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FlyPast Podcast Episode 51

For this episode of the FlyPast Podcast we’re joined by [retired] Group Captain Tim Willbond OBE to talk about the debt we owe Air Chief Marshal Dowding...

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20 things you didn't know about the Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Two planes, one pilot: the P-38 Lightning made its first flight on January 27, 1939. It had a top speed of over 400 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest fighters to date. To mark the anniversary of its first flight, we’ve put together 22 facts that you may not have known of the P-38 Lightning…

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What’s happening with Aer Lingus Regional and when is it returning?

The brand disappeared following the collapse of Stobart Air, with British Airways and Aer Lingus mainline stepping in on a caretaker basis - so when will it return and how?

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Command and conquer: Developing C2 capabilities for space

Recent threats to commercial and military activities in space have prompted the United States and its allies to found new military command structures to provide enhanced command and control in the space domain, as tensions with Russia and China increase

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Heritage History: RCAF 407 Squadron

In the latest of our squadron heritage histories, Andrew Thomas focuses on a Royal Canadian Air Force unit that has flown maritime operations for its entire lifespan – the 407 ‘Demon Squadron’

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P-51 Mustang 65 Years on

On this day in 1957, 65 years ago on the button, the United States Air Force retired the final P-51s from service. From that date forward, all USAF fighters would be jet-powered

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New home for TBAG's Buccaneers

When it had to leave its long time base, The Buccaneer Aviation Group (TBAG) had some tough decisions to make. The team’s Jake Wallace reflects on how they’ve successfully saved their two mighty jets and given them a new lease of life at a new home

FIRST EVER – With the distinction of being the World’s first civil air liner to be designed, from the outset, for airscrew turbines, the Viscount promises to set a new high standard of air line travel. Feature Premium

‘The Aeroplane’ air tests the Viscount

The Viscount was the world’s first turboprop airliner and an impressive total of 448 examples were manufactured. ‘The Aeroplane’ published this air test report on the new propliner in its November 4, 1949 issue

Historic Aviation Quiz - Seaplane Edition

How well do you know your Float-Seaplanes and Flying Boats?
Test your knowledge with this weeks selection of aircraft silhouettes…

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To Kill a Radar: Analysing the now largely-forgotten ARMAT missile

Now largely forgotten, ARMAT was a French weapon that proved its worth in the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq War. We take a closer look

London's Gatwick Airport set for Vueling expansion

Vueling is due to increase its presence at London/Gatwick, basing two aircraft at, and boosting its route network from, the West Sussex hub as part of a summer 2022 programme.

US approves sale of 12 C-130J-30s to Egypt

US State Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules.

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Uncrewed acquisition: Demand surges for tactical UAVs

As militaries gain greater experience of the role that tactical uncrewed aerial vehicles can fulfil, the market for such platforms continues to develop and mature

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FlyPast Cockpit Lengends: Al Deere

A man who epitomised so many of the qualities – courage, tenacity and toughness – of his fellow New Zealanders, Al Deere’s autobiography, Nine Lives, captures perfectly these characteristics, which made him a Battle of Britain ace and the second highest scoring New Zealand fighter pilot

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FlyPast Cockpit – Did you know?

What do Porsche, Ferrari and the highest-scoring Italian fighter pilot of World War One have in common? If you know your motoring emblems, the wild stallion emblazoned on the fuselage of flying ace Francesco Baracca’s Spad fighter will immediately strike a chord

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FlyPast Cockpit: The truth behind the tales

FlyPast debunks common myths and tells the stories of popular legends. This month: Beer Barrel Spitfires!

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Exotic escapades

Yangon International Airport serves as the main gateway to its namesake city and the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Jim Parsons ventured to the busy Southeast Asia airport in December 2019 to snap some exotic airlines

The recently unveiled specially marked F-15C of the 493rd FS, note the unit’s air-to-air kills painted on the air brake. Key-Jamie Ewan News Premium

Special markings highlight impending end of Eagle ops for ‘Grim Reapers’

The 48th Fighter Wing’s 493rd Fighter Squadron has specially painted one of its F-15Cs to mark the end of its operations with the Eagle

Leonardo says it has “no evidence of issues” on Kuwait Typhoon allegations

European defence prime Leonardo said it is not the subject of a judicial investigation in relation to the delivery of 28 Typhoon multi-role fighters to Kuwait, hours after Kuwaiti news outlets reported the alleged misappropriation of public funds by military officers in relation to the programme

Frontier set for return to pair of airports

US-based Frontier Airlines has its sights set on a return to Chicago/Midway and Houston/Hobby this spring with a combined 13 new routes.

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FLRAA effort now in midst of competitive phase

The effort to fulfil the US Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement is now in the midst of its competitive phase, pitching two differing rotorcraft designs in a head-to-head contest

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Paul Brickhill, The Dam Busters

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Remove the title and authors name and the cover illustration alone is enough to tell you a thrilling read awaits…

What's next for Airbus' Beluga STs?

With Airbus having placed four BelugaXLs into service on its inter-factory services, what's next for the company's first generation giants?

US Navy F-35C crashes on USS Carl Vinson

A US Navy F-35C Lightning II assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) was involved in a landing accident on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during routine flight operations on January 24

Retired B-52H completes epic road trip

A retired US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress has completed a 19-day, 1,407-mile journey by road from Arizona to Oklahoma

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