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Military

ILA Berlin, RIAT and Farnborough cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The ILA Berlin Airshow, Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) have become the latest large-scale aviation events to be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finnish PC-12NG fleet surpasses 30,000 flight hours

The Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) has announced that its Pilatus PC-12NG fleet has surpassed the 30,000-flight-hour milestone.

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Israel's Workhorse at 50!

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the CH-53 Yas’ur, which marked a half-century of service with the Israeli Air Force last October.

The Nighthawk Returns!

Last February, Combat Aircraft Journal brought you the incredible story of the still-active F-117A Nighthawks that were photographed and filmed flying at low level in the Mojave Desert. Aircraft continued to be seen throughout 2019, but of recent their appearances had dropped off. However, now the F-117 is back!

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RAF Rivet Joints: Out of the Shadows

The RAF has been highly secretive over the years about the electronic intelligence role of 51 Sqn. With this in mind, Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara was intrigued to hear what would be revealed at a recent press event held at RAF Waddington.

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Commercial

BA officially ends 747 ops with three-mile flight!

After nearly five decades of distinguished service with British Airways, this afternoon (December 11) the flag carrier has flown its final Boeing 747

Virgin sells two 787s for a surprisingly small sum, here’s why

In a bid to raise cash to help it through its COVID-19 recovery, the Crawley-based carrier has agreed to the sale of a pair of Dreamliners

How one airline changed the way all airliners take-off

In a bid to find cost savings, bosses at one carrier in the 1970s stumbled upon a revolutionary idea that would alter the way most future commercial jet aircraft would take to the sky

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Historic

FlyPast Podcast Episode 17

In the latest episode of the FlyPast Podcast, the team celebrates Vulcan Week on Key.Aero by chatting to Sam Scrimshaw, the Deputy Crew Chief on XH558...

A guided tour of the Vulcan cockpit

Taff Stone, the Chief Engineer at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, shows you around the controls...

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

On this day 69 years, ago a prototype of the B-52 performed the bomber’s maiden flight. Still in service today, we present five photos from the early days of the Stratofortress...

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Flight Simulation

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Challenging Airports: Milford Sound

Challenging Airports - Milford Sound (NZMF)

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Flight Controls for Airliners

A Beginner’s Guide Saitek’s Pro Flight Yoke has been...

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PA-28R Arrow III

The Flight of the Arrow Just Flight Crisp textures are...

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