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Historic

1 Sqn officers with their S.E.5a biplanes at Clairmarais aerodrome, near Ypres, in July 1918. Feature Premium

In all things first: The history of No. 1 Squadron

From the birth of military flight to operations over the South Atlantic during 1982, the Royal Air Force’s premier fighter unit, 1 Squadron, has always remained at the forefront of British aviation. Immersed in rich history, it has served as a capable strike force for more than a century, operating some of Britain’s most infamous aircraft during that time...

First One-Eleven 500 series for BEA photographed before its first flight, scheduled for today (Feb. 7), BEA is marketing the aircraft as the “Super one-eleven” and will put it into service on intra-German routes in November. Feature Premium

BEA’s first BAC One-Eleven Series 500

The BAC One-Eleven had achieved enough orders and sufficient potential for the stretched 500 series to be offered. BEA was the launch customer with details of the development of the variant explained in the February 7, 1968 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

Tribute to Martin-Baker legend unveiled

A fresh tribute to Captain Valentine Baker has been unveiled at the Aylesbury Vale Golf Club

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On this Week: Avro Manchester

In November 1940, the Manchester officially entered service with the newly reformed No. 207 Squadron of RAF Bomber Command. Reformed on November 1, the Manchester first flew with the squadron just five days later

Trailer: John LeBrun and the Avro Vulcan

Coming soon: Meet the man whose life has been a love affair with the iconic Cold War bomber

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Military

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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

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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 

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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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

JetBlue reveals plans to ‘reinvent’ economy on London routes

After unveiling its premium product earlier this year, the New York-based carrier has turned its attention to its economy offering

JAL reveals fate of PW4000-powered Boeing 777s

The flag carrier grounded the widebody in February following two engine failures involving the powerplant

How India could become the next global aircraft leasing hub

With a fast-growing domestic air travel industry, India is now turning its attention to capitalising on the expected increase in demand for aircraft. Key.Aero speaks with Mandar Mhatre, MD, India at Apex Group to find out how the country plans to become the next leasing and financing capital of the world

Quiz: How well do you know your airliners?

In this week's Commercial Aviation quiz we turn our attention to identifying the aircraft instead of the airline. Do you know your Boeing 777 from 767 and Airbus A310 from A300? Let us know what score you get!

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Flight Simulation

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.

New Norwegian Destination Available on OrbxDirect

Gaya Simulations has announced ENCN Kristiansand Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D is out now.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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."

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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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 Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. 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."