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Heron revival makes progress in Australia

Staff at the Moorabbin Air Museum in the Australian state of Victoria are busy restoring de Havilland Heron VH-CLX, formerly G-ANPV.

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Work continues on Convair Sea Dart

Prior to Florida’s major Sun ’n’ Fun event in April, staff at the Florida Air Museum completed some minor refurbishments and a thorough clean of Convair YF2-1 Sea Dart 135765.

Historic Aviation Quiz

How good is your knowledge of the historic aviation? Test your knowledge here...

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Secret CIA overflights of China using converted Neptunes

The little-known RB-69A was used by the CIA and Republic of China Air Force to mount covert overflights across the mainland of communist China. Dr Kevin Wright explores the career of the USAF type that never was…

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Latest Mosquito to take to the skies: From the cockpit

Planes of Fame’s Steve Hinton spoke to FlyPast after flying the latest ‘Wooden Wonder’ to take to the skies

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Military

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Boeing delivers first CH-47F Block II Chinook to US Army

Boeing announced on July 1 that it had delivered the first CH-47F Block II Chinook to the US Army, marking a significant milestone in the modernisation programme of the Army's heavy-lift capabilities.

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End of a chapter for MH-139A Grey Wolf as it leaves Eglin AFB

The MH-139A Grey Wolf left Eglin Air Force Base for the last time on June 27 signalling its transition to a combat-capable aircraft under Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

The Monday Military Quiz 200

Test your knowledge with our 200th military aviation quiz

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Commercial

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Cebu Pacific signs MoU for huge A321neo order

Cebu Pacific has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to purchase 152 A321neos.

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Etihad unveils 20th anniversary livery on A321neo

Etihad Airways has revealed a new livery to commemorate its 20th anniversary on a recently acquired Airbus A321neo.

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Saudia carries over 500,000 people for Hajj pilgrimage

Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia, has completed the first phase of its Hajj operations, carrying over 509,000 pilgrims to Mecca between mid-May and mid-June.

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Changes at Frontier Airlines

Denver-based low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has introduced changes to its products and services, in a move that edges it away from the traditional budget model.

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Virgin Atlantic insights: reflecting on the past, looking to the future

Corneel Koster, chief customer and commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, shares his thoughts on the airline’s journey and future plans

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Flight Simulation

Local Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 out now

The Microsoft Flight Simulator Team has announced Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 is now available.

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Flying freight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

In this feature, we explore flying freight and the various options available for creating realistic cargo flights using the Airbus A320, Headwind Simulations’ A339x and the ATR-72 in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 released

Orbx has announced PNG Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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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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FAI World Microlight Championships

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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."