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Military

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The ultimate guide to everything happening at RAF Lakenheath

AirForces Monthly looks at RAF Lakenheath, where the 48th Fighter Wing is continuing to transition from an all Eagle force to welcome the new fifth-generation capabilities offered by the F-35A Lightning II

Argentina receives final modernised C-130H

The modernisation of five Argentine Air Force-operated C-130H Hercules tactical transports has now come to an successful end after the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones recently redelivered the fifth and final example to the operator

Austria doubles its order for AW169M light utility helicopters 

Leonardo has signed a contract with the Italian Directorate of Aeronautical Armaments and Airworthiness to supply 18 more AW169M light utility helicopters to the Austrian Ministry of Defence

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Russia moves to make the Sukhoi Su-34 deadlier amidst war in Ukraine

AirForces Monthly reviews the status of the Su-34 Fullback, the enhancement plans for the type and its controversial operations in the ongoing war in Ukraine

Czech Air Force receives final upgraded L-159 ALCA

Aero Vodochody announced on January 19 that the last of 16 single-seat L-159 ALCA to undergo the planned prescribed periodic work after 16 years of operation (PP16) overhaul has been returned to operational Czech Air Force service

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Commercial

British Airways A320 makes emergency landing at Manchester

A British Airways Airbus A320 made an emergency landing at Manchester Airport this afternoon.

Last Boeing 747 delivery: everything you need to know

Boeing has revealed that the last Boeing 747 to be built will be handed over to the customer in a ceremony on January 31, 2023.

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IN PICTURES: Time travel to 1980s Thailand for some airliner action

With decades of globetrotting under his belt, including 16 years working as a tour manager for Ian Allan Aviation Tours, Gerry Manning has a wealth of images in his personal archive. In this first instalment from a new series, he shares a visit to Thailand in the late 1980s

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Historic

Hopes to keep Arthur Scarf VC medal in UK

The RAF Museum is calling on the public’s support to help keep Squadron Leader Arthur Scarf’s Victoria Cross medal in the UK

Airworthy Spitfire bound for Turkey

Flying museum at Sivrihisar to receive combat veteran MkIX after restoration

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FlyPast First Edition May-June 1981

As FlyPast's 500th issue (March 2023) hits the shelves, KEY.aero are offering subscribers the chance to catch up on the very first issue of the magazine...

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Planning for Airliners

In this tutorial, we take a look at one of the more important aspects of airliner operations, flight planning. We will also learn how to interpret a typical route and list some useful utilities for creating a realistic flight plan.

New Icelandic destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest Icelandic destination from ST Simulations is Egilsstaðir Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Landmarks Brisbane City Pack for X-Plane released

Orbx has announced its first Landmarks product for X-Plane 11 and 12 is out now.

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