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Lightnings Strike Twice!

One new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, two air forces, 15 F-35B Lightnings and 29 pilots took part in a fascinating North Sea deployment in October 2020

GA-ASI to use Avenger drone as Skyborg testbed

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on January 6 that it will modify two company-owned Avenger remotely piloted aircraft to serve as testbeds for the USAF’s Skyborg Vanguard programme

“The Lancaster story that changed my life”

As part of our series, MyPast – where you get to tell us your historic aviation stories – George Corney tells us about the day that sums up the bravery of the men who went up in the Lancaster during World War II

Iceland Flight Adventure

This time, our Flight Adventure takes us to a country not on the usual top ten list of new destinations for flight sim pilots. However, recent commercial and freeware offerings have given a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity of Iceland.

Boeing landed with $2.5bn fine following 737 MAX fraud charges

The criminal proceedings focus on the “fraudulent and deceptive conduct” of two former employees

Tweed New Haven for Microsoft Flight Simulator Incoming

Orbx has announced KHVN Tweed-New Haven will soon be available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

FlyPast Podcast Episode 3

In Episode 3, the team discuss their favourite museums, flying lessons, and some heroic restorations.

France confirms E-2D Advanced Hawkeye order

Northrop Grumman revealed on January 6 that France has confirmed its order for three E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, becoming the second international customer of the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

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In pictures: 60 global airlines’ fleet retirements in 2020

With the first week of 2021 drawing to a close, Key.Aero has collated nearly 100 images to illustrate just how dramatically carriers’ rosters changed in 2020

WestJet reveals 737 MAX return plan

Following the resumption of commercial operations in both Brazil and the US, the airline outlines its intentions for getting the embattled jet back in the sky

Banff National Park Released

The latest destination to be released on x-plane.org is Banff National Park in Canada.

Australia declares IOC for F-35A fleet

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet can now be deployed on operations after it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on December 28

X-Plane Touches Down in Samos

Skyline Simulations has announced Samos International Airport (LGSM) for X-Plane is released.

In Development - 146 Professional for X-Plane

Just Flight has released new preview images of the 146 Professional currently in development for X-Plane 11.

UK orders MBDA to launch SPEAR3 missile production

MBDA revealed on January 6 that the UK has contracted it to launch the production of its SPEAR3 network enabled miniature cruise missile, which will become the primary air-to-ground weapon of the nation’s F-35B fleet

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Beating the Buses: Volaris Interview

Like most countries, Mexico’s aviation industry has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Sloan spoke with Holger Blankenstein, executive vice-president of airline commercial and operations at Volaris, to find out how the low-cost carrier has navigated this unprecedented crisis

21 facts about the Lancaster bomber!

Think you know all there is to know about the Lancaster bomber? Think again! We've got the complete list...

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Flight Line - Aeroplane February 2021

People involved in aviation have always needed a sense of humour. The creativity of aeronautical humourists was apparent during the writing of last month’s Flight Line, with...

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Aeroplane Classics: the Sopwith Dove

It’s often described as an offshoot of the Pup, while the Snipe made a contribution to it. The reality, though, is that the Sopwith Dove is an aircraft type all of its own...

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First in, last out - The closure of Berlin's Tegel airport

Within a week, the German capital’s new Willy Brandt airport opened and its venerable Tegel site closed for good. Andreas Spaeth went out with the old and in with the new

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Aeroplane Database: Reggaine Re 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2005

A Hungarian Air Force Re 2000, or Héja, serial V.418. This...

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A view to thrill: glaciers galore!

A scenic flight amid spectacular scenery is an adventure in itself – add a landing on an active glacier into the mix and you've the ultimate aviation adrenaline rush. Andreas Rohde travels to Alaska to join Talkeetna Air Taxi in the Arctic wonderland of Denali National Park

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AIRLINER HISTORY: BAC X-Eleven

It started out as Britain’s last go-it-alone attempt to produce a medium sized airliner. It ended up being the final home-grown commercial...

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Hawker Siddeley Trident - set up to fail?

British European Airways had a manufacturer on hand to develop its bespoke trijet however it saw fit, but that didn’t quell the carrier’s desire to buy Boeing. Stephen Skinner concludes his two-part overview of the Hawker Siddeley Trident

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The Payen Pa 49

There’s niche, and then there’s niche. A very small — quite charming — and low-powered jet, intended as a delta-winged trainer. Is it any surprise that the Payen Pa 49 remained a one-off? 

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