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USAF performs largest mass C-17A launch in joint force exercise 

Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina carried out the launch of 24 USAF-operated C-17A Globemaster IIIs on January 5 – the largest mass launch of the type from a single base – as part of a mission generation exercise that the air arm claims involved almost 60 aircraft

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 128

Welcome to the 128th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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More Typhoons in testing ahead of delivery to Kuwait

Two more Eurofighter Typhoons that are destined to join the ranks of the Kuwait Air Force were recently seen carrying out pre-delivery flight testing from Leonardo’s production and test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy

Iranian official claims country will soon receive first Su-35s

An Iranian lawmaker has told local media that Russia will deliver the first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multi-role fighters to the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force in the coming months

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Everything you need to know about the Estonian Air Force

On the frontline of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing duties, Estonia is a small country that is keeping a watchful eye. AirForces Monthly details the Air Force that was created just three decades ago and has no combat aircraft

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Why Airbus A330s are a ’perfect fit’ for Condor

Condor’s initial A330-900 entered service in the carrier’s striking new livery in the last days of 2022. Mark Broadbent details the debut and considers the A330neo’s fortunes

QUIZ: The ultimate IATA code quiz! (Part Two)

We had a fantastic response to last week’s IATA code quiz, so we’re treating you to a second batch of global guesswork. Be warned – there are a few extra tricky questions in here to sort the expert codebreakers from the aviation mess makers. Good luck!

Airbus lands order with Uzbekistan Airways for A320neos

Uzbekistan Airways has placed a firm order with Airbus for 12 A320neo Family aircraft.

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Historic

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Have you heard of the other Loch Ness ‘monster’?

In the very first issue of FlyPast, it was described as the “most ambitious aviation archaeological project ever undertaken”. Jamie Ewan recounts the quite incredible story of 'R-for-Robert' – the bomber that finally came home...

Former NASA Boeing 747SP goes ‘undercover’

NASA’s retired Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft has been moved under cover at Tucson, Arizona’s Pima Air & Space Museum

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Stunning restored 'Staggerwing’ returns to the air after 20 years

A beautiful pairing of Beech ‘Staggerwings’ in British skies celebrates thereturn of a long-lost example after nearly 40 years away from the scene.

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Flight Simulation

ICAO Codes explained

An ICAO code is a four-character alphanumeric sequence used to identify airports around the world and is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

XtremeAIR XA41 for X-Plane released

Vertigo Design has announced the XtremeAIR XA41 (AKA "Sbach 300") for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator arrives at Solent Airport

Solent Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been faithfully recreated by Burning Blue Design, based on a 2022 ground layout with accurate runways, taxiways and custom signage.

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