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The coolest piece of Battle of Britain film memorabilia ever…

John Preece still has an incredible keepsake from a summer of filming with Michael Caine & Co in 1968

Salisbury Rugby Club celebrates the Spitfire

A rugby club in Wiltshire has erected a replica of the Spitfire to honour the people of Salisbury who manufactured the iconic aeroplane in secret

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A Concorde freighter? The variants that never were

Key.Aero reveals the two ‘other’ models of the iconic supersonic airliner that never left the drawing board

Quiz: Defunct UK airlines

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

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Britannia to Argus Sub-hunter

A report from the August 21, 1959 issue of The Aeroplane and Aeronautics on the changes made to the Bristol Britannia to turn it into the Argus maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force

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Runway problems disrupt Voyager ops at RAF Brize Norton

Unusually hot weather caused damage to the runway at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on July 18, which resulted in the disruption of operations for almost a week, particularly with the RAF’s Airbus A330-243MRTT Voyager KC2/KC3 fleet

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USCG receives 25th upgraded MH-65E Dolphin

The US Coast Guard has received its 25th upgraded Aérospatiale (now Airbus Helicopters) MH-65E Dolphin SAR helicopter, after the latest example was delivered to CGAS Miami, Florida, on July 12

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Cannon AFB receives first AC-130J Ghostrider

The 27th SOW at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, received its first Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider on July 19, marking a new milestone in the transformation of US Air Force Special Operations Command’s fixed-wing gunship capabilities

Germany’s first C-130J-30 rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed the production of the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy-lift tactical transport for the German Air Force

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NASA's SOFIA lands in Tahiti

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infra-red Astronomy was deployed to Papeete/Fa'a'ā International Airport on Tahiti, French Polynesia on July 19.

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UK orders 13 more Protector RG1s

UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin has confirmed that a £195m contract has been signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for a further 13 MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft for the RAF

FlyPast Podcast Episode 31

Episode 31 is a group effort as the FlyPast editorial team discuss the late, Squadron Leader Goodman, his involvement with 617 squadron and the enduring legacy of their missions, namely the famous raid on the dams for Operation Chastise....

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FlyPast September 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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RED EXPRESS

Piotr Butowski reveals the story behind the Soviets’ legendary supersonic airliner that challenged Concorde

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The flight attendant who fell 33,000ft and SURVIVED

Key.Aero recounts the miraculous story of a woman who lived to tell the tale when the odds were most certainly stacked against her…

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Nelson Airport Now Available on OrbxDirect

Scenery developer NZA Simulations has released NZNS Nelson Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator on OrbxDirect.

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6 interesting things that happened on this day in aviation history

Find out how P-38Fs, Wiley Post and the world's youngest pilot to fly around the world all have July 22 in common

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First HC-130J for CGAS Barbers Point

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, received its first of four Lockheed Martin HC-130J Hercules when its initial aircraft – tail number 2008 – touched down at Kalaeloa Airport on June 11

Aerosoft and Orbx announce distribution partnership

Aerosoft and Orbx have announced a new partnership, which sees both companies sharing the distribution of their respective products.

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FROM WARPLANE TO FILM STAR

When the RAF retired its last Mosquitos, stardom in a movie helped to boost the number of survivors. Ken Ellis explains

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Skyborg completes test flight aboard MQ-20 Avenger

The USAF's Skyborg artificial 'brain' flew inside a stealthy, jet-powered UAV for the first time in late June, during a test flight which advanced the drone control system's air-to-air capability, as we explain

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of 18 Rafale multi-role fighters to the Hellenic Air Force, just six months after the acquisition contract was inked between the Greek Ministry of Defence and the French aircraft manufacturing giant

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KC-46A’s centreline drogue system approved for operational use

Headquarters Air Mobility Command announced on July 12 that the USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Centerline Drogue System mission set has been approved for operational use

An F-86D-50-NA of the 513th Fighter Interception Squadron at Manston. Note the many vortex generators, including those on one of the NACA flush intakes for tailpipe cooling. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing Insights into UK-based USAF F-86D Sabres

A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane

EasyJet captain intervened after United 787 approach error in Paris

The Dreamliner came within 300ft of the A320 while trying to land in the French capital last July

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