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Military

USAF’s ‘Night Hawks’ part ways with the Pave Hawk

The 55th Rescue Squadron ‘Night Hawks’ – a component of the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona – has become the latest USAF unit to bid a fond farewell to its complement of HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopters

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Israel carries out strike on Iranian drone factory

An Israeli Intelligence Organization drone team, flying what were believed to be small quadcopters, hit the roof of a research facility belonging to the Iranian Ministry of Defence at the former Tohid ammunition factory in Isfahan, Iran, on January 28

Greek F-4E Phantom II crashes into the Ionian Sea

An Hellenic Air Force-operated McDonnell Douglas F-4E (AUP) Phantom II crashed in the waters of the Ionian Sea, some 25nm (46km) south of Andravida – the type’s home base – on January 30

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BAE Systems: RAF’s Tranche 1 Typhoons could be upgraded and retained

BAE Systems has told MPs that the RAF’s ageing fleet of Tranche 1 Typhoon FGR4s – which is slated to be phased out of UK military service in 2025 – could be upgraded and retained for operational use

Boeing extends support contract for Australian Chinook fleet

Boeing Defence Australia will extend its support to the Australian Army Air Corps’ 14-strong fleet of CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters after a contract extension was signed with the Australian Department of Defence on January 20

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Commercial

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Qatar Airways and Airbus settle A350 dispute

Airbus and Qatar Airways have settled a legal dispute over the “degradation of surface and paint” and the grounding of the airline’s A350 aircraft.

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Celebrating the Boeing 747’s legacy with 20 stunning photos

A chapter of aviation was closed on Tuesday (January 31) when Boeing delivered its last ever 747. Here we celebrate the legacy of the ‘Queen of the Skies’ with a superb collection of images

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What is being done to make commercial space market more sustainable?

The commercial space market needs to be more sustainable, but achieving this is anything but straightforward, finds Mark Broadbent

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Historic

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Europe's only flying Cessna T-50 Bobcat - and how it got to Germany

Following an epic trans-Atlantic ferry, Europe has an airworthy Cessna T-50 Bobcat once again

Historic Aviation Quiz: 1940s experimental aircraft

Can you identify these experimental types from across the 1940s?

Passenger flights in ex-military jets get CAA approval

Aero Legends look forward to flying customers in a BAC Strikemaster

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Flight Simulation

Helipads LA Police for MSFS now available

Orbx has introduced a new Police Activities Expansion Pack that offers a unique and realistic look into the daily operations of Police forces in the LA metropolitan area.

FS Traffic for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

FS Traffic populates the skies and airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator with detailed AI aircraft featuring high-definition livery textures, realistic sounds, custom animations and visual effects.

PA28 Archer II lands in MSFS

Chilean developer, Carenado has released the PA28 181 Archer II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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