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Twenty years of the Airbus A318

January 2022 marks two decades since the A318 – the smallest member of the Airbus A320 Family – took flight. However, unlike its single-aisle stablemates, the A318 remains the runt of the litter, says Thomas Lee

Cessna 337 Skymaster Ready for Take-Off

Carenado has released the C337 Skymaster for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Canada retires final Buffalo

After 55 years of service, the de Havilland Canada CC-115 Buffalo has been retired from Royal Canadian Air Force service

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The life of James Struthers

Royal Naval Air Service Coastal class airships were prominent in the fight against German U-boats during the First World War — during 1917, one captain flying from Cornwall was in the thick of the action

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Aeroplane meets Dave Hadfield

AEROPLANE meetsThe chief pilot for Vintage Wings of Canada, one...

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The Republic F-84G Thunderjet over Angola

The Republic F-84G Thunderjet was hardly in the first flush of youth by the time the Portuguese Air Force decided to employ it during the colonial conflict in Angola, but it filled an important gap 

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EXCLUSIVE: Reuniting Spitfires MH415 and MH434

Reuniting a pair of Spitfire IXs that flew and fought together on the same wartime RAF squadron — and went on to have remarkably interconnected lives in peacetime, too

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Meeting Des Nations

A special 1958 show at Liège-Bierset was among the greatest gatherings of NATO air power

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The incredible story of NASA's Mars Helicopter

NASA made history with the first extra-terrestrial aircraft – its incredible Mars Helicopter – to land on the Red Planet. AR Prince investigates how it got there and what happened next

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USMC receives another UC-12W

Textron Aviation has delivered another Beechcraft King Air 350CER multi-mission/utility aircraft to the US Marine Corps

Leonardo to deliver E-Scan radars for German and Spanish Eurofighters

Leonardo announced on January 14 that it has signed a contract worth €260m to develop and deliver the Hensoldt-led European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 1 radar for German and Spanish EF-2000s

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Callum Steele Wyman at the Battle of Britain airshow, IWM Duxford 2021

RNLAF marks new milestones with latest F-35A delivery

The RNLAF has received two more F-35A Lightning IIs in a delivery that marked the arrival of the final example for No 322 Squadron and the first aircraft destined to be operated from Volkel Air Base in North Brabant

Six MD530Gs finally handed over to Malaysia

MDHI announced on January 13 that the Malaysian MOD has completed the initial acceptance of six MD530G light attack/scout helicopters through their agent, Halaman Optima/Destini Prima

France VFR Nord-Ouest now available on OrbxDirect

The latest France VFR destination, Nord-Ouest for Microsoft Flight Simulator, is now available on OrbxDirect.

FlyPast Podcast Episode 50

For this episode, we’ve assembled the FlyPast’s editorial team to talk about the new look and content of the magazine and to explain the thought process behind it all...

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Spitfire Saviours of Cogea Nouvelle

COGEA Nouvelle is well-known for having operated six Spitfire IXs from the late 1950s to the early ’60s — all but one survive today. But what was this Belgian company, and why did it buy Spitfires?

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Meet Hans Airways: Britain’s newest long-haul scheduled carrier

Key.Aero has all you need to know about this hugely ambitious new airline which looks set to become Britain's newest long-haul carrier

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Behind-the-scenes with the RNLAF's 298 Squadron and its new CH-47F fleet

We recently visited the Royal Netherlands Air Force's No 298 Squadron at Gilze-Rijen Air Base to see how the air arm's new CH-47F Chinook fleet is gaining more traction with the Defence Helicopter Command

Russia’s first new production Tu-160M takes flight

Russia’s first newly manufactured Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile carrier aircraft completed its maiden flight from the Kazan Aviation Plant at Borisoglebskoye Airfield in Tatarstan on January 12

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The most successful fighter ace of all time

Names such as Manfred Von Richthofen, Herman Graf and Adolf Galland have ricocheted through the decades, each acting as a longstanding reminder of their owner’s achievements. Another such name that time cannot surpass is that of Erich Hartmann, who is arguably better known than any

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The Vulcan Challenge: New for '22

Soar into the new year with the Royal Air Force Museum’s Vulcan Challenge, and walk, run, or cycle your way to reach the 100km, 250km or even 500km distance! The Challenge commences on Friday 14 January and advance registrations are now open…

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“A FANTASTIC MACHINE”

Lightweight, two-seat, de-riggable with a low cantilever wing and a small, technologically advanced, motor giving a very economical cruise for five or more hours. You’d be forgiven for thinking I was describing a modern microlight or very light aircraft...

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Battle of Britain's Big Screen 'Spits

With the addition to the world’s airworthy Spitfire fleet of MH415, another Battle of Britain film veteran is operational again. But what of the other ‘Spits’ that appeared in the 1969 epic? Aeroplane lists their present-day whereabouts, or fates

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