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The last of the Victors

It’s now three decades since the RAF said farewell to its last ‘V-bomber’, and retired the Victor K2 tankers of No 55 Squadron. But they weren’t about to slip quietly away…

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Multi-role Victors of the Falklands War

British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the vital contribution of the Victor. Glenn Sands detailed the aircraft type’s involvement in the conflict in the July 2012 issue of FlyPast

Victor cutaway - get under the skin of this V-Bomber

A cutaway drawing of the Handley Page Victor K2 tanker

Historic Aviation Quiz: Great War Aircraft Recognition

How good is your aircraft recognition? Can you recognise these Great War types?

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Life as a Victor Air Electronics Officer

Squadron Leader Mike Beer MBE tells FlyPast what life was like as an Air Electronics Officer on the Handley Page Victor.

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Military

USAF’s final WC-135R arrives at Offutt AFB

The 45th Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) – a component of the USAF’s 55th Wing – received its third and final WC-135R Constant Phoenix (64-14829/OF) when the aircraft touched down at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on December 4, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Taiwan’s ‘Vipers’ gain US codes in Arizona

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF)-operated F-16V Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 21st Fighter Squadron ‘Gamblers’ at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona – which are used for the training of Taiwanese F-16 pilots and maintainers – have started to apply removable US serial numbers and insignia, as well as the Morris ANGB-affiliated ‘AZ’ tailcodes to the newly delivered jets.

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RAF Typhoon combat debut over Libya

In the September 2011 issue of Aviation News, Jon Lake reported on how the RAF’s Typhoons were fairing in combat missions over Libya.

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Commercial

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easyJet looks ahead to an even brighter future

After being forced to transform its business as demand for air travel slumped during the pandemic, easyJet is now growing on all fronts. Tom Batchelor looks at the airline’s plans to expand and upgauge its fleet, launch fresh routes and open a new UK base.

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Finnair CEO reveals future plans

Thomas Haynes charts the first century of the Finnish flag carrier and speaks to its CEO, Topi Manner, about plans for its second

Ultimate festive commercial aviation quiz!

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas, one and all! Santa is currently loading up his sleigh, ready to soar around the world, deliver those presents, and provide some festive joy! While we wait, why not test your knowledge in our Ultimate Festive Commercial Aviation quiz?

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What makes ATR regional turboprops so successful

As it approaches four decades since its first flight, ATR’s eponymous aircraft effectively has the regional turboprop market to itself. Alan Dron finds out how it has achieved this

CPK to redefine sustainable aviation

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny is drawing attention for its unique approach to environmental management, multimodality and transport integration

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Flight Simulation

Thurrock Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, Burning Blue Design has announced EGMT Thurrock Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Just Flight’s Avro Vulcan B Mk. 2, K.2 & MRR review

In the review, we take Just Flight's rendition of the Avro Vulcan for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

PC Pilot - Issue 150 Downloads

Online content for the March/April 2024 issue of PC Pilot.

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