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Military

Germany to send Patriot air defence battery to Ukraine

Following last month’s announcement that the US government would supply a Patriot air defence battery to Ukraine, the White House revealed on January 5 that Germany will also donate one of its own systems to the war-torn country

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First Algerian Be-200ChS seaplane unveiled in Russia

The first Beriev Be-200ChS (Be-200ES) amphibious aircraft ordered by Algeria has been publicly unveiled in Russia prior to it undergoing flight tests

Russia receives more Su-57s as production ramps up

Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation announced on December 28, 2022, that another batch of serial production-standard Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters has been handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defence

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Why the Nimrod MRA4 is one of Britain's most infamous procurement failures

Over-optimistic deadlines, numerous technical challenges and spiralling costs conspired to make the Nimrod MRA4 one of the UK Ministry of Defence’s most infamous procurement failures, as Combat Aircraft Journal details

Latest TH-73A order set to complete planned US Navy fleet

The US Department of Defense has awarded a contract modification to AgustaWestland Philadelphia – a subsidiary of Leonardo – exercising an option to acquire a further 26 TH-73A Thrasher training helicopters for the US Navy

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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

Desert Storm EF-111A to be refurbished

General Dynamics EF-111A Raven 66-0047 is being restored at Silver Springs Regional airport in Silver Springs, Nevada

Historic Aviation Quiz: US Navy Phantom Edition

With January 12, 2023 marking the 50th anniversary of a United States Navy (USN) F-4 Phantom claiming the 197th and final US air-to-air ‘kill’ of the Vietnam War, we dedicate this week’s Historic Aviation Quiz to McDonnell Douglas’ ‘Double Ugly’ in USN service...

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The ultimate Spitfire? Supermarine Spiteful and Seafang examined

Were these two Spitfire developments a step too far? In this month’s Aeroplane Database, Tony Buttler investigates

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Flight Simulation

Custom UNS-1 for the 146 Professional incoming

Following the release of the 146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Just Flight development team has revealed they are working on major updates for the aircraft, including a custom UNS-1 Flight Management Computer.

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Thranda's Cessna U206G Stationair review

The U206G belongs to Thranda’s Dynamic Generation Series, which is designed to take full advantage of the physics and flight dynamics in X-Plane. Find out more in this review...

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IL-2 Sturmovik interview

Welcome to the start of a new series on the ever-popular IL-2 Sturmovik franchise, now called the IL-2 Great Battles series developed by 1C Game Studios. We begin by interviewing two members of the team: Andrey Dineev and Daniel Tuseyev, to provide some background on their latest addition to the franchise.

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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.