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Further details emerge of LMXT platform

Further details have emerged of the Lockheed Martin/Airbus Defence and Space partnership to bid for the US Government’s KC-Y ‘Bridging Air Tanker’ programme, which is seeking between 140 and 160 additional tankers from 2029

A Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker shown before the conflict. Surprisingly, seven days into the war in Ukraine and Russia still hasn’t gained air superiority. Ukrainian MoD Feature Premium

War over Ukraine: the first week

As nearly a week has passed since Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, Khalem Chapman examines the key developments since the war began

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

With one of the largest air forces in the world, many are questioning why Russia has not yet achieved control of the skies above Ukraine. Alan Warnes details the situation as we know it

F-111 capsule ejection system explained

The F-111 had an unusual ejection system about which Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) reveals some remarkable facts

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Polish airport near Ukraine border could be key defence support hub

Poland’s Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, located in the southeast of the country just 50 miles from the Ukraine border, could be playing a significant part of the NATO response to the ongoing Russian invasion, with multiple Allied transport aircraft arriving over the past 24 hours

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Historic

French Transall bows out with farewell tour

Wearing a unique commemorative scheme, the French Air Force’s C-160 Transall R-212/64-GL has undertaken a farewell tour to mark the retirement of the type from service.

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How a pricey restaurant bill led an actor to start an airline with a Dragon Rapide

The very fine restoration of a de Havilland Dragon Rapide also resurrected a British airline name from the past. We tracked down the man who ran the original Scillonia Airways, and talked to one of the leading lights in the modern operation of the same name

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Flying Germany’s incredible V/STOL Dornier Do 31 airlifter

German jet innovation resumed post-war, and with a vengeance. The Dornier Do 31 V/STOL transport was a remarkable achievement — we talked to the test pilot who was instrumental in this ground-breaking project

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Commercial

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China Eastern Boeing 737 crash: The facts so far (UPDATED)

A Boeing 737-800 operated by China Eastern Airlines has crashed into a hillside in southern China. With details still emerging on this serious accident, Key Aero’s team of aviation experts has pulled together the latest facts as they currently stand

CONFIRMED: China Eastern Boeing 737 has crashed

Chinese state media has confirmed that a Boeing 737-800 has crashed in Teng County in the country’s southern Guangxi region. Official reports say the passenger aircraft was carrying 132 people

QUIZ: Aer Lingus St Patrick's Day Special!

Will the luck of the Irish be with you for this special Aer Lingus themed quiz?

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics

This latest world update to the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system Review Premium

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system

We look at a new set of controls that faithfully replicated those found in the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, designed by a company called AuthentiKit.

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PC Pilot Issue 135

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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