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Afterlife: How the Vulcan Display Flight survived beyond the type’s retirement

It’s now 40 years since the RAF’s Vulcan Display Flight embarked on its debut airshow season, keeping Vulcan XL426 flying despite reservations among some of the top brass. But how, exactly, did it happen? 

Historic Aviation Quiz

How good is your knowledge of historic aviation? Test your knowledge of first flights and milestones.

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New home planned for Aussie B-24 Liberator

In the Melbourne suburb of Werribee, Victoria, the state-owned Melbourne Water Corporation will soon begin a project to dismantle the larger of two Second World War hangars at the far end of the old training base – hangar 1 – and relocate it to a site adjacent to the B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia restoration hangar.

US Air Force museum receives KC-10 Extender

The National Museum of the US Air Force has added a McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender to its collection.

La Ferté Dragon Rapide takes shape

At La Ferté-Alais, restoration of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis’ de Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide F-AZCA has seen application of more of its post-war Fleet Air Arm colour scheme.

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Military

RDAF cancels 2024 Danish Air Show

The Royal Danish Air Force has cancelled its airshow this year.

Major UK exercise: Will Pantomime put on a good show for enthusiasts?

A major military exercise is due to take place off the North-West of Scotland in June this year according to an open source air traffic advisory UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) supplement.

Win RIAT tickets, worth £150

AirForces Monthly and Combat Aircraft Journal have teamed up with the Royal International Air Tattoo to offer one lucky reader a pair of general admission tickets, worth £150, for Sunday, July 21. 

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Commercial

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Ethiopian orders the Boeing 777X

Ethiopian Airlines is to purchase eight Boeing 777-9s, with options for up to 12 more.

Royal Jordanian adds A321 freighter

Royal Jordanian Airlines boosted its cargo capabilities in March 2024 when it introduced a new A321-200PF converted freighter.

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Asiana bids farewell to passenger Boeing 747s

Asiana Airlines has drawn to a close more than a quarter-of-a-century of passenger operations with the Boeing 747-400.

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QantasLink Boeing 717 incapacitation investigation

The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) has released its final report into an incident on June 6, 2023, involving QantasLink Boeing 717-231, VH-NXM (c/n 55094), operated by National Jet Systems, where the flight crew suffered incapacitation while on approach to Hobart Airport, Tasmania.

Airlander 10 hybrid airship production for Yorkshire

Hybrid Air Vehicles has announced it intends to locate the factory and production programme for its Airlander 10 aircraft at Carcroft Common outside Doncaster.

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Flight Simulation

Lukla for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aerosoft has announced Mt Everest Airports Vol. 1 – Lukla for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Golden Age Simulations’ Boeing Stearman

The Boeing Stearman taught most of the US Navy how to fly and provided plenty of crop dusters for barnstorming fun post World War Two. We take a look at Golden Age Simulations' version of this legendary aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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iniBuilds’ A300-600R review

The wide-body design and the use of modern materials put the Airbus A300 on the cutting edge of 1970s technology. We take a closer look at iniBuilds rendition of this high-performance airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

CANCELLED - Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

CANCELLED - The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."