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USAF seeks to arm C-17s, C-130s through Rapid Dragon programme

The USAF is moving to quickly arm its cargo aircraft with long-range cruise missiles. The motivation is fairly clear: in a war with China, the air arm will need all the firepower it can get

LDACS from a technical perspective

SESAR LDACS webinar series continues. Highlights from session 2 looking at technical implications.

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How did the Soviet’s first jetliner compare to the Comet?

The Tupolev Tu-104 was the USSR’s first jet-powered airliner. But how did it stack up against its western competition? Key.Aero reviews the history of the type and compares its capabilities to the Comet

Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 5 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 5

Having thoroughly explored the spatial and visual illusions that night pilots are subjected to, we can turn to more practical skills using flight simulators and start to learn some flying techniques that the professionals use when they venture out after dark.

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DCS: MI-24P Hind Interview

In late March, the developers of Digital Combat Simulator opened up preorders for their next exciting release: the iconic Mi-24P Hind attack helicopter. Alex Podvoisky, lead developer on this project, was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule (as the Mi-24 nears Early Access release), to answer some of our questions.

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Combat Aircraft Journal August 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Which US military aircraft supported the President's recent UK visit?

We examine the logistics required for the success of Joe Biden's first visit to the UK as the US President for the G7 Summit, which - as expected - required a lot of airlift support

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UK Discovery Tour, Part 2

Picking up from where we left off in our previous issue, the second leg of our United Kingdom discovery tour starts at Shoreham on England’s south coast and zig-zags up the home counties, through the capital of London to the River Humber in the northeast, before cutting across the Peak District to the city of Manchester.

Challenging Airports: Toronto City Airport (CYTZ) Feature Premium

Challenging Airports: Toronto City Airport (CYTZ)

Some airports are conveniently located in city centres and provide measurable savings for those who value time as a commodity. In this issue, we take a look at a popular near-city airfield that serves the bustling Canadian metropolis of Toronto: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit

Joe Lavery explains how he made the centre pedestal and highlights some of the challenges, such as fitting the radio equipment and the emergency engine fire handles.