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When the RAF Vampire became a record-breaker

On July 14 1948, six Vampires overcame 150mph headwinds, Icelandic sea fog and the US Air Force to set a new standard for jet aircraft. Chris Croot recalls the story…

RAF modifies pilot training for Reaper, Protector

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has unveiled a new, improved personnel training pathway for unmanned aerial system (UAS) pilots ahead of the arrival of its new Protector RG1 platform.

Five Commercial Aircraft That Never Were

The development of a commercial aircraft is an incredibly difficult, expensive and long process. Because of this, not all designs make it into production. Here’s five examples of aircraft that never made it into commercial service.

How they made Top Gun

US naval aviator Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek was an instructor at the real Topgun school when Hollywood called. He tells the story of the team who helped bring realism to a cult 1980s film and here reveals some of the tricks of the trade.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date Announced

Asobo Studios has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator is set for Launch on August 18 for PC and with Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Qantas Begins 747 Farewell Flights

Australian flag carrier Qantas has begun its programme of farewell trips in its last Boeing 747 ahead of the type’s retirement from airline service on July 22.

US approves Japan’s $23bn F-35 purchase

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Japan.

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The DHC Chipmunk 22

After 70 years, de Havilland’s trusty training aircraft is still going strong. We went to The Shuttleworth Collection to watch them take theirs out

Celebrating the 747: BA Captain on Flying the Jumbo

There are very few aircraft that have an identity that transcends the aviation industry quite like the Boeing 747. Thomas Haynes speaks to Paul Howard, a retired British Airways 747 Training Captain about what it was like to captain this special aircraft.

Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has signed a multi-year contract with Safran Helicopter Engines to provide engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for its AS532U2 Cougar utility helicopter fleet.

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