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Historic

Vickers Valiant – a brief history

The origins and history of the Valiant

Remembering artist Robert Taylor

Legendary aviation artist Robert Taylor passed away recently following a short illness – Aces High Gallery has announced a special Remembrance Weekend

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Three key men behind the Avro Vulcan’s design

Steve Beebee remembered three of the key men behind the Avro Vulcan’s design in the September 2011 issue of FlyPast

The primary aircraft for the Black Buck 1 mission was Vulcan B.2 XM598 (shown here shortly after it first arrived at Wideawake Airfield), however a cockpit window wouldn’t seal properly and so the aircraft couldn’t be pressurised. This led to the back-up aircraft carrying out the attack. Bob Shackleton/VTST Feature Premium

Planning the Vulcan raids on the Falklands

Dr Kevin Wright interviewed Sqn Ldr Andy Marson (Ret), at the time Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s navigator on XH558, who helped plan the Black Buck raids during the Falklands War. He provided his insight into these complex missions in the August 2015 issue of Aviation News

Avro Vulcan origins and career

Glenn Sands described the Vulcan’s pedigree in the September 2011 issue of FlyPast

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Military

News Freemium

Germany joins UK in donating Sea King helicopters to Ukraine

During a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (otherwise known as the Ramstein Group) on January 23, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius revealed that the nation will donate six German Navy-operated Sea King Mk 41 multi-role utility helicopters – which are now surplus to requirements due to their upcoming retirement – to the Ukrainian Armed Forces

Albania receives first Black Hawks from US Army

A pair of surplus UH-60A Black Hawk battlefield utility helicopters, which were formerly operated by the US Army, were delivered to Rinas Air Base, near Tirana in Albania, on January 13

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Brunei welcomes first two C295MWs

The first two Airbus C295MW medium-lift tactical transport aircraft for the Royal Brunei Air Force departed Airbus’ facility at Sevilla-San Pablo Airport in Spain on their delivery flight to Brunei on January 18

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Commercial

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Flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Nearly a decade after entering service, Boeing’s Dreamliner remains at the top of its game and a favourite with pilots and passengers alike. In the April 2021 issue of Aviation News, retired British Airways Captain Michael Napier explained why the 787 is a dream to fly

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Airliner World January 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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How the Boeing 787 turned the dream of flying Australia to Europe non-stop into reality

The first Dreamliner for Qantas has entered service with the type set to enable the airline to achieve a long-held aspiration, as Chris Frame explained in the January 2018 issue of Aviation News.

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How Boeing builds the 787 Dreamliner

Ambitious. No single word better describes the outset of the 787 Dreamliner programme as Boeing sought to turf manufacturing out to contractors worldwide, while creating a second production line thousands of miles from home. This article first appeared in Airliner World's December 2021 issue

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Going short-haul on the long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner

In the March 2018 Aviation News, Spencer Bennett described the experience of flying on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner inter-European service using a South American carrier, for just £33.

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Flight Simulation

Stearman takes flight in MSFS

Golden Age Simulations has released the Boeing Stearman for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Gold Coast Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest Australian destination from Orbx is YBCG Gold Coast Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Antarctica Vol. 2 released

Aerosoft has announced Antarctica Vol. 2 - Australian Casey and Skiways for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."

Wales Airshow

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Swansea, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "Over two days, some of the best pilots and flying display in the world use the natural amphitheatre of Swansea Bay to show their stuff, pulling off incredible aerial acrobatics. From jets to helicopters, it’s two days of the year not to be missed. And even better – it’s free!"

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Southport Air Show

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Southport, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "The annual Air Show takes place on Southport beach and is a weekend packed with entertainment! If you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids, as well as the flying programme, there is plenty of things to do on the ground. From flight simulators, static aircraft to explore, climbing walls, assault courses and plenty more!"