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Historic

Roadworks could force Stow Maries airfield closure

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Europe's largest surviving World War One airfield, is facing permanent closure because the main access public road to the site has been closed without warning.

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Lake Michigan Grumman Wildcat restored for display

Staff at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have completed an 11-year restoration of Grumman FM-2 Wildcat 57039 (also see May 2024 issue of FlyPast).

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Sea Harrier and Lynx arrive in Falklands for display

The Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust (FINMT) has received BAE Systems Sea Harrier F/A.2 ZH801 and Westland Lynx HMA.8SRU XZ725 following an epic journey by the two aircraft from the United Kingdom to the South Atlantic.

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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Scale replica Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ accident report released

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published its report into the fatal accident involving Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ near Enstone in Oxfordshire on August 22, 2023.

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Military

BREAKING: RCAF Demo Team Hornet to fly the Mach Loop

The Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team has announced they plan to fly the Mach Loop.

The Monday Military Quiz 201

If you think you have good knowledge of RAF squadrons, try our quiz.

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Swedish Gripens and German Eurofighters team up for air combat training

Five JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters assigned to the Swedish Air Force’s F 7 Skaraborgs Flygflottilj (Wing) at Såtenäs Air Base (AB) in Sweden deployed to Rostock-Laage AB, Germany, between April 19-26.

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Commercial

Civil aircraft country registration prefixes quiz

How well do you know your civil aircraft country registration prefixes? Test yourself with our quiz.

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UK focus for SunExpress

Leisure carrier SunExpress is looking to expand its UK network by adding two destinations each year.

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IndiGo acquires Airbus A350s

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900s, with deliveries expected from 2027.

Akasa Air earmarks international expansion

Akasa Air is expanding its international network, adding three new destinations to its route map – Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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Study reveals benefits of sustainable aviation fuel use

Airbus revealed in June 2024 that the world’s first in-flight study on the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft shows a large reduction in contrail formation and its associated warming effects.

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Flight Simulation

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

HiFi Simulation Technologies has released Active Sky FS for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen released

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Flight simulator training – Mountain flying

In this lesson, we explore the incredible and scenic terrain of the Rocky Mountains and learn about the challenges of mountain flying.

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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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

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

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."