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Historic

Silver Star flies in France

Resplendent in its polished-metal Armée de l’Air finish, Top...

HangarTalk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s...

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Drop zone ‘K’, Sannerville, 5 June

‘DAKS’ GATHERING VIEW FROM THE GROUND… At Sannerville,...

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PRODUCTION

Wartime German jet engines were made on a vast scale — but...

RAFM GETS GENEROUS

In late June the RAF Museum announced that several of its aircraft...

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Military

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

USAF replaces legacy C-130H with Super Hercules in Kuwait

USAF's 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) was redesignated as the 61st EAS of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing last week, utilising the new C-130J Super Hercules to replace the C-130H model that has operated out of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for the past two decades

RAF Typhoons head to Oman for live fire exercise

Earlier this week RAF Typhoon FGR4s arrived at Thumrait Air Base in Dhofar Governorate, Oman, for the annual bilateral exercise Magic Carpet 21 with the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO)

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Commercial

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Spitfire Returns from Middle East Tour

Following a tour of the Middle East, Spitfire XIX PM651 has returned...

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Gulfstream G650 Record-Breaking Bizjet

Rod Simpson examines Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER,...

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New 737 Issue Arises

Boeing has informed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that certain 737 Next-Generation aircraft and 737 MAX leading-edge slat tracks may have been improperly manufactured. As a result, these may not meet regulatory requirements for strength and durability.

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Horten HX-2 at Friedrichshafen

The pusher-prop Horten HX-2 is inspired by German wartime flying...

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P&M Aviation Ceases Business

British microlight manufacturer P&M Aviation has announced that...

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Flight Simulation

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Bhutan Flight Adventure

Bhutan Flight Adventure - The happiest place on Earth!

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FlyJSim BOEING 727 SERIES V2

The Boeing Whisperjet

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Challenging Airports - Skiathos (LGSK)

Over the span of our Challenging Airports series, often the airports we’ve looked at are carved out of difficult terrain to allow access to popular tourist destinations. Such is the case with the beautiful Greek isle of Skiathos.

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Upcoming Events

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Established in 1977, the airshow returns in 2024 for its 44th edition.

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days

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Mošnov, Czechia

The event website states: "The main programme, taking place at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, features heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces’ training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units."