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DC-3 D-Day Squadron plans for Overlord 80th anniversary

The D-Day Squadron, a mini-US aerial armada, is returning to Europe to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings. The Squadron’s Moreno Aguiari told Tom Allett about the organisation’s forthcoming transatlantic adventure

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Last PBY built will fly again

During mid-April, Consolidated PBY-6A BuNo 64107/N9825Z made the 104-mile journey east along the Interstate 90 freeway from Moses Lake, Washington State to Spokane, where it will be restored to airworthy and seaworthy condition by Vintage Aircraft Restorations at Felts Field.

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Viper Demo Team marks 50 years of the F-16 with retro scheme

The US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team has unveiled a 50th anniversary paint scheme for the 2024 airshow season.The F-16C Block 50D Fighting Falcon s/n 91-0395/SW from the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina now wears a red, white and blue scheme honouring the YF-16 prototype.

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Bentwaters’ T-33 restored

The Suffolk-based Bentwaters Cold War Museum announced it had finished the restoration of Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star, 51-9252 (c/n 580-7036), in April.

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Military

Mass formation of UK helicopters deploy for Steadfast Defender

A force of 16 helicopters from the 4 Regiment Army Air Corps Battle Group (4 AAC BG) departed Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, for mainland Europe to take part in Exercise Steadfast Defender 24.

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AMX bows out of Italian Air Force service

After 35 years of service, the Italian Air Force has retired an Italian-Brazilian tactical fighter-bomber. Daniele Faccioli and Giovanni Colla were at the farewell ceremony at the Istrana Air Base

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B-52s arrive at Fairford for BTF 24-3

Two US Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers landed at RAF Fairford on May 20, 2024, for a bomber task force (BTF) deployment.

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Commercial

Ryanair quiz

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Severe turbulence strikes Singapore Airlines Boeing 777

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER, 9V-SWM (c/n 34578) with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board encountered severe turbulence en route to Singapore from London/Heathrow on May 20.

Aer Lingus to launch first-ever direct service to Las Vegas

Aer Lingus will launch its first-ever direct service to Las Vegas this winter from its Dublin base.

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Boeing 727 to fly at Sywell 2024 airshow

The Sywell Airshow 2024 on June 22 and 23, will see the participation of a Boeing 727-200.

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Ural Airlines abandons Airbus A320 rescue from field

Ural Airlines has revealed that it will not return to service an Airbus A320 that has been stranded in a wheat field just outside Novosibirsk, Russia, since September 2023.

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Flight Simulation

NAS Key West Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Skydesigners has released KNQX NAS Key West Airport v2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Lisbon Airport for MSFS now available

The latest destination from FeelThere is LPPT Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tornado ready for take-off

Aircraft developer IndiaFoxtEcho has announced the Tornado multi-role combat aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."