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Historic

Spitfire Flight Test

In a recent re-issue of a special magazine by Key Publishing featuring military aircraft flight tests, Dave Unwin takes aloft the legendary Spitfire

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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

Egyptian Bestmann treasures arrive in Europe

German enthusiast Ernest Mika has acquired around 20 Bücker 181 Bestmanns originally built under license in Egypt 

Privateer taking shape in Michigan

Staff at the Yankee Air Museum are making steady progress on their restoration of the four-engined giant

Home needed for B-17 ‘Swamp Ghost’ artefacts

Following a recent estate settlement, several artefacts from Boeing B-17E 41-2446, the aircraft nicknamed ‘Swamp Ghost’, need a new home

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Military

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Behind the scenes insights from RIAT’s Head of Air Ops

What can we expect from the next Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford? And what is involved in securing participation for the world’s largest military airshow? Mark Broadbent finds out in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

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Davis-Monthan AFB bids fond farewell to first ‘Warthog’

In line with the USAF’s plan to retire its entire fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft within the next three-to-five years, the 355th Wing (WG) has withdrawn its first ‘Warthog’ from operational use at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, which shares an almost 50-year history with the type

New Zealand considers axing Super Seasprite helicopter fleet

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is reportedly considering a move to axe its eight-strong fleet of SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-role maritime helicopters as part of a 6.5% cut in defence spending – equivalent to NZ$150m (US$91.23m) – that has been requested by the New Zealand government

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Commercial

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Boeing 737 MAX – One step forward, two steps back?

At the end of 2023, the Boeing 737 MAX appeared to have turned a corner, regaining the trust of airlines and passengers alike after two high-profile accidents. Then there was the Alaska Airlines incident in January 2024. In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News Mark Broadbent reports the latest developments

Take-off boost for A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is to undergo a series of performance enhancements that will increase its take-off weight by around 2.6 tonnes.

Bound for Brisbane

American Airlines is launching new services from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane, Australia, in October using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky.

United support for SAF

Air New Zealand and Embraer are among the companies to have joined the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, an effort to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investments in start-ups.

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Flight Simulation

Toolbar Pushback Pro out now

Aerosoft has announced Toolbar Pushback Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade now available for free

Eagle Dynamics has released the Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade for DCS World for free.

X-Plane 12.1.0 incoming

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12.1.0 is due to be released imminently, adding a host of new features and improvements.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

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."

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

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."