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Historic

Saab B 17 joins Swedish historic flight

Late last year the distinctive Saab was passed into the hands of a new operator

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Aviation News April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format puts the spotlight on the Polaris Program to provide a world exclusive on the fast jet fleet behind private spaceflight’s most ambitious mission

Control tower restoration appeal relaunched at Elvington

The Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington has renewed its appeal for help to finish the restoration of an historic wartime control tower

Lodestar being returned to its former glory at Pima

Lockheed R5O-5 Lodestar 12481 is close to completion at the Pima Air and Space Museum following a typically thorough restoration

Mosquito veteran Flt Lt Colin Bell celebrates 103rd birthday

Celebrating his 103rd birthday on Tuesday 5 March, Flt Lt Colin Bell shows no sign of slowing down as he looks back over an action-packed year

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Military

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USAF now plans to buy less than 100 F-15EXs

As part of its FY25 budget request, the USAF has revealed that it now plans to purchase 18 F-15EXs, rather than the 24 Eagle IIs that were initially set to be acquired. This would take the total planned F-15EX procurement from a total of 104 aircraft to just 98

Pentagon clears Osprey flight operations to resume

The Pentagon has cleared all three variants of the V-22 Osprey to return to flight after what has been a three-month grounding. US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) initially grounded its CV-22B fleet after the fatal loss of an aircraft on November 29, 2023, before US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) grounded the rest of the US Osprey force

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Indian Navy stands up INAS 334 as first MH-60R squadron

The Indian Navy (IN) marked a pivotal moment in its modernisation journey on March 6, when the service formally commissioned its first MH-60R Seahawk multi-role maritime helicopters into operational service with Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 334 at Indian Naval Station (INS) Garuda in Kochi

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Commercial

American Airlines’ trio of aircraft orders

American Airlines announced orders for 260 new aircraft, including 85 Airbus A321neos, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10s and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft.

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How a fuel emergency forced a 757 to land on closed runway

Icelandic air accident investigators have concluded a probe into a low-fuel incident which saw an Icelandair Boeing 757-200 land on a closed runway at Keflavik Airport.

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JetBlue and Spirit cancel $3.8bn merger

JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines announced on March 4 that they had reached an agreement to terminate a July 2022 merger agreement after the proposed deal was blocked by a US judge in January on anti-competition grounds.

ULTIMATE ONEWORLD ALLIANCE QUIZ!

On February 1, the Oneworld alliance celebrated its 25th anniversary. In honour of this milestone for this week’s quiz we test your knowledge of one of the world’s premium airline alliances. Best of luck!

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Airliner World April 2024

April 2024 issue of Airliner World in page-turning format celebrates 50 years of British Airways flying the UK flag

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Adventure: The C-160 Transall

The year 2023 saw the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Transall C-160 military transporter. In this flight adventure, we explore why it became such a long-lived and pivotal utility aircraft for such an extended time.

Richmond for MSFS released

The latest US destination from scenery developer Axonos is KRIC Richmond International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

PC Pilot - Issue 151 Downloads

Online contents for the May/June 2024 issue of PC Pilot.

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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."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

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."

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".

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow