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First-hand report from the Berlin Airlift

A revealing account of the aircraft operations during the Berlin Airlift with ‘The Aeroplane’s’ John E Fricker getting to experience flights into the city on an Avro York and Short Sunderland carrying supplies. In his article, which was published in the July 23, 1948 issue, he also gives his impressions of life in Berlin which was still bearing the scars from World War Two

USAF releases 5,000lb Penetrator bomb for the first time

A USAF F-15E Strike Eagle of the 96th Test Wing flew over the Eglin Air Force Base test range in Florida and released a GBU-72 Advanced 5,000Ib Penetrator bomb from 35,000ft on October 7

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New Australian low-cost airline Bonza to launch

A new budget airline is set to be launched in Australia, offering affordable air travel across the country from early next year.

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Laminar Research Announces X-Plane 12

Laminar Research has formally announced X-Plane 12 at FlightSimExpo 2021 in San Diego, with the team highlighting various aspects of the simulator that have been overhauled and improved.

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A look at the aerial firefighting effort that saved North Macedonia this summer

With its own firefighting aeroplanes left unserviceable this summer, North Macedonia faced catastrophic wildfires. We explain how aircraft from neighbouring countries helped to save the small Balkan nation from the flames

USAF receives airborne laser weapon for AC-130J testing

Lockheed Martin announced on October 6 that it has completed the factory testing process for the Airborne High Energy Laser (AHEL) weapon that is bound for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) fleet of AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunships

RAF Poseidon performs first overseas visit to Iceland

As part of increased cooperation between the UK and Iceland, a detachment of RAF personnel visited Iceland with an Airbus A400M Atlas C1 heavy-lift tactical transport and a Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft

53WRS Hurricane Hunters conclude Hurricane Sam operations

The US Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), named Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, completed its final flight into Hurricane Sam on October 2

Why the RAF’s latest Poseidon has a unique grey nose cone

The Royal Air Force took delivery of its sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 last month, but this one is different from rest. We reveal the reason for this very noticeable ‘modification'

​PMDG’s Douglas DC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

PMDG’s Douglas DC-6

Once in a while, an add-on gets released for Flight Simulator that takes your virtual flying experience down an entirely different path. It’s usually the reward that comes with purchasing top-shelf payware products that does it, and this has certainly been the case after installing the PMDG DC-6.