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Historic

Wally’s War

In this week’s MyPast, we hear part 2 of Wally Layne’s wartime story. David Layne tells of some of his father’s key movements before the events that lead to his unfortunate capture…

FlyPast Podcast Episode 6

This week we speak to writer and aviation historian Paul Crickmore about the book he co-wrote, analysing the Battle of Britain from the Luftwaffe's perspective.

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FlyPast March 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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Pioneering through the decades: 1900-1970

In 1903, man managed to stay airborne for a few seconds. By 1970, we were able to fly to the moon. What important pioneers played a part in assisting toward this incredible achievement? We look at key moments over the decades…

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Supersonic Legend

Chuck Yeager, wartime fighter pilot and the first aviator to break the sound barrier, died in December 2020. Kathleen Hanser explores his fascinating career...

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Military

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New RAF Typhoon radar still planned for introduction by 2030

The next step of the planned European Common Radar System Mark 2 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, intended to be fitted to Royal Air Force Typhoon multi-role fighters, will see the completion of a prototype system ahead of manufacturer testing

Going head-to-head — a TOPGUN F-14A (BuNo 162591) and a visiting VF-32 F-14B (BuNo 161608) and crew merge during high-aspect basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) in 2002. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics Feature Premium

Tomcats of TOPGUN

Inextricably linked to the Navy Fighter Weapons School thanks to the hit movie Top Gun released in the spring of 1986, the F-14 Tomcat came to symbolize the very best of US naval fighter aviation throughout the jet’s three decades of fleet service

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China's new air to air refuelling aircraft: XI’AN Y-20U

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the PLAAF’s ambitions for the new Xi’an Y-20U airborne tanker

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Commercial

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Global Boeing 737/747 Fleets

The COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns pushed airlines into a hibernation phase. As they begin emerging, global fleet data reveals exactly what impact the pandemic has had on two of the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft, the Boeing 737 and iconic 747.

Seven of the World’s Most Amazing Runways

Runways come in many different forms and vary greatly in their characteristics. Whether they’re perched on the side of a mountain, are made from sand or are short enough to make landing difficult, the following seven runways some of the most amazing in the world.

Gallery: British Airways' Jumbo Journey

To mark the day that British Airways retired its final Boeing 747s, Key.Aero has put together a gallery of images which illustrate the type's long history with the flag carrier.

The Airline Donald Trump Wants You to Forget

Casinos, aftershave, even steak - Donald Trump has tried his hand at many things. But one venture he wants you to forget is his brief and ultimately unsuccessful stint at running an airline. Thomas Haynes examines how it all came about, and what went wrong.

BA to Retire 747s with Immediate Effect

UK flag carrier British Airways has confirmed that it intends to withdraw the Boeing 747 from its fleet with immediate effect.

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics - Series 2, Lesson 10

We fly across northern California and learn some new navigation tips

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Just Flight’s Traffic Global

Bringing AI life to X-Plane

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Deka Ironwork Simulations’ DCS: JF-17 Thunder

A new lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat
aircraft for DCS World

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