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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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San Sebastian Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Now Available

MK-Studios has released LESO San Sebastian Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

How to pay for your shopping with a 747

Delta Air Lines has made it easy for you to squeeze the Queen of the Skies into your wallet

Twin Pioneer G-AOEO at Davos, Switzerland, where passengers were taken by horse-drawn sledge from aircraft to hotel or ski-lift. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

Twin Pioneer Demo Tours

When Scottish Aviation sent its new Twin Pioneer on demonstration tours, it really put the aircraft through its paces
By David Dorman

DC Designs Concorde Review Review Premium

DC Designs' Concorde Review

DC Designs has been at the forefront of producing the Concorde for flight simulation. This time we take a closer look at its adaptation for the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator and see how it measures up.

X-Aviation’s Challenger 650 Review Premium

In-depth look at the Challenger 650 for X-Plane

X-Aviation is a well-known publisher of high-quality X-Plane add-ons and has released what it claims is the most complex, sophisticated simulation of any aircraft made for any flight simulator to date – the Hot Start Take Command! Challenger 650 business jet. Can it really live up to this claim?

Jordan finalises F-16 Block 70 order

Jordan has officially signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the purchase of eight new-production F-16 Block 70s

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Netherlands selects C-390M to replace Hercules

Five Embraer C-390M Millennium transport aircraft are to be acquired by the Netherlands to replace the four current Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) C-130H/H-30 Hercules

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer: The F-4 Phantom Feature Premium

X-Plane 12: by Austin Meyer – Modelling the F-4 Phantom

X-Plane's creator, Austin Meyer, discusses how he managed to create a high-fidelity F-4 Phantom in X-Plane 12 that is accurate enough to be used for actual F-4 flight instruction.

No 203 AFS at Driffield, Yorkshire, trained many National Service pilots. It put up this formation of three Meteor T7s during 1949. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

When conscripts flew RAF fighters

The days when National Service pilots flew RAF jet fighters are understandably long gone, but memories remain strong – not least amongst those who piloted Meteors

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CROYDON: why Heathrow and Gatwick eclipsed London’s ‘first’ hub airport 

In the shadow of its pre-war glory days, Croydon Airport latterly became a victim of air transport’s insatiable hunger for expansion that would herald its eventual decline. In the last of our six-part series spotlight on the history of London’s first true airport leads us to the sole remaining aircraft today

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia Review Premium

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia Review

We review Update VIII: Australia for Microsoft Flight Simulator, featuring the Iberian Peninsula. It primarily covers Spain and Portugal, although it also includes a small area of Southern France, Andorra and Gibraltar.

David Beale in his replica Mew Gull G-HEKL leads ‘Dodge’ Bailey at the controls of the Shuttleworth Collection’s G-AEXF. Feature Premium

UK Percival Mew Gulls

The Shuttleworth Collection’s Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF and David Beale’s replica G-HEKL make for a splendid pair — and an interesting comparison

QUIZ: UK holiday airlines

It's been a warm one in the UK this week, and we're desperate to break out the birkenstocks and board the next Britannia Boeing to swap beer garden for Benidorm... But before you can start boarding, we need to check you know your Caledonians from your Cal Airs

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How will Tempest push the UK further into the digital air combat age?

AirForces Monthly explores the key digital characteristics of Tempest, the UK’s next-generation combat aircraft

Messerschmitt makes first flight in over 75 years

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 410077 – a former JG 54 machine – flew again in the hands of Steve Hinton on May 24 .

Final A310 MRTT retires from Luftwaffe service

After 22 years of operations, the Luftwaffe retired the last of four Airbus A310-304 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft from active service on June 15, leaving Canada as the sole remaining military operator of the widebody strategic tanker/transport

Spitfire wreck located on Maltese seabed

The Virtual Underwater Museum in Malta has published a series of images revealing the submerged wreck of a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc, sitting upright on the seabed at a depth of some 70m.

The 458th Bomb Group’s second assembly ship at work over Norfolk in the summer of 1944. This B-24H had a troublesome career with the 754th Bomb Squadron flying only seven combat missions before being modified for assembly ship duties in May that year. Feature Premium

Bizarre schemes of US assembly bombers

The skies of eastern England contained a number of rather colourful aircraft in 1944 – Roger Freeman explained the reason in the May 1996 issue of FlyPast

USAF KC-46A in-flight refuels CV-22B for the first time

The USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet reached another milestone on June 1, after the type successfully refuelled a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor in flight for the first time

Early RAF Hampden Is cavort for the camera. Although intended to be manoeuvrable, this the Handley Page aircraft was not — and certainly it was no fighter. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

Handley Page Hampden night-fighters

A desperate measure to combat the German night raiders of late 1940 saw Handley Page Hampdens being pressed into use as improvised fighters

LatinVFR Madrid-Barajas Airport and City Review Review Premium

Madrid-Barajas Airport and City Review

We review LatinVFR's Madrid-Barajas Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The airport is the primary hub for Iberia and Air Europa, with more than 80 other scheduled airline and charter companies flying routes to destinations all over the globe.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's Historic Aviation Quiz is here! What can you score out of 10?

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FlyPast August 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Urban Air Mobility: key players, technology and challenges

Urban Air Mobility is one of the most rapidly developing segments in aviation. Mark Broadbent look at who’s doing what, the technology involved and the challenges confronting the fledgling sector

Goliath F-ABAY Alsace of Air Union shares the Croydon tarmac at 15.30hrs one day with Imperial Airways Handley Page W.8B G-EBBI. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

Farman Goliath - bomber turned airliner

Farman’s Goliath started out as a design for a bomber, was turned into an airliner — and then became a bomber again

 

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