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How Hawker Hurricanes were modified to transport mail

Outmoded as a European theatre fighter the Hawker Hurricane may have been by 1944-45, but still it played a key role in the Allied liberation of Europe — of all things, delivering mail

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

Astonfly trains 500 Ryanair pilots

Low-cost carrier Ryanair is entrusting French flight school Astonfly to select and train its pilots of the future.

Production of first two RNZAF Poseidons gets underway

The Royal New Zealand Air Force's first and second P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are now being manufactured by Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems teams in the US

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The RAF’s first Javelin squadron

In its July 13, 1956 issue ‘The Aeroplane’ reported on No. 46 Squadron at RAF Odiham which was putting the Javelin through its paces in terms of trials and tactics development

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Broussard returns to the skies in Wiltshire

Following an extensive rebuild and avionics upgrade, Max Holste MH.1521C Broussard G-CLLK flew again on February 10.

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Inside the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron

Operating the C-130J Hercules, the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron is the first bi-national unit of its kind in Europe. Babak Taghvee investigates

Official launch for Navy Wings’ Seafire

Supermarine Seafire Mk.XVII SX336 was rolled out at Yeovilton on April 6, flying in front of a gathering of guests and media.

Norse and Air Europa ink Dreamliner lease deal

As start-up Norse Atlantic Airways prepares to launch tickets sales this month, it is leasing four of its Boeing Dreamliners to generate cash.

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ANALYSIS: What Russian air assets are currently operating from Belarus?

Belarus has provided Russian Aerospace Forces with a crucial launch pad for operations over Ukraine. Tim Ripley details which Russian air assets are currently operating from various locations across Belarus

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Guardians of Kyiv: Inside Ukraine's 40th brTA

Outgunned and outdated, the Ukrainian Air Force’s 40th brTA has still managed to mount significant resistance following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as Babak Taghvaee reports

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Key players go head-to-head in booming freighter aircraft market

With soaring interest in converted and custom-built cargo aircraft, manufacturers are scrambling to meet enormous demand. Richard Schuurman speaks to some of the key players within this booming sector

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An in-depth look at the Grumman Goose

In this month's Aeroplane Database, James Kightly and Ryan Pemberton take an in-depth look at the development, technical details, service and flying characteristics of the Grumman Goose

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L3Harris Airline Academy

We sat down with Dave Coward, Vice President and General Manager of L3Harris Airline Academy, to learn about its training programme and how the company uses flight simulators to enhance pilot training.

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Aerosoft's Twin Otter

The highly acclaimed Twin Otter Extended from Aerosoft was previously released for FSX and P3D. This time we review the Twin Otter for Microsoft Flight Simulator, available on both PC and Xbox.

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The Spitfire simulator used to train real-world pilots

We travelled to Goodwood Aerodrome to check out the only Spitfire simulator in the world used for training real-world Spitfire pilots.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

World Updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator continue to be released on a hectic schedule and the most recent is Update VII: Australia. Join us as we race around this vast continent to explore both iconic and some hidden scenic treasures.

Historic Aviation Quiz

Try your hand at this week's Historic Aviation Quiz. Let us know what score you get and share it with your friends to see who really knows the most!

RNLAF set to begin MQ-9A operations later this month

Having received its first three MQ-9A Block 5 RPAS and two mobile ground control stations from GA-ASI, the Royal Netherlands Air Force is now set to launch operations with the Reaper before the end of April

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France VFR Nord-Ouest

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X-Aviation’s Challenger 650

X-Aviation is a well-known publisher of high-quality X-Plane add-ons and has released what it claims is the most complex, sophisticated simulation of any aircraft made for any flight simulator to date – the Hot Start Take Command! Challenger 650 bizjet. Can it really live up to this claim?

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Carenado’s C337 Skymaster

We take a look at Carenado's Cessna 337H Skymaster for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Why a Malaysia 737 suffered uncommanded pitch up

A preliminary report issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has determined why a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 unexpectedly pitched up during flight

New Flybe launches maiden service

Flybe mark two – the new Flybe Ltd – officially launched this morning with its inaugural flight departing Birmingham Airport for George Best Belfast City Airport.

 

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