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Historic

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What is it like to own and fly a North American L-17 Navion?

From the same same stable as the legendary P-51 Mustang, the North American L-17 Navion offers both a user-friendly and enjoyably wild ride, as Dave Unwin discovered

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Is this the strangest place to see a Hawker Hunter?

After undergoing an extensive restoration, the first production Hawker Hunter F.1 WT555 has been moved to a new home, but not in a museum as you might expect. Key.Aero recounts the iconic aircraft’s story

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Short Sperrin – The Forgotten V Bomber

In 1946, amid escalating tension between East and West, Britain embarked on a programme of nuclear jet bomber development, including the stopgap Short Sperrin, as Pete London explains...

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Lancaster Return to Flight

The return to flight of a UK-based Avro Lancaster is the stuff that dreams are made of. FlyPast's Steve Beebee visited the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre where fantasy is rapidly becoming reality…

Mustang engine reaches Sywell

The Packard Merlin engine and propeller from a P-51D Mustang have been donated to Sywell Aviation Museum for restoration and display

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Military

Swiss F/A-18s return to Leeming for Yorknite 2022

From November 15 to December 9, Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornets are operating from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire for Exercise Yorknite 2022

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 121

Welcome to the 121st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Australia completes first major international F-35A deployment

The RAAF has marked a major milestone in its operation of the F-35A Lightning II after aircraft from No 75 Squadron departed RAAF Base Tindal in Australia’s Northern Territory to Malaysia, where it completed the type's first international deployment (outside the US) in Australian service

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Commercial

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New German destination for Qatar Airways

The Qatari flag carrier added a fourth German city to its passenger route map.

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So long, SOFIA!

NASA’s SOFIA airborne laboratory has retired, more than a decade earlier than planned. In the first of a two-part feature, Bernd Sturm shines the spotlight on this unique aircraft

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What next for Norwegian carrier Flyr?

Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid, CEO of Norwegian carrier Flyr, tells Tom Batchelor about the ups and downs of running a new airline in these uncertain times

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Flight Simulation

Just Flight announces Stormscope in development

In the latest In-Development report from Just Flight, the company has announced a new Stormscope instrument is coming soon to its GA fleet in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

DCS: MB-339 out now

Eagle Dynamics has announced third-party developer, IndiaFoxtEcho has released the MB-339 for DCS World.

Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Orbx has announced that PADU Unalaska Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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