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First four F-35As arrive at RAF Lakenheath

The arrival of four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK, on December 15 marked the much-anticipated delivery of aircraft for the USAF's first F-35 squadron to be based in Europe

Russia rolls out stealthier Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik combat UAV

A modified, stealthier production version of the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik UCAV has been unveiled. The official rollout took place on December 14 at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant V P Chkalov

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Swissair’s speed machines

Swissair and SAS took the bold step of buying the Coronado and the March 18, 1965 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ detailed how the airliner fared

The Human Element - A personal journey Feature Premium

The Human Element - A personal journey

Chris Partridge looks back at his flight simulation journey, starting with a Sinclair Spectrum ZX81 in the early 1980s, through to the golden age of combat simulation in the 90s and the VR experience of high-end modern jets and helicopters currently available in DCS World.

FA Simulations’ Helsinki Metropolitan VFR Review Premium

FA Simulations’ Helsinki Metropolitan VFR

We review FA Simulations' Helsinki Metropolitan VFR v3 for X-Plane 11.

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight Review Premium

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight

In this review, look at the latest product from a company new to the world of simulation controllers but who have been designing and bringing to market many high-tech and gaming products since 1975 - San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corporation.

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Behind the scenes of Exercise Cormoran 2021

Exercise Cormoran-21 brought together France's navy and army in a high-intensity, large-scale, amphibious wargame, reports Babak Taghvaee

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The Saunders-Roe Princess story

Bearing the crown of the largest all-metal flying-boat ever constructed, the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess carried hopes of luxury transatlantic travel in a post-war era. Pete London charts the dreams and realities of the ill-fated giant

Historic Aviation Quiz

The historic quiz is back to basics this week with a simple question-and-answer layout! How well will you score?

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S7 A321neo "stalled" during upset in severe icing conditions

An S7 Airlines Airbus A321neo stalled during an in-flight upset after take-off from Magadan/Sokol, Russian investigators report.

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Airbus nets French Guépard deal to close out sales year

Airbus looks to have been the beneficiary of an €8.6bn deal for the development, manufacture and delivery of more than 160 H160M ‘Guépard’ helicopters for the French Armed Forces

Mackay Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced the next Australian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) is Mackay Airport.

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Derek Robinson: Piece of Cake

Derek Robinson's WW2 novel, Piece of Cake may be a work of fiction, but the descriptions of aerial combat make it worth the read alone…

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 1 Feature Premium

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 1

Since 1995, a major version of X-Plane has been released every few years. While updates have been coming fast and furious, the user interface has barely been good enough and the testing has been at a minimum. But with X-Plane 12 on the horizon, everything is different. X-Plane’s creator Austin Meyer explains why.

vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3 Review Premium

vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3

vSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations has been producing X-Plane aircraft since version 9. This time around we fly the most recent incarnation from its C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project.

Just Flight Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

Just Flight’s Mallorca Airport

This is the latest release from Just Flight is developed by a small team of airline pilots who are based at the actual airport.

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack Review Premium

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack

In this review, we travel to Auckland in New Zealand and take a look at Orbx's latest City Landscape product developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8

In this lesson, we wind up our night flying training by preparing for a cross-country navigation exercise while learning how to handle any surprises that may occur along the way.

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Top Secret 'Operation Jiu Jitsu'

In early 1952, preparations were well advanced for an audacious Cold War operation, as Sqn Ldr John Crampton and his colleagues from the RAF Special Duty Flight got ready to fly their US-loaned North American RB-45Cs on deep penetration missions over the Soviet Union. Highly secret at the time, Operation ‘Jiu Jitsu’ can today be seen as the start of a new period in aerial reconnaissance

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1952: The Dawn of a New Era

The start of the new Elizabethan age brought with it one of Britain’s greatest aeronautical achievements: the inauguration of jet-powered airliner travel. Alas, the Comet’s lead soon evaporated

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Vixen Versus Javelin

The de Havilland Vixen might have been the RAF’s primary night fighter from the mid-1950s, rather than the Gloster Javelin, but 1952 would prove critical for the DH110

HISTORY MAKER. – The first aeroplane of post-war Russian design to land in England, C.S.A.’s Ilyushin IL-12, is seen here at Northolt a few minutes after its historic arrival. “Aeroplane” photograph Feature Premium

A historic UK visitor – CSA Ilyushin Il-12

The CSA Ilyushin Il-12 which touched down at Northolt on September 12, 1949 was the first post-war Soviet-built aircraft to visit England. The visit was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ in its September 23 issue

FlyPast's 40th Birthday Spitfire Flight Winner!

For our 40th birthday, FlyPast teamed up with Aero Legends to offer one lucky winner the flight of a lifetime. Tara Leggett recalls the day from start to finish

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 73

Welcome to the 73rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

GA-ASI unveils heavily armed Mojave STOL UAV

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has unveiled a new unmanned aircraft system called Mojave

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