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Historic

RAF pilot killed in BBMF Spitfire crash

A Royal Air Force pilot who died after a Spitfire crashed in a field in Lincolnshire has been identified as Sqn Ldr Mark Long.

Newark Hunter receiving Blue Diamonds makeover

A Hawker Hunter is getting a colourful revamp at the Newark Air Museum.

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Otter completes journey to Hickory

Former United States Navy de Havilland Canada NU-1B Otter BuNo 144672 arrived at its new home, North Carolina’s Hickory Air Museum, on January 12.

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DC-3 D-Day Squadron plans for Overlord 80th anniversary

The D-Day Squadron, a mini-US aerial armada, is returning to Europe to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings. The Squadron’s Moreno Aguiari told Tom Allett about the organisation’s forthcoming transatlantic adventure

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Military

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First T-54As arrive at Corpus Christi

Textron Aviation delivered the first two T-54A multi-engine training system (METS) aircraft to Training Air Wing 4 (TAW-4) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 18.

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Allies gather to celebrate 50 years of the F-16 and Tornado

On May 23, 2024, F-16s and Tornados launched from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany to fly a formation to mark the 50th anniversary of both aircraft types first flights in 1974.

New groundbreaking mental health policy for USAF aircrew

The US Air Force has revised its mental health policy to allow aviators more flexibility and earlier access to treatment without compromising their flight status.

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Commercial

 Tecnam’s P-Mentor receives FAA certification

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded full Type Certificate to the Tecnam P-Mentor IFR trainer.

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More than 100 Letters of Intent for hydrogen-powered Islander

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAS), the British company that is developing a hydrogen-powered Britten-Norman Islander, has revealed that it has more than 100 Letters of Intent (LOI) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) signed for the aircraft, which is expected to make its first flight in Spring 2025.

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British Airways to launch Tromsø flights

British Airways will operate its first ever flights to Tromsø, Norway in the forthcoming winter 2024-25 season.

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Severe turbulence strikes Singapore Airlines Boeing 777

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER, 9V-SWM (c/n 34578) with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board encountered severe turbulence en route to Singapore from London/Heathrow on May 20.

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Flight Simulation

New York LaGuardia Airport released

Scenery developer MK Studios has released KLGA - New York LaGuardia Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Graphics card upgrade

Using a high-performance graphics card plays an important part in achieving high frame rates in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we look at the performance benefits of upgrading from the NVIDIA RTX 3060 to the more recent RTX 4070S.

Local Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 out now

The Microsoft Flight Simulator Team has announced Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 is now available.

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