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Historic

Avro Vulcan pilot John LeBrun on bomb loads

Whilst the Vulcan was capable of carrying conventional payloads, it originally formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, as retired Vulcan pilot John LeBrun discusses

An Ariana DC-6A/B at Kabul airport nearly 6,000ft above sea level. The airline carried 39,285 passengers in the Moslem year ended March 21, an increase of 3 per cent over the previous year. Feature Premium

1966 Afghanistan civil aviation flashback

A fascinating snapshot of the growing part aviation was playing in Afghanistan, as told in the July 28, 1966 ‘Aeroplane’

Vulcan to the Sky - Eight weeks to hit target

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) has until the end of the year to hit its fundraising target of £2.2 million needed to secure a mortgage and build a new home for Avro Vulcan XH558.

Historic Aviation Quiz: Coastal Command Edition

Have a go at this week's tricky Coastal Command themed Historic aviation quiz!

Vulcan pilot recounts scrambling for nuclear call out

Former Vulcan pilot John LeBrun knows first-hand what it is like to prepare for a nuclear scramble. In this video he describes the process in fascinating detail

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Military

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F-22 Raptor: King of the fighters

A recent special publication, ‘The US Air Force at 75’ gave an overview of the world’s premier fighter – the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor 

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Lockheed U-2: everything you've ever wanted to know

In the 2021 special publication Spyplanes, Bob Archer detailed one of America's most notable and famous spy planes, the high-flying Lockheed U-2

RAF trials low-level parachute capability on A400M

As the RAF continues to expand and develop the capabilities of its Airbus A400M Atlas C1 fleet, the service revealed on September 7 that it has successfully completed a series of low-level parachute trials on the type

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Commercial

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Aviation News May 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

The inside story of how easyJet took on British Airways

In what was truly a David versus Goliath fight, the fledgeling budget carrier managed to withstand everything thrown at it by the national airline. Key.Aero chats with Tony Anderson, the firm’s first marketing director, to find out how

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Air Caraïbes: A Caribbean success story

Only a few years after being founded Air Caraïbes started to focus on intercontinental routes while still operating regional services. Jozef Mols discovers how this carrier has flourished serving the French territories in the Caribbean

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Embraer’s stylish Praetors

Embraer entered the market for midsize business jets in 2007 with two Legacy models. Now, as Rod Simpson reports, the improved Praetor versions are also proving popular with customers

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KLM's Dutch Queens of the Sky

As with many operators, KLM’s passenger Boeing 747s have become casualties of COVID-19 and were permanently withdrawn in October 2020 only leaving some freighters in the airline’s colours. Lee Cross looks at almost 50 years of service of the iconic jets in the KLM fleet

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Flight Simulation

T-45C Goshawk Ready for Take-Off

IndiaFoxtEcho and MilViz have announced the T-45C Goshawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Stapleford Airfield Out Now

The latest UK destination from Orbx is EGSG Stapleford Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Beluga Touches Down in X-Plane

iniSimulations has released the A300 BelugaST ON THE LINE for X-Plane 11.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Finale

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The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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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."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."

Duxford Flying Evening

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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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."