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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 113

Welcome to the 113th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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South African Gripens gain new lease-of-life with Saab support contract

Swedish aircraft and defence equipment manufacturer, Saab, has been contracted to provide maintenance services for the South African Air Force’s fleet of JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters, as the nation seeks to revive its long-dormant combat and defensive capabilities

Second batch of Chengdu J-10CE fighters arrives in Pakistan

A second batch of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation J-10CE multi-role fighters has been handed over to the Pakistan Air Force, increasing the number delivered to date to 12 aircraft

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Behind-the-scenes with the USAF's famed Hurricane Hunters

Most pilots go out of their way to avoid hazardous weather, but the USAF’s elite 'Hurricane Hunters' tackle it head on. Chris Croot talked to members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron about their death-defying mission

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Tension created by unprecedented PLA drills around Taiwan

The unprecedented PLA drills around Taiwan have raised tensions across the Straits to levels not seen in nearly 30 years, as Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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Historic

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Students resume work on Meteor project

Former Argentinian Air Force (FAA) Gloster Meteor F.4 C-010 (formerly RAF RA393) is currently being restored by students of the Escuela de Educación Secundaria Técnica No.7, a technical school in Buenos Aires

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Goodwood honours for Hurricane and Catalina

The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d’elegance returned for its 22nd year at September’s evocative Goodwood Revival in Sussex

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1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

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Commercial

Royal Jordanian outlines fleet modernisation plans

The introduction of new, next-gen narrowbodies, and separate ongoing talks to bolster its widebody fleet, have been revealed by the flag carrier. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Airbus A380 cockpit explained

In a 2020 special publication on the A380, Mark Broadbent looked in detail at the Super Jumbo’s cockpit

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Demise of a Giant – what killed the A380?

Lack of customers precipitated the termination of the A380 super jumbo programme after only two decades. In a special publication on the A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton looked at the reasons why

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Flight Simulation

World Update XI: Canada Now Available

Asobo Studio has released World update XI: Canada for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest world update improves the scenery for Canada with upgraded urban architecture, accurate coastlines, tundras, glaciers and mountain peaks.

ViperJet eX Released

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has released the ViperJet eX for X-Plane 12.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Vestmannaeyjar

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has announced Vestmannaeyjar Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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