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Historic

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80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the build-up, attack on and importance of Pearl Harbor to America

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Aeroplane January 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

Basic concept of the Skylounge system is for the detachable module to make pick-ups at downtown points and then be slung under a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane for movement out to the airport. Feature Premium

S-64 Skycrane Flying Lounge Trials

In its May 31, 1967 issue ‘Aeroplane’ detailed trials of a novel intermodal concept for how to travel to an airport with a lounge being attached to a helicopter

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Simon Meade: My Dream Historic Hangar

Simon Meade OBE, ex-RAF Harrier combat pilot and ex-Red One from the Red Arrows, reveals which six aircraft he would have in his money-no-object dream aeroplane collection

Jason Statham records special birthday message for 100-year-old WWII veteran and superfan

Hollywood star Jason Statham has sent a special 100th birthday message to a superfan and WWII veteran

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Military

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AFM poster salutes Ukrainian Frogfoot pilots

AFM salutes brave and fallen Frogfoot pilots of Ukraine

First Protector RG1 handed over to the RAF

Acceptance Test Procedures for the Royal Air Force's first General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system have been completed

USS Gerald R Ford sets sail on first deployment

The US Navy's latest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) departed from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, for its first-ever deployment

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Commercial

America's newest airline makes first flight - and we were on it!

It’s not very often that an airline launches, especially during a pandemic. But the US has gained its first new mainline carrier in 15 years and Key.Aero was onboard to experience its very first flight

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Why the Britten-Norman Islander is big in Germany

One of Britain’s smallest yet most successful airliners, the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, is big in Germany, as Andreas Rohde discovers

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The development of fly-by-wire technology on airliners

Fly-by-wire technology on commercial airliners was a revolution. However, such radical changes prompted some to consider the merits of automation over human control, as we discover in this exclusive extract from a new book

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Inside the world of passenger-to-freight conversions

As more aircraft are retired from passenger service, the abundance of airframes available for conversion is seen as a cost-effective alternative to new-build examples. Nigel Pittaway explores some of the passenger-to-freighter options on the market from both the manufacturer and third-party providers

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How pilots are helping each other during the pandemic

While few areas of the economy have been left untouched by the pandemic, aviators have perhaps had it tougher than most. Tom Batchelor learns more about a pioneering charity that is helping those with clipped wings

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Flight Simulation

Madrid for X-Plane Out Now

Aerosoft and sim-wings have released Airport Madrid XP for X-Plane 11.

Paris Charles De Gaulle for Prepar3D Released

Taxi2Gate has announced Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (LFPG) for Prepar3D version 4 and 5 is now available.

Hamburg for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, sim-wings has released Hamburg for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

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."