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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

‘Jersey Jerk’ public debut confirmed!

The UK’s newest Mustang to appear at night photoshoot

Egyptian Bestmann treasures arrive in Europe

German enthusiast Ernest Mika has acquired around 20 Bücker 181 Bestmanns originally built under license in Egypt 

Privateer taking shape in Michigan

Staff at the Yankee Air Museum are making steady progress on their restoration of the four-engined giant

Home needed for B-17 ‘Swamp Ghost’ artefacts

Following a recent estate settlement, several artefacts from Boeing B-17E 41-2446, the aircraft nicknamed ‘Swamp Ghost’, need a new home

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 185

How well do you know your military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz below...

Qatari Hawks temporarily move to Leuchars

Qatar Emiri Air Force Hawk Mk 167s of 11 Squadron are currently operating from Leuchars Station in Fife, having relocated from the unit’s home base of RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire.

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AIR International April 2024

April 2024 issue of AIR International in page-turning format features Gulfstream’s G700 and G800 series - offering comfort, range, and performance to business aviation

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Commercial

Aeroflot’s fleet settlements continue

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has finalised further insurance claims with leasing companies for seven more aircraft.

International return for Tu-214

Russian carrier Red Wings has placed its restored Tupolev Tu-214 into service on international flights.

Take off for Air Astana IPO

Kazakhstan's flag carrier Air Astana has begun trading on the London Stock Exchange and Astana International Exchange (AIX).

ULTIMATE ANSETT AUSTRALIA QUIZ!

February 17 marks the anniversary of the formation of Ansett Australia in 1936. Based in Melbourne, the airline survived for 65 years before collapsing in 2001 (and then again in 2002). So this week, we test your knowledge of this iconic airline. Good luck!

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Bombardier bags Challenger 3500 order

Bombardier announced on December 22, 2023, that an undisclosed customer had placed a firm order for 12 of its Challenger 3500 super mid-size business jet, with the first deliveries expected in the second half of 2025.

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Flight Simulation

F-5E Tiger II takes flight in MSFS

SC Designs has released the legendary F-5E Tiger II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

TrueEarth Great Britain North for X-Plane

Orbx has announced TrueEarth Great Britain North for X-Plane 12 is now available.

Tecnam P2010 for MSFS released

Aircraft developer Aerosachs has announced the Tecnam P2010 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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