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Infinite Flight Q4 2019 Development Update

Infinite Flight has released a status update on the upcoming 19.4 release.

Atlanta for X-Plane Available

Nimbus Simulations has released KATL – Atlanta International UHD v2 for X-Plane 11.

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WILD FRONTIERS: AGGRESSORS IN ALASKA

Eielson AFB, Alaska, is central to power projection in the region. It might seem an unusual home for a crack aggressor squadron, but it’s actually the perfect location.

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‘FULCRUM’: PART ONE - STORY OF A RUSSIAN CLASSIC

The MiG-29 rightfully deserves its place as one of the all-time classic fighters.

ADVERSARY ‘CHECKERBOARD’

During a recent deployment from MCAS Beaufort, North Carolina, to Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma, VMFA-312 ‘Checkerboards’ showcased F/A-18C Hornet BuNo 164274.

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DIGITAL CENTURY SERIES CHANGING THE WAY THE USAF DOES BUSINESS…

The US Air Force is setting out a radical new acquisition strategy for its Next Generation Air Dominance fighter — but what will it look like?

Orions for Argentina

THE ARGENTINE NAVAL Aviation Command will acquire four retired P-3C maritime patrol aircraft from the US under the terms of an agreement with the US Department of Defense.

Roulettes fly first PC-21 display

THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Roulettes aerobatic display team conducted its first public display since transitioning from the Pilatus PC-9/A to the more capable PC-21 at RAAF Base Point Cook in Melbourne on October 3.

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LIGHTNING STRIKES IN ICELAND

Italy deployed F-35A Lightning IIs operationally for the first time in October to undertake the NATO air policing mission safeguarding Iceland’s airspace

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CHINA REVEALS NEW SUPERSONIC RECON DRONE

CUTTING EDGE: China reveals new supersonic recon drone

HH-60W production approved

THE DEPARTMENT OF Defense (DoD) gave its approval for the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to enter low-rate initial production (LRIP) on September 24.

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RED HAWK: SOLVING THE PILOT CRISIS

The US Air Force is evaluating how the Boeing/ Saab T-7A Red Hawk program could be accelerated

New versions of P-1 planned

KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (KHI) plans to develop an electronic warfare version of its jet-powered P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.

Canadian SAR aircraft rolled out

AIRBUS MILITARY ROLLED out the first CC-295 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from the paint hangar at its facility in Seville, Spain, on October 8.

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RUSSIAN POWER PLAY

Exercise ‘Tsentr’ is an annual showcase of Russian military power, pulling together regional allies for a comprehensive series of war games.

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LEBANESE LIGHT ATTACK

The Lebanese Air Force’s 7 Squadron is now well established operating the A-29B Super Tucano as a supreme and versatile light attack platform.

USAF considers new role for C-5M

THE USAF IS considering modifications for its C-5M fleet that would allow the Super Galaxy to support large-scale aeromedical evacuation missions.

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REPLACE OR RETAIN? THE NEED TO DIVEST OLD AIRCRAFT…

Senior US Air Force officials are highlighting the need to divest some legacy platforms that are costly and possibly no longer fit for purpose.

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EVERY SUIT A TUXEDO

THE OPS DESK: Every suit needs a tuxedo

Advanced Hawkeyes for France

FRANCE’S MINISTER OF defense has confirmed plans to acquire three E-2D airborne early warning and control aircraft for the French Navy at a cost of around $1.09 billion.

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US NAVY CARRIER AIR WINGS ARE GROWING

READY ROOM: The story behind the US Navy headlines

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‘SANDY FLEECE’


The Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401st Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed to Texas this summer...

South Korea unveils its KF-X mock-up

NEARLY FOUR YEARS after South Korea’s KF-X project officially kicked off, a mock-up of the new fighter was unveiled at Seoul ADEX 2019, which was held from October 15-20.

'Wolfhound' replacement considered

US AIR FORCE Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has reportedly shown interest in acquiring a replacement aircraft for its fleet of non-standard Fairchild Dornier 328 turboprops.

Aussie Hornets return

SIX ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Air Force F/A-18As returned to RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, after completing the first air combat exercise on Japanese soil.

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