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Historic

B-17G crash memorial ceremony

A commemorative ceremony will be held in the town of Cornebarrieu, near Toulouse in southwest France, on May 7, 2024 to remember a US Army Air Force navigator killed on a June 1944 mission.

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Landing gear fitted to Argentine Ju 52

The restoration of a Junkers Ju 52/3mge (msn 4043) – formerly the Argentine Air Force’s T-158 – passed a new milestone on March 26 with the installation of its main landing gear.

Win RIAT tickets, worth £150

AirForces Monthly and Combat Aircraft Journal have teamed up with the Royal International Air Tattoo to offer one lucky reader a pair of general admission tickets, worth £150, for Sunday, July 21. 

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D-Day Spitfire operations

Spitfires flew on operations throughout D-Day, fulfilling a variety of crucial roles. Andrew Thomas details a memorable day for all involved

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Aeroplane June 2024

June 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format is a D-Day 80th anniversary special commemorating the Allied landings on June 6, 1944 — and the air power that liberated Europe, hour-by-hour

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Military

Plans to restore Newark Chinook gather pace

Volunteers at Newark Air Museum have started to fabricate missing and damaged items for Chinook HC.1 ZA717, which arrived at the Nottinghamshire attraction in 2018.

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The return of B-1B ‘Lancelot’

The USAF’s 7th Bomb Wing (BW) – a component of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) – at Dyess AFB is preparing to receive a replacement for B-1B Lancer (85-0089/‘DY’), which was severely damaged after suffering a catastrophic engine fire at the Texan base in April 2022, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Rare ‘Silver Dragon’ TU-2S sighted

After almost three years of extensive maintenance by the USAF’s 9th Maintenance Group in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, TU-2S Dragon Lady, (80-1078/‘BB’), graced the skies once more.

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Commercial

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British Airways restarts flights to the capital of the UAE

British Airways made its return to Abu Dhabi on April 21, 2024 resuming the route to Zayed International Airport after a four-year hiatus.

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Brussels Airlines unveils latest stunning A320 special scheme

Brussels Airlines has presented a brand-new Airbus A320neo in a special livery named ‘Amare’.

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Airbus Helicopters Racer flies

The Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed helicopter demonstrator undertook its first flight from Marignane in southern France on April 25, 2024.

UK Holiday Airlines Quiz

Test your knowledge on UK holiday airlines.

Tecnam launches P2006T NG

Tecnam launched a new edition of its P2006T training aircraft at the AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany, held over April 17 to 20, 2024.

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Flight Simulation

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Flying freight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

In this feature, we explore flying freight and the various options available for creating realistic cargo flights using the Airbus A320, Headwind Simulations’ A339x and the ATR-72 in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 released

Orbx has announced PNG Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

City Update 06: Southwest Germany now available

The latest City Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator focuses on the Southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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Upcoming Events

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Hollomon Airshow 2024 Legacy of Liberty

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Holloman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."