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Inside 700X NAS: The Royal Navy’s Experimental Drone Squadron

We spoke to Lt Cdr Martin Howard to find out how his 700X Naval Air Squadron is working at the cutting edge of remote aircraft technology for the Royal Navy

Queen’s final flight sets all-time flight tracking record

The flying of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin by a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on September 13 set a new flight tracking record, website Flightradar24 has said

USAF’s 16th ACCS completes final Joint STARS flight

The 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron – a part of the USAF’s 461st Air Control Wing – marked a major milestone on September 8, when the unit flew its final local sortie with the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS from Robins AFB, Georgia

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USAF Starfighters Scrutinized

Warren E Thompson, in the December 2016 issue of Aviation News, looked back at the USAF career of the iconic Lockheed F-104 Starfighter – including its service in the Vietnam War 

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Flying the KC-135Q – Global Reach for the SR-71

A force of KC-135Qs was dedicated to air-to-air refuel the SR-71A Blackbird.  In the August 2012 issue of Aviation News pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) described his experiences flying the ‘Q’ variant of the Stratotanker supporting the SR-71A on its secret missions

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Battle of Britain’s forgotten ‘Few’: a brave naval aviator

The tragic tale of Fleet Air Arm pilot Arthur Blake, who fought in the RAF alongside a childhood friend

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KC-135Q Pilot: Special Blackbird procedures and rescuing an SR-71

Pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) concludes his description of serving on the KC-135Q force supporting the SR-71A Blackbird on its secret missions

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F-86 Sabre pilot on fighting MiGs in the Korean War

In the August 2009 issue of FlyPast, Warren E Thompson takes a look at Sabre versus MiG and presents an American pilot’s account of fighting Soviet jets in the Korean War

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Commercial

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Transatlantic boost for Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is set for more USA links as Delta Air Lines revealed wider plans of its transatlantic programme for next summer. Read more on Key.Aero to find out…

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The Airbus A380 – how it all began

In a special publication on the Airbus A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton detailed how Europe's largest aerospace programme come into being. Mark Ayton goes back to where it all began.

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Flying the A380: A Pilot’s Perspective

In the August 2011 issue of Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara spoke to Emirates Airbus A380 pilot, Captain Francis Carr to find out what it is like to fly and operate this massive airliner.

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Flight Simulation

Yakutat for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Northern Sky Studio has announced that PAYA Yakutat Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

172SP Classic Enhancement pack for MSFS released

The 172SP Classic Enhancement pack offers improvements to the default Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Microsoft Flight Simulator with more realistic engine and electrical system modelling along with upgrades to the cockpit.

PMDG releases 737-800 for MSFS

PMDG has finally released its highly anticipated Boeing 737-800 for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS).

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