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Historic

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GROUND TRIALS AND PRESERVATION

DATAFILE XD145 was released to the Rocket Propulsion Establishment...

Remembering Mark Hanna – extra pictures

The FlyPast pays tribute to OFMC’s Mark Hanna, an airshow legend who tragically lost his life 20 years ago this month.

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Successful first flight for Belgian Hawker Fury

THE LATEST IN AVIATION HERITAGE NEWS Hawker Fury...

Former Berlin classics arrive at Paderborn

Messerschmitt Bf 108 D-EBEI is rolled into Quax-Flieger’s busy...

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Refurbished Aviodrome hall reopens

Classic airliners have pride of place within Aviodrome’s refurbished...

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Military

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The story of Boeing's problematic KC-46 Pegasus programme

Over budget and besieged with problems, Boeing’s KC-46 Pegasus continues to come under scrutiny. Tom Kaminski provides a timely update

Belgium deploys A400M for first international exercise

The Belgian Air Component conducted its first international A400M exercise during October 11-25, this is after a detachment of 148 military personnel and two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft from the 15th Airlift Wing participated in the Airlift Block Training (ABT) at Pisa Air Base, Italy

Behind the scenes of a 100 squadron hot bombing mission

Recently Key.Aero joined 100 Squadron for Operation Flash Strike at both RAF Leeming, Yorkshire, and the Ministry of Defence’s Donna Nook Weapons Range in Lincolnshire. Operation Flash Strike saw a total of 16 3kg practice bombs dropped from the Hawk T1 at Donna Nook range against fictitious adversary threats provided by the JTACS throughout two sorties

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Commercial

Hunting SAMs over Mount Olympus

MILITARY EXERCISE INIOCHOS Babak Taghvaee visited Andravida...

Bell 429 record sales

BELL ANNOUNCED at European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition...

NASA’s CHEETA

University of Illinois via NASA RESEARCH IS to get underway...

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US Infrastructure Grants for 381 Airports

THE FEDERAL Aviation Administration is set to award $830m in...

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Miami Receives Latest 3D Scanners

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY Administration (TSA) officers at Miami...

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Flight Simulation

TFFJ – St Barts for X-Plane

Saint Barthélemy Airport (TFFJ) in the Caribbean is famous for its steep descent over a hilltop and short landing strip. Consequently, the largest aircraft allowed to operate to the airport is the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 Twin Otter.

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PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster for FSX

PMDG recently announced the release of its DC-6 for FSX...

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Design 717

Chris Frishmuth reviews TFDi’s debut release

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Upcoming Events

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".

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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 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."

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

Wales Airshow

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Swansea, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "Over two days, some of the best pilots and flying display in the world use the natural amphitheatre of Swansea Bay to show their stuff, pulling off incredible aerial acrobatics. From jets to helicopters, it’s two days of the year not to be missed. And even better – it’s free!"