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US Air National Guard updates 148th FW F-16s with new radar pods

Subject matter experts from across the USAF gathered at Duluth ANGB in Minnesota to exercise the end-to-end employment of the AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye radar pod – which was recently fielded on the resident Fighting Falcons of the 148th FW – and to establish a plan to operationalise the pod for all ANG-operated F-16C/Ds

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USAF E-3s deployed to Europe

For the first time since Russia launched its large scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, two US Air Force Boeing E-3G Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft deployed to Europe

USAF B-1Bs integrate with ROKAF F-35As as bombers return to Guam

For the first time this year, the USAF has deployed an undisclosed number of B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers to Andersen AFB in Guam as part of the latest Bomber Task Force mission to the highly tense Indo-Pacific region

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RNLAF prepares to upgrade 28 AH-64Ds to the Echo-model Apache

As the Royal Netherlands Air Force prepares to upgrade its 28 AH-64D Apache to the Echo-model, No 302 Squadron at Robert Gray Army Field, Texas, is playing a vital role in the transition process. Frank Visser spoke with the unit commander

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 131

Welcome to the 131st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

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Are airlines back on schedule after the pandemic?

Fresh from the release of its latest On-Time Performance review, Cirium scrutinises how post-pandemic challenges have impacted the punctuality levels of the world’s leading airlines and airports

Mitsubishi axes ailing SpaceJet programme

Japanese manufacturer terminates its regional jet project

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Has the COVID air cargo boom collapsed?

Air cargo was one of the success stories of the pandemic, but has the shine worn off? David Willis looks at the latest trends and challenges

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Historic

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REVEALED: 'Barn find' restoration of the sole surviving Fairey Gordon

The story of how this inter-war biplane came to be restored — and it’s up for sale

De Havilland Mosquito coming to Biggin Hill!

As 'FlyPast' was closing for press, news broke that a restored de Havilland Mosquito will be based at and flying from Biggin Hill!

Lockheed Orion on its way to museum

Following the final flights of the RNZAF’s Lockheed P-3K2 Orion fleet in January, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has confirmed that an example will join its collection

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Flight Simulation

PC Pilot - Issue 144 Downloads

Online content for the March/April 2023 issue of PC Pilot.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition review

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator marks a major milestone in the product's history. The update adds a host of new features including new airports, realistic helicopters, gliders, a true-to-life  Airbus A310 and seven iconic historic aircraft. We take a closer look at what is on offer.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Development Update

In the latest developer stream, Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Sebastian Wloch, Asobo's Studios CEO and Martial Bossard, Executive Producer at Asobo, provided an update on what projects are planned for the platform in the coming year.

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Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.

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