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RED EXPRESS

Piotr Butowski reveals the story behind the Soviets’ legendary supersonic airliner that challenged Concorde

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The flight attendant who fell 33,000ft and SURVIVED

Key.Aero recounts the miraculous story of a woman who lived to tell the tale when the odds were most certainly stacked against her…

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Nelson Airport Now Available on OrbxDirect

Scenery developer NZA Simulations has released NZNS Nelson Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator on OrbxDirect.

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6 interesting things that happened on this day in aviation history

Find out how P-38Fs, Wiley Post and the world's youngest pilot to fly around the world all have July 22 in common

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First HC-130J for CGAS Barbers Point

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, received its first of four Lockheed Martin HC-130J Hercules when its initial aircraft – tail number 2008 – touched down at Kalaeloa Airport on June 11

Aerosoft and Orbx announce distribution partnership

Aerosoft and Orbx have announced a new partnership, which sees both companies sharing the distribution of their respective products.

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FROM WARPLANE TO FILM STAR

When the RAF retired its last Mosquitos, stardom in a movie helped to boost the number of survivors. Ken Ellis explains

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Skyborg completes test flight aboard MQ-20 Avenger

The USAF's Skyborg artificial 'brain' flew inside a stealthy, jet-powered UAV for the first time in late June, during a test flight which advanced the drone control system's air-to-air capability, as we explain

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of 18 Rafale multi-role fighters to the Hellenic Air Force, just six months after the acquisition contract was inked between the Greek Ministry of Defence and the French aircraft manufacturing giant

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KC-46A’s centreline drogue system approved for operational use

Headquarters Air Mobility Command announced on July 12 that the USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Centerline Drogue System mission set has been approved for operational use

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing Insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

EasyJet captain intervened after United 787 approach error in Paris

The Dreamliner came within 300ft of the A320 while trying to land in the French capital last July

Historic Aviation Quiz

Have a go at this week's historic aviation quiz! What will you score?

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Above and Beyond: Cyril Bamberger

Graham Pitchfork outlines the career of Cyril Bamberger who fought in the Battle of Britain, the defence of Malta and the Korean War

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Breaking the Gothic Line

From hunting secret Japanese submarines to blitzing enemy positions in a Martin Marauder, navigator Gordon Wilson’s incident-filled career is charted by Sean Feast

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Dark Knight

Former OC BBMF Clive Rowley reveals the story behind the new all-black night-fighter-intruder identity for the Flight’s famous Hurricane Mk IIC

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GERMANY’S HISTORIC AIRCRAFT GATHERING

Germany’s Quax Stearman group held a successful fly-in over the weekend of July 3 and 4. This annual event has gone from strength to strength over the years, as Stefan Schmoll discovers

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Fokker Fodder

The Royal Flying Corps’ 8 Squadron suffered its first loss to the ‘Fokker Scourge’ during World War One’s Battle of Loos, as Andrew Thomas describes

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PETER ARNOLD IS 'MR SPITFIRE'

Inside Stories: Peter Arnold has spent decades amassing an incredible collection of aviation artefacts. FlyPast reveals some of the finest items...

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Bristol fashion

Returning to the skies in March, the Shuttleworth Collection’s Bristol F.2B Fighter has emerged in significant 22 Squadron clothes. Darren Harbar reflects on this storied machine’s long history, and goes air-to-air with the 1918 biplane

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Stormbringer: The English Electric Lightning

Blessed with power in abundance, the English Electric Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter. The revered and famously noisy jet served the UK well for almost 30 years, as Bertie Simmonds reveals

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Air show coverage: The Battle Of Britain at Headcorn

The annual aero-extravaganza took place at Headcorn Aerodrome from June 25-27

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SPITFIRE LETTERS

Less than a year before the Spitfire prototype first flew, RJ Mitchell received a letter telling him the aeroplane needed redesigning. FlyPast reveals the correspondence, along with Mitchell’s stinging response...

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MAKS 21: Russia unveils Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’ light fighter

After days of hype, Russia has officially revealed a full-scale mock-up of its new stealthy, single-engine, fifth-generation lightweight fighter, dubbed the Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’, but also referred to as the Legkiy Takticheskiy Samolet (LTS, Tactical Light Aircraft)

Nigerian Alpha Jet crashes in Zamfara

A Nigerian Air Force-operated Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet A/N jet trainer/light attack aircraft crashed in the country’s north-western Zamfara state after being hit by intense ground fire from bandits

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