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The Witching Hour: Russia's Night Witches

Driven by thirst for revenge, Russia’s fearless all-female bomber regiment cast a deadly spell over its Nazi prey, as Tara Leggett relates...

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Phil Makanna is Lord of The Skies

For more than 45 years, Phil Makanna has been capturing incredible images of aircraft in flight. It’s a passion that has seen him photograph an unrivalled range of rare, exotic and historic models spanning the entire history of flight...

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A History of Aircraft Carriers

Aviation at sea: Chris Croot continues his delve into aircraft carrier history, covering the Korean War and Vietnam conflicts

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Hawker Hunter at 70

On the 70th anniversary of its first flight, Bertie Simmonds reflects how the graceful, elegant and deadly Hawker Hunter was the greatest aircraft to come from the pen of Sir Sydney Camm

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The Lightning & The Swallow

Donald Nijboer reveals the fascinating World War Two fight for air superiority over New Guinea and Rabaul

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Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar: Inside the Spitfire Workshop

With numerous projects on the go, the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill is always bustling with activity. Darren Harbar visited the former Battle of Britain airfield to see how plans are progressing…

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The unconventional Blohm und Voss BV 141

One of the more unusual aircraft to emerge from Germany’s aviation industry during the Nazi era was the Blohm und Voss BV 141. Malcolm V Lowe describes this unconventional type’s protracted development and eventual fate

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Above and Beyond: RAF observer Jack Strain

Graham Pitchfork reflects on the valour of RAF observer Jack Strain who flew in the Mediterranean theatre during World War Two

FlyPast Podcast Episode 35

For this episode we're joined by Peter Neale, one the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum based at former RAF Manston...

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Inside the Luftwaffe's rejuvenated Weapons School

We visit the German Air Force base at Laage to observe how the rejuvenated Weapons School course is seeing Eurofighter, Tornado and A400M aircrews working together for the first time

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Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

An interesting snapshot, from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was ramping up aircrew throughput to populate the growing Tornado GR.1 force

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How many airliners did top manufacturers deliver in 2020?

In part three of our Global Airline Report, we analyse the delivery figures from last year for the world's top six airliner manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus, ATR, COMAC, Embraer and Irkut

First Kadena-based Pave Hawk retired

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, has bid farewell to its first Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk utility helicopter after it was recently retired from operational USAF service

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MQ-25A refuels US Navy E-2D for the first time

The US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation programme completed its first aerial refuelling flight with an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on August 18 during a sortie from MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois

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INSIGHT: A new age for French Mirage 2000 training operations

Mirage 2000 pilot training is entering a new phase in its French Air and Space Force history, as we report

French transports sent to Kabul to support mass withdrawal effort

With the ongoing deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has sent airlift assets from the French Air and Space Force to support evacuation efforts

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ANALYSIS: Russia's deadly Kinzhal missile

First presented to the Russian parliament by President Putin himself, the Kinzhal missile is a formidable asset. We delve into the background of this highly effective weapon, following its recent deployment to Syria for a Russian military anti-shipping exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

Italy pushes forward with Afghanistan evacuations

The Italian Air Force continues to send its airlift assets to Kabul, Afghanistan, as coalition forces push ahead with the evacuation of civil/military personnel, former Afghan collaborators and their families from the nation

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How many airlines did we gain and lose in 2020?

In part two of our special Global Airline Report 2021, we analyse the data to find out how many airlines were set up and how many departed last year

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Simon’s Sircus: The Navy’s Sea Vixen display team

Founded by 892 Naval Air Squadron, Simon’s Sircus was one of many legendary jet display teams to grace British airshows during the 1960s

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FlyByWire Simulations' A32NX

We review A32NX by FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an
improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit – The new shell and more

Joe Lavery shows how his cockpit enclosure evolved from a shell, with a few panels, into a realistic 737 cockpit.

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery, Part 2

In this instalment, Joe Lavery looks at 3D design applications used to create bespoke buildings and objects that look more authentic than using inbuilt assets provided by Asobo Studio.

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Tigers burn bright

Recreating a spectacle that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s,...

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‘Landor scope and glory’

Former British Airways Boeing 747 G-BNLY welcomed passengers on board again during its debut Landor Experience Day. Aviation News editor Jamie Ewan was there

 

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