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Viper Demo Team marks 50 years of the F-16 with retro scheme

The US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team has unveiled a 50th anniversary paint scheme for the 2024 airshow season.The F-16C Block 50D Fighting Falcon s/n 91-0395/SW from the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina now wears a red, white and blue scheme honouring the YF-16 prototype.

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Last PBY built will fly again

During mid-April, Consolidated PBY-6A BuNo 64107/N9825Z made the 104-mile journey east along the Interstate 90 freeway from Moses Lake, Washington State to Spokane, where it will be restored to airworthy and seaworthy condition by Vintage Aircraft Restorations at Felts Field.

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Bentwaters’ T-33 restored

The Suffolk-based Bentwaters Cold War Museum announced it had finished the restoration of Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star, 51-9252 (c/n 580-7036), in April.

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Aeroplane meets Rob Collings – President of the famous Collings Foundation

The president of the Collings Foundation presides over one of the world’s largest historic aircraft fleets — and flies many of them himself with great aplomb

New RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre opens

On May 5 the new RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre held its opening ceremony in an event attended by around 1,000 people including members of the USAF’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron.

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Military

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Viking Tiger Tornado unveiled

A new tiger scheme on a German Air Force Panavia Tornado ECR was flown for the first time on May 21, 2024.

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First photos of the B-21 Raider airborne

The US Air Force has released the first photos of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider strategic stealth bomber airborne.

The Monday Military Quiz 195

Test your military aviation knowledge.

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Commercial

Aer Lingus to launch first-ever direct service to Las Vegas

Aer Lingus will launch its first-ever direct service to Las Vegas this winter from its Dublin base.

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Boeing 727 to fly at Sywell 2024 airshow

The Sywell Airshow 2024 on June 22 and 23, will see the participation of a Boeing 727-200.

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Ural Airlines abandons Airbus A320 rescue from field

Ural Airlines has revealed that it will not return to service an Airbus A320 that has been stranded in a wheat field just outside Novosibirsk, Russia, since September 2023.

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What it’s like to fly on the COMAC ARJ21

Bored of Boeing 737s and tired of Airbus A320s, Richard Vandervord fancied a Chinese, sampling a flight aboard a COMAC ARJ21

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Boeing’s 777 ecoDemonstrator tests

The next phase of the ongoing Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme researching ways to improve sustainability and efficiency will test more than 30 technologies spanning airport operations, waste-reducing materials and future cabin concepts.

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Flight Simulation

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Flying freight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

In this feature, we explore flying freight and the various options available for creating realistic cargo flights using the Airbus A320, Headwind Simulations’ A339x and the ATR-72 in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 released

Orbx has announced PNG Highland Bush Strips Pack 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

City Update 06: Southwest Germany now available

The latest City Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator focuses on the Southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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Upcoming Events

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.

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."

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

CFB Trenton - Quinte International Air Show 2024

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Trenton, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow