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Historic

Roadworks could force Stow Maries airfield closure

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Europe's largest surviving World War One airfield, is facing permanent closure because the main access public road to the site has been closed without warning.

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Lake Michigan Grumman Wildcat restored for display

Staff at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have completed an 11-year restoration of Grumman FM-2 Wildcat 57039 (also see May 2024 issue of FlyPast).

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Sea Harrier and Lynx arrive in Falklands for display

The Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust (FINMT) has received BAE Systems Sea Harrier F/A.2 ZH801 and Westland Lynx HMA.8SRU XZ725 following an epic journey by the two aircraft from the United Kingdom to the South Atlantic.

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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Scale replica Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ accident report released

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published its report into the fatal accident involving Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ near Enstone in Oxfordshire on August 22, 2023.

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Military

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Metrea acquires French air force Stratotanker fleet

Metrea has completed the acquisition of the French Air and Space Force’s (FASF) KC-/C-135 aerial refuelling fleet.

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RAF joins major exercises in Indo-Pacific

The Royal Air Force has sent aircraft and personnel to participate in two major exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Marshall hand over last C-130J for the Bangladesh Air Force

The Bangladesh Air Force has received its fifth and final former Royal Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.

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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

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

HiFi Simulation Technologies has released Active Sky FS for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen released

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Flight simulator training – Mountain flying

In this lesson, we explore the incredible and scenic terrain of the Rocky Mountains and learn about the challenges of mountain flying.

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Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight

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Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."