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USAF’s 16th ACCS completes final Joint STARS flight

The 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron – a part of the USAF’s 461st Air Control Wing – marked a major milestone on September 8, when the unit flew its final local sortie with the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS from Robins AFB, Georgia

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Flying the KC-135Q – Global Reach for the SR-71

A force of KC-135Qs was dedicated to air-to-air refuel the SR-71A Blackbird.  In the August 2012 issue of Aviation News pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) described his experiences flying the ‘Q’ variant of the Stratotanker supporting the SR-71A on its secret missions

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USAF Starfighters Scrutinized

Warren E Thompson, in the December 2016 issue of Aviation News, looked back at the USAF career of the iconic Lockheed F-104 Starfighter – including its service in the Vietnam War 

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B-52Hs versus ISIS

This article on the use of the Stratofortress in the fight against ISIS comes from a bookazine about the B-52H, published this year

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F-117 Pilot: Nighthawk combat debut in Panama and becoming a squadron boss

In this second article on Greg Feest’s F-117 career, which appeared in the January 2018 issue of Aviation News, among the topics he covered were flying a combat mission to Panama and becoming a squadron commander

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Historic

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a Canadian desperate to join the RAF's fight

The mother of Camille Bon Seigneur said her son was “filled with the highest ideals”. Alas, his participation in the Battle of Britain was to be brief

Historic Aviation Quiz: The USAF at 75 Edition

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Air Force … but how much do you know about the service's early days?

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Battle of Britain’s forgotten ‘Few’: a brave naval aviator

The tragic tale of Fleet Air Arm pilot Arthur Blake, who fought in the RAF alongside a childhood friend

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Commercial

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GALLERY: Elizabeth II - the real Queen of the Skies

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II flew further, faster and more often than any other British monarch. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting her relationship with aviation over the decades

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AIR International October 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Air Canada donates Lockheed Electra for permanent display

The flag carrier has donated its Lockheed L-10A Electra to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg.

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Flight Simulation

Menorca for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released a detailed rendition of Menorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, sporting high-resolution aerial photographs and detailed airport buildings.

First-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator now available

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released the first-ever city update for Microsoft Flight Simulator as well as sharing further details on the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition.

Introducing DCS: Top End Australia map

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: Top End Australia map by third-party developer, Check Six Simulations is now in development.

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