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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Eurofighter in Focus: Inside Italy's annual Typhoon Flag exercise

As Italy gathers its Typhoons together, we consider how the annual exercise sharpens the fast jet fighting force

Greece takes delivery of first two F-16Vs

During a ceremony at Tanagra Air Base on September 12, the Hellenic Air Force took delivery of its first two fully upgraded F-16V Block 72 Vipers

Bulgaria approves additional F-16 Block 70/72 purchase

The Bulgarian government has approved funding for the purchase of eight additional Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70/72 Fighting Falcons – a sale which was initially cleared by the US State Department in April 2022

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Phantom completed for memorial display

Atlanta-based company Ponsford has completed refurbishment work on McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom 67-0438, which was recently installed at the East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Park...

French Norécrin makes first flight in decades

Nord 1203 Norécrin F-PHPK made a successful return to the air earlier this year from Colmar-Houssen in Alsace, France...

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Hell on high ground - what happened to RB-29A 44-61999 'Over Exposed'?

Jamie Ewan trekked across Bleaklow Moor in  Derbyshire’s High Peaks to visit the final resting place of a Boeing RB-29A Superfortress. But what happened on a fateful day in 1948?

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The Airbus A380 – how it all began

In a special publication on the Airbus A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton detailed how Europe's largest aerospace programme come into being. Mark Ayton goes back to where it all began.

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Flying the A380: A Pilot’s Perspective

In the August 2011 issue of Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara spoke to Emirates Airbus A380 pilot, Captain Francis Carr to find out what it is like to fly and operate this massive airliner.

The Great British Airport Quiz!

This week's quiz celebrates some of the best airports across the British Isles. From regional gateways to global megahubs, this is the ultimate test of airport trivia!

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update X released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update X for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available, adding a host of fixes and new features across the platform.

NVIDIA announces the RTX 4000 series of graphics cards

NVIDIA has unveiled the next-generation family of graphics cards, the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090.

Orbx releases Orbs, a new in-game currency

Orbx has introduced a new in-game currency dubbed Orbs, which can be earned by purchasing from OrbxDirect and subscribing to Volanta Premium.

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