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Historic

Rare ex-RAF Vampire flies again in Utah

One of only two genuine T11s airworthy in the world takes to the skies after almost 20 years

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Remarkable survivor - Navy Wings Swordfish

What it lacked in speed and svelte lines, it more than made up for in versatility, endurance and operational success. In fact, the Fairey Swordfish was one of Britain’s most successful World War Two aircraft. Steve Beebee speaks to Navy Wings about W5856, its remarkable Mk.I survivor

Kingcobra ‘Fatal Fang’ returns to Californian skies

Bell P-63 'Fatal Fang' is flying again in the US following a thorough restoration

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Battle of Britain Legend - 303 (Polish) Squadron

Having spent ten years researching their role in the Battle of Britain, Richard King delves into the legend to answer the question: fact or fiction?

Vintage airshow coming to Compton Abbas

Aero Legends are teaming up with the Wiltshire airfield to stage The Golden Age Of Aviation Airshow this August

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Military

USAF’s final WC-135R arrives at Offutt AFB

The 45th Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) – a component of the USAF’s 55th Wing – received its third and final WC-135R Constant Phoenix (64-14829/OF) when the aircraft touched down at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on December 4, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Taiwan’s ‘Vipers’ gain US codes in Arizona

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF)-operated F-16V Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 21st Fighter Squadron ‘Gamblers’ at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona – which are used for the training of Taiwanese F-16 pilots and maintainers – have started to apply removable US serial numbers and insignia, as well as the Morris ANGB-affiliated ‘AZ’ tailcodes to the newly delivered jets.

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RAF Typhoon combat debut over Libya

In the September 2011 issue of Aviation News, Jon Lake reported on how the RAF’s Typhoons were fairing in combat missions over Libya.

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Commercial

Embraer E-Jets – the secrets of their success

As airlines search for ever-more economical ways of serving their markets, the ‘crossover jet’ category of small airliners provides Embraer with a potential route into an expanding portfolio of customers. Alan Dron asks if it’s living up to the hype

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Air New Zealand innovations - sleeping pods available to all passenger classes

Air New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer, Leanne Geraghty, spoke to Michael Doran about how the airline’s new initiatives are helping to get the operator to the right route

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Airliner World February 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

Japan Airlines A350 engulfed in flames at Tokyo Haneda

A Japan Airlines Airbus A350 was engulfed in flames as it landed at Tokyo/Haneda on Tuesday, January 2.

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Commercial aviation trends to watch in 2024

The frenetic pace of the commercial aviation sector shows no signs of slowing down in 2024. As we start the new year, Gordon Smith highlights some of the key areas to look out for over the coming 12 months

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Flight Simulation

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Airports of the  Pacific Northwest

With the recent release by Roman Design of CYYJ Victoria International Airport, four major destinations in the Pacific Northwest are now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we travel to the region and explore all four airports.

East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12

Orbx has announced EGNX East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12 is out now.

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Heatblur and IndiaFoxtEcho’s F-14 Tomcat review

The aircraft under review evolved from the popular DCS: F-14, designed by Heatblur Simulations. This time, they have joined forces with developer IndiaFoxtEcho to bring the F-14 to the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Finale

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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 VE Day Flying Day

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The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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 Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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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 Days: The Americans

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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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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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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."