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How the Soviets improvised to counter Luftwaffe night intruders

How to take on Luftwaffe intruders by night when you lack any dedicated night fighters? The Soviet Northern Fleet was forced to improvise — and the results were mixed

Historic ‘9/11’ Cessna for USAF museum

The National Museum of the US Air Force has received Cessna 172P N9344L, newly retired by the Civil Air Patrol.

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Mosquito T43 flies at Ardmore

On 18 March, former Royal New Zealand Air Force de Havilland Mosquito T43 NZ2308 — the fourth Mosquito to emerge from the Avspecs workshops at Ardmore, Auckland — took to the air with leading American warbird pilot Steve Hinton at the controls.

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BIG year for Meteor WS778!

Work to bring Meteor NF(T).14 WS788 back to life continues apace at Elvington’s Yorkshire Air Museum (YAM) near York…

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Military

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NASA DC-8 retirement

NASA will shortly retire its DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory after 37 years of missions.

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Bahrain’s first F-16C/D Block 70s on delivery

The first three F-16C/D Block 70 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters for the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) departed Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Greenville, South Carolina, on their delivery flight to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain, on March 6.

‘Bats’ complete final EC-130H sortie

The USAF’s 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) ‘Bats’ – a part of Air Combat Command’s 55th Electronic Combat Group (ECG) – marked a major milestone in its transition to the new Gulfstream G550-based EA-37B Compass Call electronic attack (EA) aircraft on February 15, when the unit completed its final flight with the legacy EC-130H Compass Call (pictured) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

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Commercial

Japan Airlines Quiz

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Record Stansted Airport passenger numbers

London Stansted Airport registered its busiest-ever year in 2023/24, new figures show.

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First E-Jet Freighter flies

Embraer has flown the first E190F conversion from its São José dos Campos facility in Brazil.

Repercussions from Boeing 737 MAX delivery delays

Airlines are having to change fleet plans to cope with delivery delays of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Royal Jordanian inducts inaugural E2s

Royal Jordanian Airlines’ first two Embraer E195-E2s have joined the fleet. In total, eight examples are expected to operate on RJ’s short and medium-range routes.

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Flight Simulation

Lelystad Airport for MSFS

Scenery developer Papa Hotel has announced Lelystad Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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iniBuilds’ Leeds Bradford Airport (EGNM)

In this review, we travel to the north of England and explore iniBuilds' rendition of Lees Bradford Airport, located in the heart of Yorkshire.

Palm Beach for Microsoft Flight Simulator

BMWorld and AmSim have released KPBI Palm Beach International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

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