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Seafire returns to the skies after work at Old Warden

Supermarine Seafire F Mk.XVII SX336 flew for the first time in around five years on November 18 from Old Warden in the capable hands of Stu Goldspink. The aircraft’s return follows a period of extensive maintenance at the Bedfordshire aerodrome

Historic Aviation Quiz: The ATA Girls

This week's historic quiz focuses on the tenacious 'ATA Girls' featured in the December issue of FlyPast magazine

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Early days of the ’125 bizjet

In addition to de Havilland, the 125 would go on to be built by Hawker Siddeley, British Aerospace, Raytheon and Hawker Beechcraft in a number of different variants with around 1,700 examples produced. This article, which appeared in the March 21, 1963 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ provides a glimpse into the certification of the Bristol Siddeley Viper 20 engine. The aircraft featured in this article, G-ARYC, survives as an exhibit at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire

Sea Harrier taxies under its own power after restoration work

Sea Harrier FA.2 ZH798 has taxied under its own power as the result of extensive restoration work...

Tornado arrives at Northern Ireland museum

Ireland’s largest aviation museum has added a former RAF Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZG771 to its collection.

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Two more Gripens delivered to Brazil

A further two Saab F-39E Gripens have been delivered to Brazil, where they will join the Brazilian Air Force's growing fleet

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Patrouille Suisse to visit RAF Waddington

The Swiss Air Force’s display team, the Patrouille Suisse, has announced it will be visiting RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire this weekend.

Why some RCAF flights will disappear from flight trackers

The proliferation of flight trackers and their increasing ability to follow aircraft has raised concerns with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

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The ex-American Airlines Boeing 727 that vanished

In May 2003, the trijet took off from an airport in Angola and was never seen again. Key.Aero recounts the events of an extraordinary incident that continues to stump investigators to this day

“I had two choices: blow into a tube for nine hours… or crash in the Atlantic”

There aren’t many situations more serious for a pilot than a fuel problem in the middle of an ocean. But as Key.Aero found out, that was the position Kerry McCauley was in while ferrying a brand-new Beechcraft Bonanza from the US to Paris

How anti-drug inspections led to 737 depressurisation and diversion

While all oxygen masks deployed, two rows of passengers damaged the devices and had to be moved to different seats during the emergency

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Why the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was ahead of its time

On the 51st anniversary of its entry into service, Key.Aero examines the aircraft’s revolutionary technology and considers why despite this, the trijet failed

Airliner World: MRO Americas 2021 - Special Supplement

Don’t miss our special digital edition of Airliner World for the latest insight the across MRO sector, including propulsion systems, maintenance software and component overhauls.

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DCS World: 2021 Roadmap

After closing out a highly unusual 2020, Eagle Dynamics, the developer of Digital Combat Simulator World, released a 2021 Roadmap providing an outline of what fans can expect over the coming year as the title continues to evolve.

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator - How to design scenery – Part 1

In this new series, Joe Lavery walks us through the process of creating a custom airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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IRIS Simulations’ Jabiru J160/J170

We take a look at the Jabiru add-on pack, designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator and created by Aussie developer IRIS Simulations.

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