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Spangdahlem F-16s deploy to Poland for ADR 21.3

USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and associated personnel from the 52nd FW’s 480th FS ‘Warhawks’ at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, have deployed to Łask AB, Poland, to participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 21.3

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INSIGHT: Drone used in fatal attack off Oman was Iranian

As the fallout persists over the fatal airborne attack on the M/T Mercer Street off the coast of Oman in late-July, attention has turned to examining the motivations and potential perpetrators behind the incident

A Boulton Paul Defiant night fighter. Feature Premium

Astonishing Details of Air War from 1941

The Aeroplane published surprisingly detailed weekly reports of the aerial campaigns of the RAF and the Luftwaffe during World War Two - this example is from the May 16, 1941 issue

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Norway receives another three F-35As

Three more Royal Norwegian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters arrived in Norway on August 11, increasing the air arm’s fleet size to 31 aircraft

FlyPast Podcast Episode 34

For Episode 34 we’re talking to author Thomas McKelvey Cleaver to discuss his latest book, Under the Southern Cross and various other writings...

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Orbx's Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Belgrade was originally home to the Vinca Culture, one of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe. The modern city was designed by Serbian professor of architecture, Emilijan Josimović. His grid-style plan was quite symmetrical, with parks and tree-lined avenues that are reminiscent of the ancient Roman city it once was. While these facts are really interesting, this product is not about Belgrade the city, it is based on the airport that serves it.

The Human Element – FlyByWire Simulations Feature Premium

The Human Element – FlyByWire Simulations

In the third edition of our Human Element series, we sat down with Will Pine, founder of FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This is not a game! What is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game

Now that Microsoft Flight Simulator has become fairly well established, we’re beginning to see a growing number of differing opinions as to whether this program is a game or a simulator. So, we posed a series of questions to experienced pilots and representatives of the retail side of flight simulation to get their views on the subject.

UK Discovery Tour, Part 3 Feature Premium

UK Discovery Tour, Part 3

In the third and penultimate leg of our United Kingdom discovery tour, we depart from City Airport in Manchester and fly over several incredibly picturesque mountainous areas before finishing up in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

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How did the Tupolev Tu-144 compare to Concorde?

At the height of the Cold War, the East and West drew battle lines across land, resources, and technology. The supersonic passenger aircraft was a technological marvel whose race to production status echoed the state of warfare between the two superpowers. So, which was better: the European Concorde or the Russian Tu-144?

British P-8A Poseidon MRA1 drops first torpedo

A recoverable exercise variant Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo was dropped for the first time from a No 120 Squadron Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft over the Moray Firth, near RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland - the home of the RAF's P-8A fleet - in late July

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EXCLUSIVE: HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Commander Air Wing talks from the Philippine Sea

Around three months into its first operational deployment, the UK Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), and the wider Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) have conducted a combined total of 2,700 hours from 32 fixed- and rotary wing aircraft

JetBlue lands in London on inaugural transatlantic service

The carrier is looking to shake up the highly competitive market

USAF approves second KC-46A ICR milestone

The USAF’s Air Mobility Command approved another Interim Capability Release mission set for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker on August 5, marking the second such milestone to occur in less than a month

Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics

This latest world update to the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system Review Premium

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system

We look at a new set of controls that faithfully replicated those found in the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, designed by a company called AuthentiKit.

Bell provides update on 360 Invictus progress

Bell Textron has released new data on the build and testing for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype. The programme is rapidly progressing through manufacturing, assembly, components testing and systems integration work

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PC Pilot Issue 135

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Behind-the-scenes with the USAF's famed Hurricane Hunters

Most pilots go out of their way to avoid hazardous weather, but the USAF’s elite 'Hurricane Hunters' tackle it head on. We talk to members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron about their death-defying mission

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Bell unveils design concepts for HSVTOL aircraft

Bell Textron revealed design concepts for military aircraft equipped with the company's High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology on August 2

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The role of airpower in the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan

All US and coalition troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11 after two decades. We look at the role of airpower in the evacuation and the possibility of follow-on missions

SOUTHERN TERMINUS. – S.A.A.’s DC-7B “Dromedaris” at Jan Smuts Airport after a 21-hr. run from London. Feature Premium

1957 in-flight review – South African Airways DC-7 service

A first-hand account of a then new SAA DC-7 route from the May 10, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane

Norway's first P-8A Poseidon takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) performed its maiden flight on August 9. Taking off from Renton Municipal Airport, Washington with a destination of King County International Airport, Washington commonly known as Boeing Field

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The part of a Boeing 737 MAX made by Airbus

The two aerospace giants are arch-rivals and fiercely compete for orders. But as Key.Aero discovers, there’s one piece of the American airframer’s most popular airliner that’s actually made by its adversary

85th TES F-15C fires first IRST-cued AMRAAM

The USAF’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, has conducted the first-ever live fire of an AIM-120 AMRAAM from a Boeing F-15C Eagle using an IRST system

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