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Airports of the World Issue 99 - January-February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Aircraft brakes - an in-depth look

Mark Broadbent looks at the latest in brake systems, from new technologies and materials to how specialist suppliers are positioning themselves for recovery

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IWM In the Cockpit Experiences

Sit in the cockpit of an airworthy combat veteran Mk Ia Spitfire

USMC complete testing for next-gen air-to-ground missile

The USMC recently completed joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) testing on the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

F-35A officially wins Finland’s HX programme

On December 10 the government of Finland authorised the Finnish Defence Forces to sign a procurement contract for 64 F-35A Block 4 multi-role fighters with the US Government

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by David Hull

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Imperial War Museum to exhibit largest collection of Spitfires under one roof

Imperial War Museums' exhibition to display largest collection of Spitfires under one roof

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Lufthansa’s Boeing 727 debut

The Boeing 727 proved to be a very successful design, with it being operated by many carriers around the world. The first in Europe to do so was Lufthansa, as detailed in the April 23, 1964 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

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Neeleman's Breeze and the A220

Breeze Airways has unveiled the first of its 80 Airbus A220s. Chris Sloan looks at the role the type will play for the start-up

US hands over second C-130H Hercules to Niger

A second C-130H Hercules has been delivered by the US Government to Niger to join the Armée de l’Air du Nigér (Niger Air Force) inventory

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Pierre Clostermann: The Big Show

Continuing our look at WW2 biographies, Le Grande Circue, or The Big Show as we Limeys would say, is an all-time classic and yet another must-read memoir for anyone with a passion for WW2 aviation…

F-16 Fighting Falcon Takes Flight

SC Designs has announced the F-16 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Calidus unveils B-350 combat ISR turboprop

UAE-based aircraft manufacturer Calidus has finally unveiled at the recent Dubai Airshow a mock-up of its B-350 border patrol aircraft (BPA) after years of keeping it under wraps

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Pearl Harbor anniversary marked in California

On December 4, 2021, the Planes of Fame museum hosted a 'Special Hangar Talk Event' that commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Belgium replaces Italy in Estonia for NATO Air Policing

Italy handed the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) baton at the start of December to Belgium, after a record-breaking detachment period

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An in-depth look at USAF's upcoming T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer

The USAF’s new advanced training aircraft, the T-7A Red Hawk, honours one of its most distinguished squadrons. Tom Kaminski provides a timely update of the type’s upcoming arrival in service

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PC Pilot Issue 137

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Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black on preparing for Bosnian night CAP

In the first of a two-part feature, respected Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black reveals his thoughts and fears as he prepares for a nocturnal Combat Air Patrol through the war-torn skies of Bosnia

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Inside the intricate process of loading an Airbus Beluga XL

There is no mistaking the Beluga. Mark Broadbent profiles this distinctive airlifter and learns about the intricate process of loading and unloading Airbus’ unique in-house transport jet

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Cross Channel Car Ferries of the Air

For a few decades it was possible to cross the English Channel by booking onto an aircraft which could carry a car and its occupants. The development of this service was covered in the history of British United Air Ferries, which was featured in a supplement on Air Holdings (that owned a number of carriers) in the January 21, 1965 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

PC Pilot - Issue 137 Downloads

Downloadable content for the January/February 2021 issue of PC Pilot.

USMC one step closer to deploying the F-35C aboard carriers

VMFA-314 complete final integrated training cycle with CSG 3 and are now one step closer to being the first USMC unit to deploy aboard a carrier with the F-35C

UK MOD announces recovery of crashed F-35B

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has officially announced that the British F-35B which crashed on take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on November 17 has been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea

Indian defence chief killed in helicopter crash

India's Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, has been killed after an Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter in which he was travelling crashed on the morning of December 8

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