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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

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.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition

Asobo Studio has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition is now available.

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Wing Leader and top-scoring Allied fighter pilot of WW2 – ‘Johnnie’ Johnson

Following on from our piece on Roald Dahl, we thought it we’d share another of our favourite biographies, Wing Leader, the tail of a Leicestershire man who began the war as a sergeant pilot in the Volunteer Reserve, who went on to become one of WW2’s most celebrated fighter pilots.

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80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the build-up, attack on and importance of Pearl Harbor to America

Brazilian Navy receives first naval combat H225M

Airbus helicopters has announced the delivery of the first naval combat configured Airbus H225M to the Marinha do Brasil/ Brazilian Navy on November 24

RAAF bids farewell to the Classic Hornet

After over three and a half decades of service, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has farewelled the F/A-18A/B Hornet via an end of era event hosted on November 29

Basic concept of the Skylounge system is for the detachable module to make pick-ups at downtown points and then be slung under a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane for movement out to the airport. Feature Premium

S-64 Skycrane Flying Lounge Trials

In its May 31, 1967 issue ‘Aeroplane’ detailed trials of a novel intermodal concept for how to travel to an airport with a lounge being attached to a helicopter

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Relaunched Flybe accepts first Dash 8-400

Newly resurrected regional airline, Flybe has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 71

Welcome to the 71st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Airbus delivers the highest-density A330 ever built

Airbus has handed over the first A330-900 to be configured with a 459-seat, all-economy class cabin

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