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Brisbane for Prepar3D Out Now

Orbx has announced Cityscape Brisbane for Prepar3D v4+ is now available.

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A400M and Voyager combine in recent Afghan evacuee flights

The UK has confirmed that it has conducted airlifts to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans who had fled Afghanistan to a neighbouring country, with two flights by UK Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft taking place between October 15-22

RAF F-35Bs work with Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2)

RAF Lockheed Martin F-35Bs from 617 Squadron operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have participated in a maritime partnership exercise with the US Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense force (JMSDF)

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 66

Welcome to the 66th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Inside Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 extension

In the most radical shake-up of airport operations for decades, Manchester’s Terminal 2 extension is now open for business. Gordon Smith received an exclusive tour to discover more about the quirky new space

Quiz: Defunct North American Airlines

Can you identify these defunct carriers from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Adam Chester

Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced ENSD Sandane Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Training RAF Hunter Pilots in the 1950s

A revealing article on the challenges of training pilots on the Hunter in its early days of service with the RAF, as published in ‘The Aeroplane’ in its August 3, 1956 issue

Norway signs deal for F-35A JSM production

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded a multi-billion kronor contract to supply the Joint Strike Missile for Norway’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

Finnish Hornets and Hawks participate in LFÖ21

The Finnish Air Force has deployed six Boeing F/A-18C Hornet multi-role fighters and three BAE Systems Hawk Mk51/A jet trainers to the Swedish Air Force's Luftförsvarsövning 21 (LFÖ 21, Air Defence Exercise 21)

FlyPast Podcast Episode 44

A fascinating conversation with former Bomber Command Navigator, Ronald Tudberry. Amongst other things, he talks about his experiences of flying with The Pathfinders and ditching in the North Sea.

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How Boeing 747s helped Cadillac build cars in the 1980s

A huge air operation enabled two car assembly plants, separated by the Atlantic, to produce ultra-luxury vehicles. Marco Rossi relays the intriguing story

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Vertical limits – BlueBird Aero Systems and VTOL technology

Militaries worldwide are moving to the adoption of fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial systems capabilities Joe Charlaff speaks with BlueBird Aero Systems on emerging trends

KC-46A Pegasus approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers

The KC-46A Pegasus has been approved to refuel F-15 and F-16 receivers following a decision by Gen Mike Minihan, commander of the USAF's Air Mobility Command, to allow another interim capability release mission set for the tanker

6 Epitomising the type’s low-level role, the last Vulcan built, B2 XM657, formates with a cameraship for a photo sortie. This aircraft was conversely the first to receive, in 1979, the new wrap-around camouflage. CROWN COPYRIGHT Feature Premium

V-force: End of the deterrent

As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

RAF receives seventh Poseidon MRA1

The RAF took delivery of its seventh Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on October 19, when the maritime patrol aircraft arrived at its home station of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, following an Atlantic crossing from Boeing’s facility near Seattle, Washington

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USAF wants to equip frontline units with Angry Kitten EW systems

Adversaries’ radars are getting so much better so fast that the USAF is struggling to keep up. However, a new system called Angry Kitten could help the service get ahead of the game

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Aircraft refurb: the pros and cons

Aircraft refurbishing is increasingly popular, as airlines aim to cut costs and minimise environmental impact. Tom Batchelor looks at this booming sector

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FlyPast December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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IN PICTURES: USAF B-1Bs perform maritime mission over Europe

USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancers from the 9th EBS conducted air-to-air refuelling operations ahead of a counter maritime mission with NATO allies and partner nations in the Black Sea region on October 19. We joined the 100th ARW to witness the in-flight refuelling first-hand

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Norway to retire F-16 fleet by year end

The Royal Norwegian Air Force will retire its fleet of F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons by the end of the year leaving the service reliant on its new F-35A stealth fighter for all fixed-wing combat duties from 2022 onwards

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First two Kuwaiti Eurofighters take flight

The first pair of two-seat Eurofighter Typhoons destined for the Kuwait Air Force completed their long awaited maiden flights from Leonardo’s Torino-Caselle Nord facility, near Turin in northern Italy, during the afternoon of October 15

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition Coming Soon

Asobo Studio has announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate its achievement as “Game of the Year”.

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Inside Bulgaria's growingly obsolescent Air Defence force

We look at the slow and often painful transformation of the Bulgarian Air Force’s air defence assets, while revealing humble plans to field Western-made hardware in the foreseeable future

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