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Military

New Zealand bids farewell to P-3K2 Orion fleet

On January 24, three Lockheed P-3K2 Orions departed Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenaupai for a formation flight over the country's North Island to bid farewell to the type after more than 55 years of service

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Exercise Volfa 2022: Inside one of France’s largest ever combat air drills

Nine air powers gathered for the French Air and Space Force-hosted Exercise Volfa 2022. AirForces Monthly reports on the high intensity operations that were carried out during the latest edition of the event

Jordanian F-16 Block 70 acquisition gets green light

In a bid to modernise its ageing fleet of fixed-wing combat aircraft, representatives from the Royal Jordanian Air Force Command have inked a deal to buy at least 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcons from the US

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The ultimate guide to everything happening at RAF Lakenheath

AirForces Monthly looks at RAF Lakenheath, where the 48th Fighter Wing is continuing to transition from an all Eagle force to welcome the new fifth-generation capabilities offered by the F-35A Lightning II

Argentina receives final modernised C-130H

The modernisation of five Argentine Air Force-operated C-130H Hercules tactical transports has now come to an successful end after the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones recently redelivered the fifth and final example to the operator

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Commercial

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How drones are being used to save lives in disaster zones

Tom Batchelor looks at how drones are fast becoming a key part of the disaster toolkit, from delivering medication to providing invaluable data

BREAKING: Flybe collapses

British regional carrier cancels its flying programme and grounds its aircraft

British Airways A320 makes emergency landing at Manchester

A British Airways Airbus A320 made an emergency landing at Manchester Airport this afternoon.

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Historic

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BBMF Hurricane and PA-28 seconds away from mid-air collision

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Hawker Hurricane was seconds away from a head-on mid-air collision, the latest report from the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has revealed.

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Aeroplane meets... Andrew Panton

When Fred and Harold Panton sought to honour their brother, killed while serving with Bomber Command, their ambitions were limited. But from that came the acquisition of Lancaster NX611, the establishment of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, and one of the greatest stories of British aircraft preservation. Fred’s grandson Andrew now has this considerable legacy in his hands

Historic Aviation Quiz: US F-104 Edition

With January 28, 2023 marking the 65th anniversary of the first production Lockheed F-104A Starfighter being delivered to the United States Air Force (USAF), we dedicate this week’s Historic Aviation Quiz to Lockheed’s ‘missile with a man in it’…

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Flight Simulation

Venom takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer, SwissMilSim has released the de Havilland Venom DH-112 MK 4 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Airworthy Designs has announced St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane released

Scenery developer, iniScene has announced KBUF Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

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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.