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Military

Lockheed Martin has flown the F-16 Block 70 for the first time

Lockheed Martin revealed on January 24 that it had successfully completed its first F-16 Block 70 flight from its Greenville facility in South Carolina, marking a key milestone in the development and eventual delivery of the latest and most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon family to date

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 130

Welcome to the 130th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Lockheed Martin reveals cost of British F-35B procurement

Documents have revealed that the UK has paid $4.17bn (£3.36bn) in procuring its first 35 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-configured F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin

Russia marks key milestones in delivery of modernised Tu-160Ms

Russia has recently marked two key milestones regarding the delivery and testing of its newly modernised Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier fleet

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Indian Navy Il-38SD Sea Dragon fleet makes final public appearance

The Indian Navy’s long-serving, Soviet-era Ilyushin Il-38SD Sea Dragon maritime patrol aircraft fleet made its final public appearance during the nation’s Republic Day Parade flypast over New Delhi on January 26, ahead of the type’s upcoming retirement later this year

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Commercial

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Boeing 747 – The aircraft that changed the world

As the final Boeing 747 is delivered to Atlas Air, Mark Broadbent considers the iconic widebody’s place in aviation history

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How the 'father of the 747' experienced its first flight

Joe Sutter was renowned as the man behind the Boeing 747, but, as the late Bruce Hales-Dutton found in a 2008 interview, the great engineer was always keen to stress the contributions of others

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How new technology is helping to stop runway overruns

Runway overruns account for several incidents every year. Paul E Eden reports on how advanced technologies are helping airline and business jet pilots avoid trouble during complex landings

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Historic

Southend Vulcan events calendar confirmed

The Vulcan Restoration Trust has revealed its full events programme for the year ahead

Nord Pingouin flies for first time in 62 years

French-built Bf 108 emerges in spectacular colour scheme

Wales and the Battle of Britain exhibition to go online

Following the conclusion of the touring Wales and the Battle of Britain exhibition, the RAF plans to take the resources online

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Flight Simulation

Flying by the numbers

From light trainers to complex multi-engine types, knowing your V-speeds is crucial for operating an aircraft within its optimum performance envelope and structural limits. Here, we focus on the important ones you should know when flying general aviation aircraft.

Venom takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer, SwissMilSim has released the de Havilland Venom DH-112 MK 4 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Airworthy Designs has announced St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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