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Indian Air Force’s 3 Squadron at 80

Andrew Thomas reveals some of the rich and proud history of the Indian Air Force’s 3 Squadron in this, its 80th anniversary year...

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What was the 'Watussi' Incident?

South Africa relied on the assets of its national airline to carry out its first aerial action of World War Two, explains Andrew Thomas...

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Two downed heroes

In the Battle of Britain, 204 Messerschmitt Bf 109 pilots achieved five or more victories by October 31, 1940. A number of those would lose their lives afterwards and here, Chris Goss tells the stories of two such aces, who died on the same day...

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Bristol’s Blundered Brabazon

It was the largest and most complex commercial aircraft of its day – but it was a monumental failure, as Ken Ellis explains...

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How the Noorduyn Norseman changed wilderness aviation

Robert S Grant traces the career of Robert B C Noorduyn’s prototype Norseman CF-AYO – from its first flight during a chilly November morning to its tragic demise on a balmy August evening

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Tribute to Robert Pleming

Steve Beebee remembers the man behind British aircraft restoration’s greatest return to flight...

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Inside stories: North African air war

The desert skies of North Africa were perilous for Allied fighter pilots during the autumn of 1941. A fine example of the dangers they faced came on the morning of October 12, as Andrew Arthy explains...

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FlyPast May 2021

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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 34

Welcome to the 34th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Virgin Atlantic to host lockdown quiz with ultimate top prize

Once in a lifetime prizes are up for grabs, while the proceeds are set to go to charity

GAO recommends CH-53K production cap until testing is complete

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Navy caps the production of Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters to six aircraft per year until the platform completes initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E)

Air Canada officially unveils A220 retro livery

Ahead of its first flight, the specially painted jet breaks cover for the first time

Lebanon receives a trio of Huey IIs

A further three Bell UH-1H-II Huey IIs, valued at more than US$32m, have been donated to the Lebanese Air Force (LAF) by the US government

AerCap to acquire US lessor GECAS

The world’s largest aircraft leasing company has agreed to purchase 100% of its rival as the aviation industry continues to struggle due to the pandemic

Bodney, Beans and Biggin on the Bump

In this week's MyPast, Kevin Korterud details his trip to the UK, where he wasn't sure whether to be more blown away by baked beans at breakfast or his once in a lifetime experience flying a Spitfire...

Undisclosed Asian nation orders Hermes 900 drones

Israel’s Elbit Systems revealed on March 2 that it has been contracted to deliver an unspecified number of Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems to an undisclosed Asian customer

Quiz: How well do you know your low-cost airlines?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz focuses on the ultra-competitive world of low-cost airlines. How well do you know these carriers? Let us know what score you get!

Denmark’s first F-35A takes flight

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the Royal Danish Air Force has completed its maiden flight

Germany rolls out farewell scheme for Transall

The German Air Force has applied a stunning farewell scheme to one of its Transport Allianz (Transall) C-160D tactical transport aircraft ahead of the platform’s formal retirement from service later this year

FlyPast Podcast Episode 12

The team chat to historic aviation expert and author Michael Napier about the Korean War, a conflict that still shapes international politics to this day...

Don’t become an airline pilot until you've watched this

From getting stuck in remote parts of Canada and New Zealand to popping across to the Isle of Wight for ice cream, airline pilots Anna McGrady and Nick Shaw both had quite the adventure during their training. Key.Aero sat down with them both to find out how they found their way to the flight deck

Icelandair to integrate domestic and international operations

The flag carrier aims to streamline its route network to include simple domestic connections

PA-28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight has announced the PA-28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Belgium grounds F-16 fleet due to engine concerns

Belgium has grounded its entire fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters, meaning that the nation’s air defence duties have now been temporarily taken over by the Netherlands

X-Plane Touches Down at Stansted

Boundless Simulations has released London Stansted for X-Plane 11.

 

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