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Combat Aircraft Journal March 2023

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Dutch hold major multinational helicopter exercise

Falcon Autumn proved to be one of the most complex multinational rotary-wing airborne assault exercises witnessed in Europe in recent years. Joris van Boven and Alex van Noije report from the Netherlands

Ukraine calls on Germany to donate 93-strong Tornado fleet

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrij Melnyk has made a direct plea to Germany to donate its entire ageing fleet of Panavia Tornado IDS/ECR ground attack/strike jets to help in the war with Russia

Aurora Flight Sciences to develop game-changing CRANE X-plane for DARPA

Aurora Flight Sciences has been selected to progress into the second and third phases of DARPA’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) programme, which will see the firm develop a new, unique X-plane demonstrator that exploits innovative active flow control technologies

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Inside the high-altitude rescue operations of Argentina’s Lama Squadron

The Lama Squadron is the only air unit in South America that has reached the highest peak on the continent and is one of the few helicopter units equipped for high-altitude rescue missions. AirForces Monthly explains how they can operate above 16,500ft

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Commercial

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Boeing 747 vs Airbus A380: how do they compare?

The four-engine 747 and A380 are the Hercules of the skies. Michael Doran looks at how these two aircraft match up.

“I was lucky”: BA pilot on becoming the world’s most experienced 747 captain

Joining British Airways in 1987, Nick Eades went on to fly the jumbo continuously for the next 34 years, becoming the world’s most experienced pilot in terms of time-served and hours flown on the type. Thomas Haynes sits down with him to learn more about his record-breaking career

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Boeing 747 - Queen of the Skies

As the iconic Boeing 747 celebrates its golden anniversary, Airliner World’s Craig West reflects on the illustrious career of the aircraft that fundamentally changed the face of commercial aviation, brought air travel to the masses and opened up affordable international flights that made the world significantly smaller.

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Historic

Aero Legends Dakota at Coningsby

Aero Legends’ Douglas DC-3 Dakota KP220 is lodging with the BBMF at Coningsby, Lincolnshire this winter

Successful relocation for US museum

The Spirit of Flight Foundation museum opened its new facility at Nampa Municipal Airport in Idaho late last year

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Hawker Hurricane honoured by IWM Duxford in new display

The number of airworthy Hawker Hurricanes has swelled in recent years, enabling the Imperial War Museum to gather up to seven examples of the World War Two fighter. Martin Needham details the aircraft on display in a new exhibition

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Flight Simulation

Victoria Falls for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Jeppeson2001 has announced the Victoria Falls Scenery package for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Concorde for X-Plane 12 released

Colimata has announced the Concorde FXP version 3 is now available for X-Plane 12.

DCS: A-7 Corsair II · development update 

FlyingIron Simulations has released a new status report highlighting the progress of the upcoming A-7 Corsair II for DCS World.

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