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Ever wondered how the Battle of Britain film was created?

Watch exclusive interviews with pilot John Preece, and Spitfire historian Peter Arnold about filming the best-known historic aviation movie of all time to find out.

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Polish Navy’s first AW101 takes flight

Leonardo has revealed that the first AW101 multi-mission maritime helicopter for the Polish Navy took to the skies for its maiden flight at the company’s production facility in Yeovil, Somerset, on July 19

Introducing the Gateway of India - Landmarks Mumbai for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The next title in the Landmarks series in development and Orbx's first expansion for the Indian subcontinent is Mumbai.

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CSG21: Embarked F-35B fighters have 80% availability

The combined UK and US F-35B air wing embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment has an 80% availability rate, however sustainment questions continue to surround the US-led stealth fighter programme

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 10

In Episode 10 of the Air Warrior Podcast we bring you all the developments from military aviation, and Richard Thomas speaks with Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCoopers strategy consulting business, on its landmark report into the UK’s aerospace and defence sector

Bell restarts Czech UH-1Y production

Bell Textron announced on July 19 that it has restarted UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter production to fulfil an order from the Czech Republic, which will become the first international operator of the type

Introducing World War Two’s only female fighter aces 

Within the realms of Marina Raskova’s three female fighter regiments, two pilots took their duties to the next level. Read part one of their incredible stories

RAAF graduates first F-35A pilots trained in Australia

Four RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter pilots have graduated from the platform’s first operational conversion course to be completed in Australia

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Which airline has spent $259bn on Boeings?

Key.Aero analyses the American manufacturer's order book between 1955 and 2021 which contains 32,000+ airliners from more than 6,000 separate deals of the last 70 years

The composite picture of Gatwick shows (left) the arrangement of the proposed runways, taxi tracks and building areas superimposed on an Ordnance Survey map, with (right) an aerial view of the present site, taken by the Air Survey Company and reduced to the same scale. In the map solid black is used to show the paving work to be completed by 1956 and cross-hatching to show the duplicate runway system, work on which is to be started in 1958. Th N.E.-S.W. runway may be laid down at the same time if traffic de Feature Premium

Unearthed: the original plan for Gatwick from 1952

A fascinating piece on what was the original plan for Gatwick from the October 17, 1952 issue of The Aeroplane

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 52: Russia Edition

Welcome to the 52nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! To celebrate the first one-year anniversary of this quiz and to mark the start of MAKS 2021 at Zhukovsky, Russia, you can see how well you know your modern Russian military aircraft! Can you identify all ten aircraft correctly?

“Michael Caine wanted to know what it was like to be an RAF pilot”

For John Preece and his fellow Battle of Britain film pilots, mixing with stars like Caine and Susannah York on set was a fascinating experience…

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France orders nine more Pilatus PC-21s

Pilatus Aircraft announced on July 16 that the French Air and Space Force has ordered an additional nine PC-21s, adding to the 17 examples purchased by France in 2017 for training purposes

Brisbane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced YBBN Brisbane International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman passes away aged 100

The 100 year old veteran flew operations for 617 Squadron in World War Two and more recently became the advocate of a project to end anti-Semitism

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Series: Introducing Orbis International

Asobo Studio has announced a new partnership with Orbis International, a non-profit organization transforming lives through the treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness, to give flight simmers the chance to virtually explore the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.

US Navy MH-60S Knighthawk crashes in California

A US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Team ‘Longhorns’, crashed near Mount Hogue, California, on July 16

“How I filmed Battle of Britain scenes from inside a Spitfire”

John Preece got more than he bargained for when he was chosen to be a pilot in the most iconic historic aviation film ever made

BBMF Dakota Flypast Marks Bomber Command at 85

A flypast from the BBMF C-47 Dakota during a commemorative ceremony at International Bomber Command Centre has marked the 85th anniversary of RAF Bomber Command

Quiz: Airlines of the Americas

Can you identify these airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

United’s Denver engine failure 777 heads to the desert

The jet caused quite a commotion when it sent debris raining down on a Denver neighbourhood earlier this year

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Amazing Access in 1941 to a New Variant of Me 109

A revealing insight into a new version of Me 109, from the August 1, 1941 issue of The Aeroplane, which had force-landed in Kent at the height of World War Two

BAE Systems to support joint UK-Qatar Hawk training unit

BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and training for a new joint British-Qatari Hawk training squadron, which will be based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire

FlyPast Podcast Episode 30

For this episode, we’re talking to Sam Worthington-Lees, project director of the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group and catching up on the progress of RB396 and the fund raising efforts so far....

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The SR-71 that outpaced a missile over Libya

The aircraft had been photographing Libyan targets in the aftermath of Operation El Derado Canyon in 1986

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Inside Argentina's newly modernised military pilot training school

The Argentine Air Force Military Aviation School has completed a modernisation process that has made it one of the best equipped and most efficient in Latin America, as we report

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