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Harry Hawker one hundred years on

It’s just over 100 years since Australian pioneer Harry Hawker lost his life in a tragic accident. Ken Ellis pays tribute to an exceptional aviator

Final WTD61 Transall flight

German Luftwaffe (Air Force) Transall C160D 50+86, the last of the type operated by Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61 (WTD61, Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment) at Manching, has made its final flight

Canada future fighter contest now a two-horse race

The department of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC) of the Canadian Government announced on December 1, that its future fighter capability project (FFCP) is down to only two remaining bidding companies

Last TLP flying course of 2021

The last flying course of the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) 2021 commenced on November 15 and is due to conclude on December 3

Simultaneous runway ops return

In a bid to “ensure stable flight operations”, simultaneous runway use resumed at Berlin/Brandenburg on the first day of December 2021.

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First flight beckons for Australian Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MH603 is expected to make its first post-restoration flight from Scone, New South Wales after extensive refurbishment from Vintage Fighter Restorations. The immaculate warbird is now also available to purchase via Platinum Fighter Sales

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Identity revealed for joint QEAF-British Hawk unit

In a ceremony at RAF Leeming on November 24, it was announced that the QEAF-British Hawk training squadron being established at the Yorkshire base will be known as 11 Squadron (Qatar)

100 ARW receives Block 45 KC-135

The 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, has received its first KC-135R Block 45 Stratotanker

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Unseen colour photos of pre-1950 British Civil Aircraft

A fantastic new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains 170 fabulously colourised images of pre-1950 British aircraft. Here's a selection of some known and some less well-known civil aircraft from the golden age of British aviation.

First Spanish Air Force A330-200 is delivered

The first of three Airbus A330-200 (local Spanish designation T-24) aircraft ordered by the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) was delivered on November 30

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ITA firms up major Airbus order to overhaul fleet

The new Italian flag carrier has firmed up a huge Airbus order to overhaul its fleet of Alitalia hand-me-downs

Poland takes over Air Policing in Lithuania

Poland has taken over responsibility for NATO's Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania

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HFB 320: The bizarre bizjet with backward wings

The Hansa Jet had an unusual design with forward-swept wings, which gave a number of benefits including a more spacious cabin due to the wing spar being further back. The April 8, 1965 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ covered the bizjet’s first visit to the UK

Essendon Airport for Prepar3D

Orbx has released YMEN Essendon Airport V2 for Prepar3D v4+.

Historic aviation quiz

Try your hand at this week's exceptionally difficult historic aviation quiz!

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The truth behind aviation's strangest tales

There’s a certain picture that pops up with surprising regularity on social media showing a Spitfire flying alongside a V-1 flying bomb. The clarity of the picture alone is enough to reveal it’s a fake, but it does get people talking. Did RAF fighters really get close enough to flip Hitler’s terror weapon? And, if so, why?

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Air-to-air with the Polish Heritage Flight

Established in 2019 to salute the heroism of Polish aircrew during World War Two, the Polish Heritage Flight possesses a Spitfire with significant history. Darren Harbar goes air-to-air with this magnificent machine and learns more about its provenance and role

RNLAF F-16s travel to Italy for training exercise

Between November 12-26 the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)/Royal Netherlands Air force (RNLAF) sent multiple F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons over to Gioia del Colle Air Base, Italy, for Exercise Gioia Falcon

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Explained: A350 and Falcon tailchases over the Med'

What have business jets and widebody airliners flying in close formation got to do with sustainability? Here's what...

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Swiss Hornets practise low-level flying during Yorknite 2021

For the third year running, RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire is hosting the Swiss Air Force and its Exercise Yorknite, which (as its title suggests) is predominantly for night flying training.

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Omni 767 crew rejected take-off above V1 before brake fire

An Omni Air International Boeing 767 suffered a brake fire after the crew rejected a take-off above V1, a report by Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has found.

RAF Chinook and Puma mark 90 years of joint service

A joint flight with both specially painted Chinook HC.6 (ZD984) and Puma HC.2 (XW224) helicopters took place on November 25 to celebrate the combined 90 years of service between the aircraft

Aerosoft Mehamn Airport Released

Aerosoft has announced Mehamn Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Video shows moment British F-35B crashes during take-off

An extraordinary video which appears to show a British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II crashing into the Mediterranean during take-off, has been circulating on social media

PMDG Douglas DC-6 available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace

Created by the development team at PMDG Simulations, the Douglas DC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is a highly detailed simulation recreated in authentic detail and realism.

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