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Air fighting in the Sopwith Camel - what was it like?

The early days of air combat were filled with peril for brave men entering the unknown. Andrew Thomas profiles two of the pilots who came to prominence flying the Sopwith Camel

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Why does the 'Suffolk Spitfire' boast a USAAF scheme?

When the United States Army Air Forces entered the war in Europe, Spitfires appeared adorned with stars and bars. Darren Harbar reveals why and details their operations with the 309th Fighter Squadron in North Africa

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Combat Aircraft Journal January 2023

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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How is the USAF's PACAF command posturing to address the China threat?

The USAF’s Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command faces an increasing challenge amid growing tensions with China. AirForces Monthly takes a detailed view of PACAF and the vital role it plays

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So long, SOFIA!

NASA’s SOFIA airborne laboratory has retired, more than a decade earlier than planned. In the first of a two-part feature, Bernd Sturm shines the spotlight on this unique aircraft

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Who was pioneering aviator Oscar Garden?

Pioneering aviator Oscar Garden is best remembered for his astonishing 18-day flight in a Gipsy Moth, travelling from London to Australia in 1930. In the years that followed, the New Zealander’s love of flying did not abate. Here his daughter Mary Garden details his flying boat adventures before and during World War Two…

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Lake Windermere's incredible Waterbird

Newly airborne from Lake Windermere this summer, the replica of the unique Waterbird represents a tremendous accomplishment — and a delightful way to recall the achievements of the 1911 original

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How good was the Sopwith Camel in battle?

Sopwith’s most famous fighter earned its reputation in hard fought aerial combats. Andrew Thomas documents the wartime use of the legendary biplane

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What is it like to own and fly a North American L-17 Navion?

From the same same stable as the legendary P-51 Mustang, the North American L-17 Navion offers both a user-friendly and enjoyably wild ride, as Dave Unwin discovered

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Can SAF save the day?

Sexy it is not, but the industry needs sustainable aviation fuel. Mark Broadbent rounds up recent developments in SAF