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Historic

Mustang to fly passengers from Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill-based FlyaSpitfire.com has recently acquired North American P-51D Mustang G-CMDK and plans to operate passenger flights in the two-seater during the 2022 ‘season’.

Historic Aviation Quiz: film dialogue

This week's historic aviation quiz will test you on your knowledge of classic aviation films by guessing them from just one line... think you're a film buff? We'll see...

Senior RAF squadron reformed at Brize Norton

One of the RAF’s most senior squadrons was reformed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on September 28 when 30 Squadron became the second operational Airbus Atlas C.1 unit. It had been disbanded on December 8, 2016 as part of the gradual rundown of the Hercules force

Classic Boeings being returned to flight in Nevada

Willow Aircraft is heading up a long-term project in Gardnerville, Nevada, to restore several historic Boeing aircraft, a mix of reproductions and originals. The latter include a pair of civilianised P-12s, built with some modifications and without armament

Photographs of the new Russian airliner, the Ilyushin 62, show the similarity of the layout to the VC10. These photographs show the four rear-mounted turbojets and the high tailplane position. Abandoned in favour of a nose radome is the “bomb-aimer’s window” of Tupolev designs. In this respect the new aircraft follows Ilyushin practice and is reminiscent of the earlier Il-18. Feature Premium

First sighting of a Russian Classic

The Ilyushin Il-62, which NATO assigned the reporting name of ‘Classic’, has had a lengthy career and some examples are still flying. ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ in its October 4, 1962 issue published the first photos of the jetliner to be publicly seen in the West

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Military

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On NATO’s Frontline: Inside Spangdahlem Air Base

The crisis in Afghanistan and the war in the Ukraine has meant that US Forces in Europe’s German centre has become the heart of vital operations. We visited the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base for an update

Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

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Commercial

SWISS MD-11 Feature Premium

What’s the difference between the DC-10 and MD-11?

From a distance, the two trijets look very similar, but what are the main differentiating features of the pair? Key.Aero compares them to find out

SIA 777 suffered EGPWS incident after levelling at 500ft on take-off

A single missing letter in the aircraft’s computer caused it to stop climbing and led to multiple activations of its ground proximity warning system

Airbus announces major European aerostructures shake-up

The company plans to consolidate some of its manufacturing activities in a bid to become “leaner and more agile”

Superjet Feature Premium

10 years of the Sukhoi Superjet 100

It has been a decade since the first jet entered service. To mark the occasion, Key.Aero charts the events of its development and sometimes-turbulent career so far

KLM Cityhopper Feature Premium

KLM: The UK’s second flag carrier?

The airline flies to more airports in Britain than any other country in its network. Key.Aero recounts how its long and complex relationship with the country shaped its current large footprint

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Flight Simulation

Okavango Delta for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, Simworks Studios has released Africa - Okavango Delta for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PC Pilot Issue 133

The full issue in page-turning format

Friedrichshafen for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Friedrichshafen for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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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.