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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

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Chaos in Kabul as coalition forces continue to withdraw from Afghanistan

As the Taliban entered Kabul to complete its rapid re-conquest of Afghanistan following the NATO withdrawal, order broke down at the city’s Hamid Karzai International Airport as thousands of civilians forced their way onto the tarmac in a bid to board one of the many military airlift flights evacuating US and other nationals

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 56

Welcome to the 56th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Turmoil at Kabul airport as ‘last commercial flight’ departs

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 finally leaves after five hours on the ground but all airlines have now suspended operations

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On-board RAF Comet Training Flight to Africa in 1957

A revealing account of RAF Comet operations from the May 17, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane

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Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 6

In this lesson, we continue to develop our instrument night flying skills and learn how and when to use the flight, engine and navigation instruments when the weather or visibility makes visual flight more difficult.

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Wings Over Flanders Fields: Between Heaven & Hell II

A truly immersive experience The developer of Wings over Flanders Fields, Old Brown Dog, has released a new version of this popular series called ‘Between Heaven & Hell II’. Derek Davis takes it for a test flight and highlights some of the new features that have been incorporated.

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Austrian E195 nearly STALLED on go-around in Salzburg

The stick shaker activated as the crew conducted a missed approach while trying to land in a storm

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Aerosoft’s World of aircraft: Glider Simulator

Some might think that releasing a new concept in flight simulation immediately after the fanfare of Microsoft Flight Simulator is a dubious decision but Aerosoft has successfully done so with World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator. We take a look at the concept and the initial product in the series…

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Orbx's Split Airport (LDSP)

For this issue, I’m grabbing my bucket and spade and heading off to a popular holiday destination, Split in Croatia.

Eight killed after Russian Navy Be-200ChS crashes in Turkey

All eight personnel on board were killed when a Russian Navy Beriev Be-200ChS multi-purpose amphibian crashed into a mountain in Turkey while engaged in fire-fighting operations on August 14

Quiz: Airliner identification- Part 2

How well do you know your airliners? This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your knowledge! Let us know what score you get!

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Orbx's EA-7 Edgley Optica

As third-party aircraft add-ons continue to emerge for Microsoft Flight Simulator, scenery developer Orbx has released its first aircraft for this platform, the unique Edgley EA-7 Optica.

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Orbx's Frankfurt City Pack

Fascinating Frankfurt

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Olbia Costa Smeralda Released

The latest X-Plane destination from Orbx is LIEO Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in Sardinia.

On board JetBlue’s first transatlantic flight: the verdict

The New York-based carrier landed in London yesterday on its inaugural transatlantic service. Reporting for Key.Aero, Chris Sloan, travelled on the breakthrough service and provides his verdict on the company’s efforts

Spangdahlem F-16s deploy to Poland for ADR 21.3

USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and associated personnel from the 52nd FW’s 480th FS ‘Warhawks’ at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, have deployed to Łask AB, Poland, to participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 21.3

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INSIGHT: Drone used in fatal attack off Oman was Iranian

As the fallout persists over the fatal airborne attack on the M/T Mercer Street off the coast of Oman in late-July, attention has turned to examining the motivations and potential perpetrators behind the incident

A Boulton Paul Defiant night fighter. Feature Premium

Astonishing Details of Air War from 1941

The Aeroplane published surprisingly detailed weekly reports of the aerial campaigns of the RAF and the Luftwaffe during World War Two - this example is from the May 16, 1941 issue

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Norway receives another three F-35As

Three more Royal Norwegian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters arrived in Norway on August 11, increasing the air arm’s fleet size to 31 aircraft

FlyPast Podcast Episode 34

For Episode 34 we’re talking to author Thomas McKelvey Cleaver to discuss his latest book, Under the Southern Cross and various other writings...

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UK Discovery Tour, Part 3

In the third and penultimate leg of our United Kingdom discovery tour, we depart from City Airport in Manchester and fly over several incredibly picturesque mountainous areas before finishing up in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

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Orbx's Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Belgrade was originally home to the Vinca Culture, one of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe. The modern city was designed by Serbian professor of architecture, Emilijan Josimović. His grid-style plan was quite symmetrical, with parks and tree-lined avenues that are reminiscent of the ancient Roman city it once was. While these facts are really interesting, this product is not about Belgrade the city, it is based on the airport that serves it.

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The Human Element – FlyByWire Simulations

In the third edition of our Human Element series, we sat down with Will Pine, founder of FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This is not a game! What is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game

Now that Microsoft Flight Simulator has become fairly well established, we’re beginning to see a growing number of differing opinions as to whether this program is a game or a simulator. So, we posed a series of questions to experienced pilots and representatives of the retail side of flight simulation to get their views on the subject.

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