producing exceptionally high-quality add-ons for both X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator. This time we take their P-38L Lightning for a spin and see how it measures up.

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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.