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Historic

Restored Bücker ready to fly in Spain

An example of the CASA-built version of the famous trainer is ready for flight

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NATO AIRPOWER: THE FIRST 20 YEARS

Andrew Thomas reviews air power during the first 20 years of NATO’s existence

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Who was the first to fly over Everest?

High Flyers: The landmark first flight over Mount Everest was made 91 years ago, decades before it was climbed…

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Aeroplane April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format turns the spotlight on the Messerschmitt Bf 109

Historic Quiz: Aircraft nicknames

Across the annals of flight aircraft have been bestowed unofficial nicknames – some pleasant, others not so much – by those that flew or maintained them, worked on them. But do you know the often-forgotten nicknames for these types?

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Military

First Dutch AH-64E arrives at Gilze-Rijen

The first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF’s) No 301 Squadron landed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base – the unit’s home-base – for the first time on March 14

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 185

How well do you know your military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz below...

Qatari Hawks temporarily move to Leuchars

Qatar Emiri Air Force Hawk Mk 167s of 11 Squadron are currently operating from Leuchars Station in Fife, having relocated from the unit’s home base of RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire.

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Commercial

Bound for Brisbane

American Airlines is launching new services from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane, Australia, in October using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky.

United support for SAF

Air New Zealand and Embraer are among the companies to have joined the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, an effort to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investments in start-ups.

European expansion for flydubai

Low-cost Emirati carrier flydubai is expanding its network further into Europe with the launch of four new routes. From August, the carrier will become the first UAE airline to operate services to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, serving the border region of France, Germany and Switzerland.

Global’s first A380 takes flight

The first ‘fully acquired’ Airbus A380 of UK start-up Global Airlines has taken to the skies. The former China Southern Airlines example, re-registered 9H-GLOBL (c/n 120), carried out a 20-minute test flight from Mojave Airport, California.

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Flight Simulation

Washington Airport and City for X-Plane 12

Developed by Drzewiecki Design, the package for X-Plane 12 is an accurate rendition of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

St Louis Airport for Tower! Simulator 3

Feelthere has announced KSTL St Louis Airport for Tower! Simulator 3 is out now.

Navigraph introduces chart annotations

The new annotations feature in Navigraph Charts enables the user to annotate Jeppesen charts by drawing taxi routes, highlight important information or specific procedures.

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Upcoming Events

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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."

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."

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."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow