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X-Plane Touches Down in Newcastle

Aerosoft has released Airport Newcastle XP for X-Plane 11.

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Commander’s Update Briefing: BVR Combat

Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, examines what’s required to ‘reach out and touch’ an enemy aircraft.

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Croatia’s new Warriors

After three years of intensive training, Croatia’s Kiowa Warriors and their crews are on the brink of attaining full operational capability.

Progress for planned RAF Chinook buy

Plans to purchase additional Chinooks for the RAF appear to be moving forward.

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Belgium’s Multi-Role Mirages

Gen Michel Mandl (ret’d), former Chief of Staff of the Belgian Air Force and a Mirage 5 pilot, recounts the type’s service with the air arm, which included helping British preparations for the Falklands War

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In the footsteps of legends

Seventy-five years after the event, Operation Market Garden is still a focal point of remembrance for today’s airborne operations specialists.

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Air Power between Russia and the West

In the first of a two-part feature on the little-known Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence, Patrick Roegies, Stefan Goossens and Erwin van Dijkman chart the history of the service’s formative years after the demise of the Soviet Union.

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NATO’S Last Fitters

While the Su-22 swing-wing strike aircraft may be obsolescent by today’s standards, 35 years ago it provided Poland with a technological leap comparable only with its subsequent purchase of F-16 fighters.

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The long arm of the Israeli Air Force

While the Israeli Air Force is well equipped with ‘smart’ standoff weapon systems, threats developing close to the country’s borders and further afield require additional, even more capable munitions.

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Sea Breeze: Black Sea war games

Vladimir Trendafilovski reports on the 19th edition of the annual Sea Breeze multinational maritime exercise.

Book Reviews

Glenn Sands reviews three publications

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UK Carrier Strike: Lightning Force at Sea

The UK Lightning Force has embarked on what is arguably its most important mission to date, taking a meaningful complement of F-35Bs to the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

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Wildcats play Baccarat

For the first time, the British Army Air Corps joined an exercise in France with both Wildcats and Apaches.

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Alpine fighter meet

This year, the Franco-Swiss Épervier air defence exercise was held at the Swiss base of Payerne. Remco Stalenhoef witnessed F/A-18s and Mirage 2000-5Fs do battle over the Alps.

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Attrition: Report into fatal Red Arrows crash released

A SERVICE Inquiry Panel report into the fatal crash of Royal Air Force Red Arrows Hawk at RAF Valley, Anglesey, is published.

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Pucará over the Pampas

The Argentine Air Force’s major exercise of 2019 saw all the lessons learned so far this year put to the test. And, as Santiago Rivas reports, it was a final opportunity to see the Pucará perform in its original attack role.

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Fifty-fifty over the Baltics

Hungarian Gripens took part in 50 live scrambles during the 50th rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.

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Sea Breeze: The ‘invisible’ air component

Those closely following the first and last stages of each iteration of Sea Breeze are familiar with the existence of an ‘invisible’ air component.

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Russia’s airborne renaissance

Russian Aerospace Forces and Airborne Forces have taken part in a series of exercises to test new ideas and concepts for rapid intervention missions.

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Operation Northern Lightning

In a first among Joi nt Strike Fighter partner nations, Italy deployed its F-35As to Iceland in October in support of NATO’s Icelandic air policing mission.

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European tankers gain momentum

Europe’s relative lack of air-to-air refuelling assets has often served to hinder NATO campaigns in the past. Now, as Alan Warnes explains, modernisation plans are starting to bear fruit.

Navigraph FlightSim Community Survey 2019 Out Now

Between November 20 and December 2, Navigraph is conducting a FlightSim Community Survey together with several major addon developers and organisations within the flight simulation community.

Lisbon Airport Upgraded

MK-Studios has updated Lisbon for Prepar3D to version 1.3.

Hurricane Incoming

Aeroplane Heaven has released preview images of its upcoming Hurricane Mk1 for Prepar3D and FSX.

Stuttgart for Prepar3D Available

JustSim has announced Stuttgart Airport for Prepar3D version 4.4+ is released.

 

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