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Historic

Last instructional Spitfire moves on

The last Supermarine Spitfire in the world to be used as an instructional airframe has a new home.

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“I DECIDED IMMEDIATELY TO STRIKE”

Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, was unequivocal:...

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“A damned interesting trip, but I wouldn’t want to do it again”

The verdict of one Lancaster pilot sums up Operation ‘Paravane’ well. In fact, September 1944’s strike on the German battleship Tirpitz, mounted from the USSR, did rather more damage than first thought — though Nos 9 and 617 Squadrons would have to attack it again

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ROCKET SCIENCE

While most of the British rocket fighter story is associated...

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INSIGHTS

Saro test pilot Peter Lamb remembered “an exceedingly pleasant...

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Military

Thailand becomes international launch customer for AT-6 Wolverine

Textron Aviation Defense announced on November 14, the first day of the Dubai Air Show, that it has signed up the Royal Thai Air Force RTAF) as the international launch customer for the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine.

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How the Hellenic Air Force is still flying F-4 Phantoms after 50 years

After nearly 50 years in Hellenic service, the F-4 Phantom still remains a potent attack platform within the Mediterranean nation’s order of battle. Wiebe Karsten and Marco Muntz reveal how

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AIR International December 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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Commercial

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Airliner Deliveries

The latest commercial aircraft deliveries from manufacturers...

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Life with the World’s Favourite Airline

Bob O’Brien recounts some of his fond memories from more than 40 years of flying with the company we know today as British Airways.

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First A350 XWBs for British Airways and Air France

The first A350 XWBs for British Airways (BA) and Air France have...

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Split Scimitar Winglets in Ukraine

(Photo AirTeamImages.com/Oleg Belyakov) SKYUP AIRLINES has...

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Etihad A350 in Hamburg

AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/DIRK GROTHE Another Airbus A350-1000 destined...

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Flight Simulation

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Cockpit building

The Radio Management Panel - on the home straight… HARDWARE...

Flight Sim World Update

Dovetail Games has been busy over the past few months releasing...

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VFlyteAir Piper PA30 Twin Comanche

VFlyteAir Piper PA30 A classic aircraft for X-Plane 11 ...

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

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.