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Inside the five-year Italian Beechcraft C-45 restoration 

A five-year-long restoration effort to return a former Italian Air Force Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor to its former glory has recently been completed at the Guardia di Finanza Air Service Museum at Pratica di Mare, Italy. Daniele Mattozzi reports for Aviation News

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Have you heard of the other Loch Ness ‘monster’?

In the very first issue of FlyPast, it was described as the “most ambitious aviation archaeological project ever undertaken”. Jamie Ewan recounts the quite incredible story of 'R-for-Robert' – the bomber that finally came home...

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Combat Aircraft Journal March 2023

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Dutch hold major multinational helicopter exercise

Falcon Autumn proved to be one of the most complex multinational rotary-wing airborne assault exercises witnessed in Europe in recent years. Joris van Boven and Alex van Noije report from the Netherlands

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Stunning restored 'Staggerwing’ returns to the air after 20 years

A beautiful pairing of Beech ‘Staggerwings’ in British skies celebrates thereturn of a long-lost example after nearly 40 years away from the scene.

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Inside the high-altitude rescue operations of Argentina’s Lama Squadron

The Lama Squadron is the only air unit in South America that has reached the highest peak on the continent and is one of the few helicopter units equipped for high-altitude rescue missions. AirForces Monthly explains how they can operate above 16,500ft

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Why the Shorts Skyvan ‘Flying Shoebox’ proved so popular

Short Brothers transformed Miles’ modest twin-engined freighter into a rugged, dependable, go anywhere, do anything aircraft loved by civilian and military operators alike. Stephen Skinner details the metamorphosis from Aerovan to Skyvan

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Lone Star Spitfire – what’s it like to fly a British classic in Texas?

Among the dazzling array of US warbirds flying from Lewis Air Legends’ Texas base is a British icon – a Spitfire Mk.V. Steve Beebee chats to owner Rod Lewis about this remarkable machine and its many stablemates

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Flight Planning for Airliners

In this tutorial, we take a look at one of the more important aspects of airliner operations, flight planning. We will also learn how to interpret a typical route and list some useful utilities for creating a realistic flight plan.

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Superb classic aircraft at Southampton Airport captured in colour

Working as an air traffic controller at Southampton Airport from 1958, Ian James was able to photograph some true classics that were either based or passed through — here’s a second helping from his archives