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Historic

WIN A Spitfire Flight worth £2975!

Flypast, Aeroplane Monthly and Britain at War magazines have teamed up with Spitfires.com to give one lucky reader the chance to win a flight in a Spitfire.

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Spitfire export gets Turkish scheme

Following its arrival in Turkey on 27 May, Ali Ismet Öztürk’s recently acquired Supermarine Spitfire IX TE517/G-RYIX had been painted into Turkish Air Force markings at the MSÖ Air & Space Museum at Sivrihisar, 85 miles south-west of Ankara, by mid-June.

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Golden Age SPAD replica airborne

Twelve years after construction began, the Golden Age Air Museum SPAD XIII replica made its first flight proper from the grass strip at Bethel, Pennsylvania on 15 June, the machine having made a brief hop in early November last year.

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Boscombe Down Lightning testing: two ETPS pilots reflect on their experiences

Two graduates of the Empire Test Pilots’ School look back on their Lightning experiences at Boscombe Down

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One man and his SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1

Phil Stevens caught up with Neil Atterbury – the man single-handedly returning a former RAF SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 back to its former glory…

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Military

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Brazil uses A-1Ms to assess flood damage

The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB; Brazilian Air Force) conducted a vital aerial reconnaissance mission over Rio Grande do Sul on May 9 in support of Operation Taquari 2 – a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operation that was launched after the Brazilian state was devastated by mass flooding.

Swedish Gripens and German Eurofighters team up for air combat training

Five JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters assigned to the Swedish Air Force’s F 7 Skaraborgs Flygflottilj (Wing) at Såtenäs Air Base (AB) in Sweden deployed to Rostock-Laage AB, Germany, between April 19-26.

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Special F-16 scheme honours F-117 Nighthawk

A US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Squadron ‘Black Sheep’ at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico now wears a matt-black paint scheme to honour the F-117 Nighthawk.

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Commercial

Civil aircraft country registration prefixes quiz

How well do you know your civil aircraft country registration prefixes? Test yourself with our quiz.

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UK focus for SunExpress

Leisure carrier SunExpress is looking to expand its UK network by adding two destinations each year.

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IndiGo acquires Airbus A350s

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900s, with deliveries expected from 2027.

Akasa Air earmarks international expansion

Akasa Air is expanding its international network, adding three new destinations to its route map – Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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Study reveals benefits of sustainable aviation fuel use

Airbus revealed in June 2024 that the world’s first in-flight study on the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft shows a large reduction in contrail formation and its associated warming effects.

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Flight Simulation

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PC Pilot Issue 152

Issue 152 July-August of PC Pilot in page-turning format features a review of SC Designs’ 1960s fighter F-5E Tiger II for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Halifax Stanfield Airport for MSFS upgraded

FSimStudios has released version 2 of CYHZ Halifax Stanfield International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Just Flight has announced the PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Athens Flying Week 2024 - Tanagra International Air Show

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Tanagra, Greece

International air show.

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow