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Historic

The Mosquito’s 272kg bomb

Known as the ‘Highball’, only 200 were ever made. Watch footage of one that was raised up from the bottom of a Scottish loch – 74 years after being dropped by a Mosquito from 618 Squadron.

Made of wood, held together with four bolts: de Havilland’s WW2 game-changer

From being turned down by the Ministry of Defence to becoming de Havilland’s greatest wartime aircraft, the story behind the Mosquito – and the incredible engineering behind it – showed aviation ingenuity at its very best.

Inside the de Havilland Mosquito B35 bomber

Watch our video of the Mosquito’s interior – these are the conditions that pilots and navigators faced…

Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Mosquito

Two months’ of meticulous planning, calculated to deliver the decisive blow, was unleashed by the Allies at 13:00 hours on February 22, 1945. A massive daylight offensive was targeting enemy transport and communication systems.

He opened the Hornet Moth door over the Channel... and refuelled it in mid-air!

For sheer audacity and bravery, this story of a daring World War II escape takes some beating.

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Military

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Further details emerge of LMXT platform

Further details have emerged of the Lockheed Martin/Airbus Defence and Space partnership to bid for the US Government’s KC-Y ‘Bridging Air Tanker’ programme, which is seeking between 140 and 160 additional tankers from 2029

A Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker shown before the conflict. Surprisingly, seven days into the war in Ukraine and Russia still hasn’t gained air superiority. Ukrainian MoD Feature Premium

War over Ukraine: the first week

As nearly a week has passed since Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, Khalem Chapman examines the key developments since the war began

Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

With one of the largest air forces in the world, many are questioning why Russia has not yet achieved control of the skies above Ukraine. Alan Warnes details the situation as we know it

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Commercial

Wizz Air Resumes Luton Operations

Wizz Air has today (May 1) restarted operations at its London/Luton base despite ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The low-cost carrier has resumed services to 22 destinations from the gateway for passengers whose journeys are deemed necessary.

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Virgin Australia – The Rise and Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip on the commercial aviation industry, Virgin Australia became its next casualty after entering voluntary administration on April 21. Thomas Haynes examines the airline’s history and analyses what went wrong for Australia’s second largest carrier.

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Boeing Breaks Off Embraer Tie-up

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer has accused Boeing of making “false claims” to justify terminating a $4bn deal to acquire the firm’s commercial aircraft business. The US airframer said it exercised its rights after Embraer “did not satisfy the necessary conditions”.

Distance flown out of UK’s airports drops by 84 million miles a month because of COVID-19

Incredible data reveals the true scale of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial aviation.

Airports of the World May-June 2020 new cover pic Feature Premium

Airports of the World Issue 89 - May-June 2020

Welcome to Airports of the World Issue 89 - May-June 2020

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Flight Simulation

PC Pilot Issue 124 Preview

The new November/December issue of PC Pilot has finally arrived, and as usual it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

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Challenging Airports - Akureyri (BIAR)

On this instalment of the Challenging Airports series, having wound our way around the globe, two years later we find ourselves revisiting Iceland.

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Just Flight’s PA-28R Turbo Arrow III & IV

Another pair of classic Pipers from...

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