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First flight for C-27J Spartan in Slovenian colours

The first and only C-27J Spartan tactical transport currently on order for the Slovenian Air Force was spotted in its operational colours for the first time as it carried out a test flight from Leonardo’s production and flight test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on January 12

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 129

Welcome to the 129th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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F-35 stealth tactics focus for Italy’s biggest air exercise of 2022

Dutch and US F-35s teamed with their Italian counterparts in November for an exercise that echoed the US’ own Red Flag. Mauro Finati was on hand for Aviation News

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What you need to know about the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber

After a relatively short seven-year development period, the USAF is poised to begin testing the first new long-range bomber developed since the Northrop Grumman B-2A entered service more than 30 years ago. Tom Kaminski reports

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Everything you need to know about India’s new Light Combat Helicopter

India’s Light Combat Helicopter entered service in October 2022 after a lengthy development campaign. AirForces Monthly has followed the programme since the prototype’s maiden flight and provides details of this unique attack helicopter

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Commercial

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IN PICTURES: Time travel to 1980s Thailand for some airliner action

With decades of globetrotting under his belt, including 16 years working as a tour manager for Ian Allan Aviation Tours, Gerry Manning has a wealth of images in his personal archive. In this first instalment from a new series, he shares a visit to Thailand in the late 1980s

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Boeing 747 freighters: your complete guide

Freighters have been an important part of the success story of the Boeing 747. In the November 2017 issue of Aviation News David Wills examined the variants and conversions that have taken to the skies

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Qantas 747 captain: My special memories flying the jumbo

Owen Zupp has flown Airbus narrowbodies as well as the Boeing 737 and 787, but it is the 747 that will always hold a special place in his heart. Here, he recounts some of his outstanding memories of the iconic jumbo.

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Historic

Duxford to host History Festival in March

Duxford's history festival will allow enthusiasts to ‘experience their own immersive, history-filled programme meeting real war veterans’

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105-year-old Fleet Air Arm veteran interview

Ronny Scott was one of more than 2,000 Argentine volunteers who joined the British forces in World War Two. Today, aged 105, he is among the oldest surviving Fleet Air Arm veteran pilots. But he still has a vivid memory of his aviation career

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Carden-Baynes Bee: the complete story

As it turned out, a pusher twin using modified car engines, with its undercarriage almost entirely within the fuselage and a wing that rotated for storage, wasn’t a viable light aeroplane — but there was method in the Baynes Bee’s apparent madness

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Flight Simulation

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A beginner’s guide to the FMS

In this tutorial, we walk you through the process of programming the Flight Management Computer on one of the more popular flight simulation airliners, the PMDG 737. A video is available at the end of the article highlighting each step.

iniScene releases EGLL Heathrow V3

The latest rendition of London Heathrow from iniScene introduces several updates to bring the package in line with the actual airport in its current state as well as adding new features and new technology.

E-Jets 175 released in Early Access

FlightSim Studio has released the E-Jets 175 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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