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Historic

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How the Soviets used the iconic Spitfire in combat

Vladimir Kotelnikov, in the February 2014 issue of FlyPast, revealed the Spitfire’s combat career with Soviet forces.

Owning a Spitfire: does it live up to the dream?

George Haye has fulfilled the dream of owning a Spitfire having bought RW382/G-PBIX, which is also known as the Suffolk Spitfire. He tells Key Aero’s Dino Carrara whether the reality of owning this iconic warbird has lived up to the dream.

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Aviation News September 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

US-based Fairey Gannet to make first flight in years

Yeovilton-based charity Navy Wings have issued the following statement:

Shuttleworth gets grants for engineering apprentices

Funding boost for apprenticeship programme at Old Warden

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Military

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When a navy operated Tornados

Doug Gordon details the varied roles undertaken by Tornados of the German Navy

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Revealing insights from the days of the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) at RAF Cottesmore

The three partner nations on the Tornado programme established a joint training unit at RAF Cottesmore that lasted almost 20 years. A former station commander and an instructor described its inner workings to Dino Carrara in 2015

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The inside story of Tornado Storm Shadow missions to Libya

Mark Ayton got the inside story on the Tornado GR4's long-range missions to strike targets in Libya using Storm Shadow missiles

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Commercial

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Everything you need to know about the Airbus A350

Ten years after the Airbus A350 made its first flight, Mark Broadbent considers the type’s first decade as well as its future

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Converting Airbus airliners for 'space flight'

Mark Ayton outlines the Zero-G programme operated by Novespace from Bordeaux airport in France.

The Ultimate Airline Logo Quiz (Part Four)

This week on Key Aero, we’re celebrating all things Airbus. So as your quiz this week, we thought we’d continue with the logos that you’ve all been enjoying of late – but they’re all of an Airbus-operator nature. Can you name all the airlines?

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Airbus A350 – what it’s like to fly the next-generation widebody

Aviation News speaks to David Ward, an Airbus A350-900 pilot flying for Delta Air Lines

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How Korean Air achieved widebody comfort in the narrowbody A321neo

The Seoul-based operator is the latest to bring widebody comfort to narrowbody flights. Gordon Smith joined the carrier on board its brand new Airbus A321neo to put it to the test

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Flight Simulation

Local Legends 12: The Dornier Do X Flying Boat out now

The latest aircraft in the Local Legends series for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the Dornier Do X Flying Boat.

City Update IV: Western Europe released

City Update IV for Microsoft Flight Simulator features five cities in Western Europe, all recreated using high-resolution geographic data. The update also includes Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany.

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DCS: Normandy 2.0 interview

In this article, we sat down with developer Ugra Media and discussed their work in producing DCS: Normandy 2.0.

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IWM Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

IWM Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."

Duxford Flying Finale

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The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".