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Historic

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How the RAF took the Harrier into the field

The Harrier Field Force was a revolutionary concept for the Cold War RAF, yet despite its birth pangs, it soon evolved into an unrivalled capability. We spoke to the man who, more than anyone else, made it so

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The Blackburn Buccaneer: Red Flag’s low-level legend

Former Buccaneer squadron commander Graham Pitchfork describes the RAF’s extraordinary success during the early Red Flag exercises

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Aviation News March 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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74 Sqn and the Lightning F.3

Tony Clay describes the Lightning F.3 and its time with the RAF’s famous ‘Tigers’, 74 Squadron

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TSR2: The greatest aircraft the RAF never flew?

Arguably the most controversial aircraft in British history, the TSR2 still has the power to divide opinion. Was it rightly cancelled or a missed opportunity? In the January 2017 issue of Aviation News, Dr Kevin Wright weighed up the arguments.

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Military

USAF’s 305th RQS welcomes first Jolly Green II

The USAF’s 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS) – a component of Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC’s) 943rd Rescue Group (RQG) – joined the HH-60W Jolly Green II family on February 1, when the first aircraft (21-14521) arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Portugal receives first second-hand P-3C Orion from Germany

The Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP; Portuguese Air Force) received the first of six former Marineflieger (German Navy)-operated P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on February 9

USMC’s first East Coast F-35B unit declared operational

The USMC formally declared its first East Coast-based F-35B Lightning II squadron operational when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 (VMFA-542) ‘Tigers’ – a component of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) – achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina on February 5

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Commercial

SAS steps closer to SkyTeam with Atlanta announcement

SAS has added a new route connecting Copenhagen with Atlanta to its summer 2024 programme.

THE ULTIMATE SPANAIR QUIZ!

On January 27, 2012, Spanair ceased operations after a rescue deal with Qatar Airways fell through. For this week’s quiz, we take a look back at the Spanish carrier and its operations. Good Luck!

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Airliner World March 2024

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Loganair bids fond farewell to the Saab 340

Scotland’s Loganair has retired its venerable Saab 340 fleet after more than 24 years of service.

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Alaska to buy Hawaiian

In a surprise announcement, Alaska Airlines has announced its intention to purchase Hawaiian Airlines in a deal worth $1.9bn. Alaska Air Group will pay $18 in cash per share to Hawaiian Holdings, taking on the Honolulu carrier’s $900m debt.

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Flight Simulation

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PMDG’s 737 Universal Flight Tablet review

We take a closer look at at PMDG's highly anticipated Universal Flight Tablet for the 737 family and find out if it was worth the wait.

Diamonds in the sky

Aircraft developer COWS has released the DA42 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Leading Edge Simulations’ DC-3 v2 review

Leading Edge Simulations is renowned for creating highly authentic simulations of classic aircraft for X-Plane. This time, we check out its latest incarnation of the DC-3.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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 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."

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."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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".

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. 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."