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AIR FETE ’90

With the Cold War in its death throes, the 1990 edition of RAF Mildenhall’s annual spectacular proved to be one of the very best

Asobo’s Junkers Ju 52 Review Premium

Asobo’s Junkers Ju 52

As the availability of new scenery and aircraft add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator via its Marketplace continues to accelerate, we take the opportunity to review an Asobo release of a historic classic of the 1930s, the Junkers Ju 52.

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FlyPast Podcast Episode 49

For this episode, the FlyPast team provide some alternative Christmas viewing ideas. Alternative, being the word…

Qantas at present operates II Boeing 707-138Bs at an average utilization of 11.4 hours a day. Feature Premium

Qantas – when the future looked supersonic

A fascinating snapshot in time from ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News, June 25, 1964’ issue when supersonic travel was on the horizon. This article details how Qantas, like many airlines at the time, was planning to add supersonic airliners to its fleet

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Skytrooper moves under its own power 

Vintage Wings Inc’s Douglas C-53 Skytrooper 41-20095 successfully completed its first post-restoration taxi runs on December 12 in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Kim Downey

Boeing 747-300 Feature Premium

A double dose of Dutch

The historical ties that bind the Netherlands with the Dutch Caribbean and Guianas forged prolific, but sometimes turbulent, aviation links. Keith Otto explores the history of ALM Antillean Airlines and Surinam Airways (SLM) and their connection to Dutch flag carrier KLM

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

RAF Typhoon marks first air-to-air kill over Syria

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon has shot down an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) while operating over Syria, marking the first operational air-to-air engagement conducted by the type in UK service

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Singapore Airlines sets sights on A350 freighter

Singapore Airlines inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for seven examples of the newly launched A350F freighter, plus options for five more.

Iceland’s PLAY goes transatlantic

Reykjavík-based low-cost airline PLAY has unveiled its plans to launch transatlantic services next year.

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600 for X-Plane Review Premium

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600

For flight simulation, the A300-600 has been missing, until now. Step up iniBuilds, with its A300-600R add-on for X-Plane 11. Can an A320 pilot like myself fly the old girl? Will I be able to navigate the steam dials and can I cope with the yoke? Let’s find out.

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Supermarine Seafire to fly with Navy Wings 

Yeovilton-based charity Navy Wings has announced that Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII SX336 has officially joined its collection of airworthy historic aircraft. 

Newark Air Museum Vulcan News Premium

Change of ownership for Newark Air Museum's Shackleton and Vulcan

An agreement has been reached between Newark Air Museum (NAM) and the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association (LLA), that has resulted in the ownership of the Avro Shackleton, WR977 and the Avro Vulcan, XM594 being immediately transferred to NAM

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The rise of Ethiopian Airlines

The rise of Ethiopian Airlines has been a remarkable achievement. In this exclusive extract from a new book, ‘Ethiopian Airlines The African Aviation Powerhouse’ by Jozef Mols, we examine two chapters in the flag carrier’s fascinating history

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MilViz’s PC-6 Turbo Porter

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and never has this saying been more apt than when describing the unusual dimensions of the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.

Flight Adventure - The Piper Cheyenne family Feature Premium

Flight Adventure - The Piper Cheyenne family

We head towards Alaska while exploring some of the features and innovations of the remarkable Piper Cheyenne twin-turboprop aircraft.

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FlyPast February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

First four F-35As arrive at RAF Lakenheath

The arrival of four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK, on December 15 marked the much-anticipated delivery of aircraft for the USAF's first F-35 squadron to be based in Europe

Russia rolls out stealthier Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik combat UAV

A modified, stealthier production version of the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik UCAV has been unveiled. The official rollout took place on December 14 at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant V P Chkalov

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Swissair’s speed machines

Swissair and SAS took the bold step of buying the Coronado and the March 18, 1965 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ detailed how the airliner fared

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight Review Premium

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight

In this review, look at the latest product from a company new to the world of simulation controllers but who have been designing and bringing to market many high-tech and gaming products since 1975 - San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corporation.

The Human Element - A personal journey Feature Premium

The Human Element - A personal journey

Chris Partridge looks back at his flight simulation journey, starting with a Sinclair Spectrum ZX81 in the early 1980s, through to the golden age of combat simulation in the 90s and the VR experience of high-end modern jets and helicopters currently available in DCS World.

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FA Simulations’ Helsinki Metropolitan VFR

We review FA Simulations' Helsinki Metropolitan VFR v3 for X-Plane 11.

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The Saunders-Roe Princess story

Bearing the crown of the largest all-metal flying-boat ever constructed, the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess carried hopes of luxury transatlantic travel in a post-war era. Pete London charts the dreams and realities of the ill-fated giant

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