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The USAF's new air to air missile, the AIM-260 JATM

David Axe reports on the USAF's new air-to-air missile, the AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile (JATM)

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UK calls for aircraft provision to Ukraine

The UK Foreign Secretary has called for the delivery of heavier weapons to Ukraine, including apparent references to combat air capabilities, in a keynote speech at Mansion House, London

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The incredible experience of flying in a Bell UH-1 Huey in the UK

Did you know you can fly in a Bell UH-1 Huey right here in the UK? James Peene was fortunate enough to experience this Vietnam combat veteran up close and personal

New tenant for Manchester’s Thomas Cook hangar

The huge engineering facility has had a reprieve after almost three years lying dormant

Vintage Wings Hawker Hurricane flies

On April 23 at Ottawa-Gatineau Executive Airport, Ontario, Dave Hadfield took Vintage Wings of Canada’s Hawker Hurricane XII RCAF 5447/CF-TPM up for a first test flight, 15 years after work to put the Canadian Car and Foundry-built fighter back into the air began.

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Grim Reapers' F-15s bow out of Europe

On April 27, 2022, the final four McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and flew west for their new assignment to the 131st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Municipal Airport.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IX out now

Asobo Studio has released Sim Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding new features and fixes to the platform.

Huey 509: The iconic Bell UH-1

Did you know you can fly in Bell UH-1 Huey right here in the UK? FlyPast recently took a spin this Vietnam combat veteran and this is how they got on…

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In photos: Ex Frisian Flag 2022

With many NATO fighter assets taking part at this years Frisian Flag, Key.Aero reports from the exercise

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UK to test drones for perimeter security roles

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to procure small multi-rotor uncrewed aerial systems for use in security purposes across its Logistic Support Operating Centre sites

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The Expeditionary Sea Bases of the US Navy

Combat Aircraft Journal takes a look at how the US Navy is reconfiguring the design for civilian oil tankers into a mobile, multi-mission base at sea

How many UK departures are expected over the early May bank holiday weekend?

The green shoots of recovery are starting to show as scheduled flight departures from the UK over the early May bank holiday weekend – April 30th to May 2nd – are up 521% compared with the same bank holiday period in 2021. With data supplied from aviation analytics firm, Cirium, find out all the information and more here!

Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team and Carenado have released the second Famous Flyers series of aircraft, the Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2 Super Sportster.

San Luis Obispo Regional Airport now available

This rendition of San Luis Obispo Regional Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is recreated in detail, sporting detailed models of all the buildings and objects at and around the airport.

Final Czech Mi-24/35 Hind gunship leaves LOM Praha

The last Mi-24/35 to be overhauled by LOM Praha in Czech Republic flew from the facility on April 26. It marks the end of nearly 40 years of the Czech Air Force’s gunship helicopter being overhauled at the company’s Kbely factory

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge of Historic Aviation with this week's quiz! Let us know what score you get!

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The perilous role of air-to-air ramming aircraft

Deliberately flying into an enemy aircraft might seem like desperation, but the tactic dates back to the earliest days of military aviation. Malcolm V Lowe examines this aspect of air combat

Saab and FMV sign contract for new Gripen launch system

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the development and integration of a new launch system for Gripen C/D and Gripen E

CRJ-900 Ready for Take-Off

Following on from the release of the CRJ-700 for X-Plane, AD Simulations has announced the larger CRJ-900 is out now.

United Airlines boosts European network

The US giant has added links between two US cities and a major European hub

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Lossmaking Heathrow warns of collapse in traffic

The chief executive of Heathrow has revealed that the airport will be unprofitable for the remainder of the year and has issued a stark warning about this winter’s flying programme

Ampaire begins Eco Caravan testing

The hybrid-electric Cessna’s first flight is anticipated for later this year

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Early wartime adventures of No 330 (Norwegian) Squadron RAF

The first Free Norwegian squadron in the RAF found itself thrown in at the deep end – almost literally – flying cumbersome Northrop floatplanes from Iceland. Their early wartime adventures are recounted by Andrew Thomas

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 90

Welcome to the 90th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Red Bull “Plane Swap” stunt goes wrong as aircraft spirals out of control

A stunt sponsored by Red Bull involving two pilots swapping aircraft mid-flight went wrong when one of the planes went out of control and crashed.

 

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