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Aeroplane meets Rob Collings – President of the famous Collings Foundation

The president of the Collings Foundation presides over one of the world’s largest historic aircraft fleets — and flies many of them himself with great aplomb

New RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre opens

On May 5 the new RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre held its opening ceremony in an event attended by around 1,000 people including members of the USAF’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron.

Historic Aviation Quiz

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New scheme for Spitfire G-ILDA

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, G-ILDA/SM520, has received a new paint scheme honouring the heritage of RAF Westhampnett (now Goodwood Aerodrome) and a veteran Battle of Britain pilot closely connected with the aircraft’s owner, Spitfires.com

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North East Land, Sea and Air Museums receive 100 Sqn Hawk

On May 13, 2024, a ceremony was held at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM) to unveil a former 100 Sqn RAF Hawk T1 as a new exhibit.

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Military

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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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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.

The Monday Military Quiz 194

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What it’s like to fly on the COMAC ARJ21

Bored of Boeing 737s and tired of Airbus A320s, Richard Vandervord fancied a Chinese, sampling a flight aboard a COMAC ARJ21

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Boeing’s 777 ecoDemonstrator tests

The next phase of the ongoing Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme researching ways to improve sustainability and efficiency will test more than 30 technologies spanning airport operations, waste-reducing materials and future cabin concepts.

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Wiring defect caused ATR flight instrument loss

On May 18, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into a January 17, 2023 incident involving a West Atlantic ATR 72 approaching East Midlands Airport.

Airbus customers and operators quiz

Test your knowledge of Airbus customers and operators.

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New home for the UK’s last Boeing 747 operator

UK cargo carrier and the only remaining operator of the Boeing 747 in the country, One Air, has moved its base from London/Heathrow to East Midlands Airport, which “will now be a regular origin and destination point [for its] freighter services connecting Asia and Europe as well as for ad hoc global charter services.”

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Flight Simulation

Singapore for MSFS now available

Scenery developer, imaginesim has announced WSSS Singapore is out now.

DCS: CH-47F takes flight

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: CH-47F is now available for pre-purchase.

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

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

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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."