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IN PICTURES: Inside Exercise Northern Lightning 2021

We caught some of the action in Exercise Northern Lightning, held once again at Volk Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin from August 9-20

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Ellie Crook

FlyPast Podcast Episode 42

For episode 42 of the FlyPast Podcast, we’re joined by Howard Heeley, Secretary and Museum Trustee at the Newark Air Museum...

USAF F-35As complete final nuclear bomb flight test

Operating from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on September 21 two USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft released the B61-12 joint test assemblies

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ATR: service insight

Ian Harbison talks with David Brigante at ATR to learn more about the firm's customer offering

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Aviano's Angels: Inside the USAF's 56th Rescue Squadron

The 56th Rescue Squadron has spent more than three years at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where the unit has capitalised on the installation's conditions and strategic position, as we report

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IDET 2021: Pakistan’s armed Shahpar-II undergoing flight trials

Pakistan’s Global Industrial Defence & Solutions was present at the IDET exhibition in Brno during October 6-8, showcasing a range of systems including the Shahpar-II unmanned aerial vehicle

RAF's XXIV Squadron deploys on Exercise Tartan Spirit

The operational conversion unit of the RAF’s Air Mobility Command, No XXIV Squadron, deployed on a training exercise at Glasgow-Prestwick International Airport, Scotland, between September 25 and October 1

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La Guardia for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FeelThere has announced [KLGA] La Guardia International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

New Zealand retires first P-3K2 Orion

The Royal New Zealand Air Force retired its first Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft on September 24, after 55 years of operational service

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Kratos goes public with Air Wolf jet-powered drone

San Diego-based drone-maker, Kratos, is developing a small, jet-powered drone that manned aircraft would be able to launch mid-flight in order to extend their sensor and, potentially, weapons range

Second Boeing 737 arrives in the UK for Wedgetail conversion

A second Boeing 737 has been delivered to the UK for conversion to E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control configuration for the RAF

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Porto Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Developed by MK-Studios, LPPR Porto Airport is a detailed rendition of the actual destination sporting high-definition 4K textures with PBR effects and satellite imagery of the airport area.

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US F-15Es arrive in Greece for multinational training

USAF F-15E Strike Eagles from 336th Fighter Squadron ‘Rocketeers’ of the 4th Fighter Wing touched down at Larissa Air Base in Greece on October 4 for a multinational training deployment

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Swedish Learjets return to FMV with military serials

Both of the Learjet 35As owned by Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration have been returned to operations by the FMV after spending many years employed by Saab Special Flight Operations in the threat support role

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What it was like to fly on Concorde

From 1993 to 2003, Andreas Spaeth flew on Concorde eight times. In this extract from his new book, he shares a unique insight into the supersonic airliner with this personal account of a journey that took place not long before the type’s retirement

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Sound judgement

A critical, but often overlooked part of any pilot’s inventory is their headset. Airliner World caught up with Patrick Schutterop, Business Manager, Bose Aviation EMEA & APAC to learn more about the origin and evolution of the company’s products

UK Discovery Tour Flight Plan Downloads

This United Kingdom discovery flight series has been designed to co-coincide with the UK Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Over the course of four separate legs, the tour will visit all five of the new hand-built airports from Asobo and take you over the new photogrammetry cities along with famous points of interest.

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BEA 1960s Highlands and Islands operations

An insightful overview of the challenges faced by BEA serving the communities of Scotland from the August 11, 1966 issue of Aeroplane

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BA is bringing back its A380, here’s where they’ll fly

UK flag carrier British Airways has announced its intentions to reintroduce the Airbus A380 back into service.

VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project v4.0 Released

Aircraft developer, VSKYLABS has announced the C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project v4.0 is now available for X-Plane 11.

109th Airlift Wing completes annual National Science Foundation support

The 109th Airlift Wing (AW) of the New York Air National Guard and its Lockheed LC-130 ‘Skibird’ aircraft returned to Stratton Air National Guard Base on September 22 after its annual season of providing support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) ice cap site at Raven Camp in Greenland

Vintage aircraft flying scholarship awarded

The annual Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship has been awarded to Andrea Troso

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Inside the world's most significant collection of British airliners

Duxford is home to the world’s most significant collection of British-built airliners. Martin Needham pays a visit to the Cambridgeshire airfield in the first of a special two-part report

Historic aviation quiz: Bomber Command edition (Part 1)

This month, FlyPast is celebrating 85 years of Bomber Command with its special issue. So, what better way to celebrate here on Key.Aero than with a series of Bomber Command centred quizzes, each slightly more difficult than the next?

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