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Flight Training Guide: Flight deck reflections

Gordon Smith chats with a range of globetrotting aviators to ask them what they wish they’d known before starting their pilot journey

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Flight Training Guide: Emirates’ call for new cadets

While the Emirates Flight Training Academy hasn’t been entirely immune to the fallout from the pandemic, the pilot school continues to welcome new recruits, as Richard Schuurman finds out

OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATHER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Supersonic in the Super Sabre in 1957

The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was the USAF’s first supersonic fighter and The Aeroplane gave a first-hand account of flying in this fighter after John Fricker was taken aloft. His revealing report was published in the June 28, 1957 edition

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Orange2Fly A320 stall-protection activated on approach to Muscat

The jet’s automation kicked in to prevent the aircraft from stalling

South Korean UH-60Ps land on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Republic of Korea Navy-operated Sikorsky UH-60P Black Hawks landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) for the first time this week during an at-sea Defence Engagement

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The secrets of the Tiger 9 formation team 

Flying in formation is no simple feat, especially in a 90-year-old aircraft. Ben Dunnell from Aeroplane spoke to Jeff Milsom of the Tiger 9 aerobatics team to really get an idea of just what it takes… 

Sochi for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Digital Designs has announced URSS Sochi International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

F-15E completes first successful maritime JDAM test

Three USAF F-15E Strike Eagles from the 53rd Wing’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Skulls’ at Eglin AFB, Florida, supported a test as part of the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on August 26

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Argentina receives first C-12B Huron

After a slight delay, the first of ten former US Navy TC-12B/UC-12B Hurons for the Argentine Air Force has been delivered

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Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight receives new Avro RJ70

A new Avro RJ70 acquired by the Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight passed through Luqa Airport, Malta, during its delivery flight on August 27

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Behind the scenes of Qantas' Antarctic flights

Owen Zupp, a former Qantas Boeing 747 pilot, explains how the Aussie flag carrier brought the Flying Kangaroo to the frozen continent

FlyPast Podcast Episode 37

The Flypast team report back on their whistle stop tour of Lincolnshire, revealing their highlights of a recent trip to Bomber Country...

US Reaper air strike in Afghanistan kills two ISIS-K members

An air strike using a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle was carried out by the US military on August 28, targeting ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan

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The Illustrious 500 Squadron

Engaged in the Operation ‘Torch’ landings and anti-U-boat patrols in the Mediterranean, No 500 Squadron’s efforts with the Lockheed Hudson added considerably to this auxiliary unit’s already illustrious reputation

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The rise and fall of the Semiquaver

Shortly after the trans-Atlantic episode, Martinsyde drafted a new machine, this time a racing aeroplane...

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The Last Lightning Show

RAF Binbrook’s final public salute to the service’s most dramatic jet fighter proved a virtual wash-out, but who cared?

Hurricane 501’s training duo: the Hurricane I itself and Harvard IV Wacky Wabbit, being flown by Neil Oakman and Andy Goodall respectively. Feature Premium

HURRICANE SCHOOL

Ever wondered how it's possible to sustain a private warbird operation long into the future, and provide a flow of new pilots to fly it safely? The operators of Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane I V7497 believe they have the answer

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de Havilland Mosquito: a race for the Bendix Trophy

In the brave new post-war world of the cross-country Bendix Trophy air race, surely the rapid and reliable de Havilland Mosquito would offer competitors a winning combination? Not so...

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The pro's and cons of the Me 163

No-one was in any doubt as to the Me 163’s exceptionally dangerous characteristics...

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(Tiger) Nine Lives

There are two nine-ship display acts on the British circuit — one the Red Arrows, the other the Tiger Nine. We joined the Tiger Moth-equipped outfit, and discovered an operation just as professional as its military counterpart

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Italo Balbo's epic Brazilian flight

Today the name Balbo is synonymous with large formation flights. In late 1930 and early 1931, from Italy to Brazil, there took place the first of the aerial voyages that made it so...

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Aeroplane meets Tim Manna

Work in the City brought this former US Navy P-3 Orion pilot to Britain — and the historic aircraft scene can be thankful it did...

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Two men in a Martinsyde

Everyone remembers Alcock, Brown and their Vickers Vimy, but they had many rivals in the race to fly the Atlantic first — and the one-off Martinsyde Raymor, named after its two pilots, was among them...

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Aeroplane Database: Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

An in-depth view of the Me 163 Komet

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Aeroplane Datafile: Me 163 Komet

Despite being selected for Me 163 pilot training, Josef Kurz never got to fly the type under rocket power before the war ended. Much later, having become a very seasoned gliding exponent, he decided to build an airworthy Komet replica...

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