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Brisbane for Prepar3D Out Now

Orbx has announced Cityscape Brisbane for Prepar3D v4+ is now available.

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A400M and Voyager combine in recent Afghan evacuee flights

The UK has confirmed that it has conducted airlifts to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans who had fled Afghanistan to a neighbouring country, with two flights by UK Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft taking place between October 15-22

RAF F-35Bs work with Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2)

RAF Lockheed Martin F-35Bs from 617 Squadron operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have participated in a maritime partnership exercise with the US Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense force (JMSDF)

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 66

Welcome to the 66th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Scottish space strategy launched

A new strategy to secure a £4bn share of the global space market for the Scottish economy has been published

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Inside Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 extension

In the most radical shake-up of airport operations for decades, Manchester’s Terminal 2 extension is now open for business. Gordon Smith received an exclusive tour to discover more about the quirky new space

Quiz: Defunct North American Airlines

Can you identify these defunct carriers from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

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Women in Middle East aviation

Three key women in Middle East aviation tell us what drew them to the sector, what’s great about it, what needs to change and what questions they’re tired of hearing

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RVL Aviation and the COVID silver lining

First came Brexit, then COVID-19. RVL Aviation head of commercial David Lacy spoke to Paul E Eden about a turbulent 18 months

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Adam Chester

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DARTeC: A new base for aviation’s digital future

From self-repairing aircraft to inspection robots, the focus at Cranfield University’s new DARTeC facility is firmly on the future, finds Tom Batchelor

Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced ENSD Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Training RAF Hunter Pilots in the 1950s

A revealing article on the challenges of training pilots on the Hunter in its early days of service with the RAF, as published in ‘The Aeroplane’ in its August 3, 1956 issue

Norway signs deal for F-35A JSM production

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded a multi-billion kronor contract to supply the Joint Strike Missile for Norway’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

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Skydiving in Dubai

With its crystal clear waters and dramatic architecture, Dubai has much to offer the skydiver. Andreas Rohde takes off with local firm Skydive Dubai

Finnish Hornets and Hawks participate in LFÖ21

The Finnish Air Force has deployed six Boeing F/A-18C Hornet multi-role fighters and three BAE Systems Hawk Mk51/A jet trainers to the Swedish Air Force's Luftförsvarsövning 21 (LFÖ 21, Air Defence Exercise 21)

FlyPast Podcast Episode 44

A fascinating conversation with former Bomber Command Navigator, Ronald Tudberry. Amongst other things, he talks about his experiences of flying with The Pathfinders and ditching in the North Sea.

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How Boeing 747s helped Cadillac build cars in the 1980s

A huge air operation enabled two car assembly plants, separated by the Atlantic, to produce ultra-luxury vehicles. Marco Rossi relays the intriguing story

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Vertical limits – BlueBird Aero Systems and VTOL technology

Militaries worldwide are moving to the adoption of fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial systems capabilities Joe Charlaff speaks with BlueBird Aero Systems on emerging trends

KC-46A Pegasus approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers

The KC-46A Pegasus has been approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers following a decision by Gen Mike Minihan, commander of the USAF's Air Mobility Command, to allow another interim capability release mission set for the tanker

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Stories of the Air Transport Auxiliary

Tara Leggett celebrates the invaluable work of the Air Transport Auxiliary’s 168 women pilots

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Stirling Service

The Short Stirling was the first of the three RAF heavy bombers to enter service in World War Two. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this famous RAF warplane

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Bob Hoover: The Pilot's Pilot

Kathleen Hanser tells the story of a World War Two aviator, a POW who stole an enemy machine to escape and a legendary aerobatic showman – the one and only Bob Hoover

6 Epitomising the type’s low-level role, the last Vulcan built, B2 XM657, formates with a cameraship for a photo sortie. This aircraft was conversely the first to receive, in 1979, the new wrap-around camouflage. CROWN COPYRIGHT Feature Premium

V-force: End of the deterrent

As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

RAF receives seventh Poseidon MRA1

The RAF took delivery of its seventh Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on October 19, when the maritime patrol aircraft arrived at its home station of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, following an Atlantic crossing from Boeing’s facility near Seattle, Washington

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