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Additional King Air 350i special mission aircraft arrives in Japan

Textron Aviation has delivered an additional Beechcraft King Air 350i special mission aircraft to Japcon Inc, ahead of the aircraft’s official handover to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

In pictures: Wizz Air’s spectacular four-aircraft flypast

The low-cost carrier was welcomed to Wales following an amazing flypast enjoyed by thousands

Boeing 737 MAX in-service fleet rises above 100

After peaking at 360 in early 2019, the embattled jet has reached a small milestone in its road to recovery

Belgium receives second Airbus A400M

The Belgian Air Component has taken delivery of the second of seven Airbus A400M transport aircraft it has on order

Quiz: How well do you know your defunct airlines: UK edition

The list of defunct airlines is very long, but how well do you know extinct United Kingdom-based examples? This is a quiz dedicated to carriers that failed to stand the test of time

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Aviation News April 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

BAE Systems set to launch EPAWSS production

BAE Systems has received a US$58m contract from Boeing to launch low-rate initial production of the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the USAF

Wizz Air UK reveals four-aircraft flypast plans in Wales

To mark its arrival in the country, the low-cost carrier is planning to make a big entrance

Piper Arrow III Ready for Take-Off

Chilean developer Carenado has released the PA28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fokker F28 Preview

Just Flight has released new preview images of the upcoming Fokker F28 Fellowship.

Former Blue Angels F/A-18C prepared for permanent display

The US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest is preparing a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet – formerly operated by the service’s Blue Angels demonstration team – for permanent display at NAS North Island in California

West Atlantic ATP swerved off runway after bungled crosswind landing

In strong gusty winds, the crew failed to apply the correct flying technique resulting in a runway excursion

Spitfire Touches Down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

FlyingIron Simulations has announced the Spitfire L.F Mk IXc is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Peter O. Knight Airport for MSFS Out Now

Airport developer, Verticalsim has released KTPF – Peter O. Knight for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Op Octave Quartz: Crystal Clear Power

The decision to withdraw US troops from Somalia involved a formidable assembly of American air power known as Operation Octave Quartz. But will it embolden Islamist insurgency? Key.Aero investigates

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The Rise of the T-7A Red Hawk

With the T-7A Red Hawk, Boeing is creating the world's first fifth-generation advanced flight training system. We explore the program that's set to replace the USAF's workhorse T-38 Talon after 60 years of exceptional service

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Viper's Bite: The Evolution of the F-16

With more than 4,600 aircraft produced, the F-16 is a design masterpiece and a stunning export success. While today's variants may be a world away from the original in terms of capability, the Falcon is still fighting and could win more orders in the future, as Key.Aero explores

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The evolution of Russia's famous Hip heavy-duty helicopter family

We provide an in-depth look at Russia's Mil Mi-8 'Hip' tactical transport helicopter, which is the flying equivalent of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: affordable, functional, robust, widespread and deadly

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A behind-the-scenes look at NATO's Texas-based jet training programme

We explore the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, which is based with the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and has been teaching student fighter pilots and their instructors since 1981

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China offers new clues about mysterious H-20 stealth bomber

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has teased the world with a fleeting glimpse of its new H-20 stealth bomber. The bomber’s debut, in a lavish official recruiting video, both confirms expectations and raises questions

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A behind-the-scenes look at the new Franco-German C-130J unit

A historic strategic alliance between the French and German air forces has seen a new European bi-national squadron take delivery of its first tactical transport aircraft - as we report

FlyPast Podcast Episode 11

This week, Aeroplane Editor Ben Dunnell and FlyPast's Deputy Editor Jamie Ewan join the podcast to discuss the Spitfire on its 85th anniversary...

Lufthansa Group reveals future fleet strategy

As it reports a near €7 billion loss for 2020, the airline group shares its plan for simplifying and modernising its roster

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History’s most bizarre experimental aircraft, pt2

Whoever thought that the United States Air Force would consider designs that look like something straight out of Inspector Gadget? Read on…

Stapleford Airfield Incoming

Orbx has announced EGSG Stapleford Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is due for imminent release.

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