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French photo-mapping B-17s that flew on into the 1980s

As of 1960, aircraft belonging to France’s Institut Géographique National had reputedly performed photo-mapping of more than 60 per cent of the world. A fleet of B-17 Flying Fortresses contributed much to this impressive feat, and the IGN kept them operating until the eighties, from the North Pole to deepest Africa 

Plans to restore Newark Chinook gather pace

Volunteers at Newark Air Museum have started to fabricate missing and damaged items for Chinook HC.1 ZA717, which arrived at the Nottinghamshire attraction in 2018.

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Army Flying Museum to put Apache AH1 on display

The Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop in Hampshire will soon have an Apache AH1 attack helicopter on permanent display, making it the only place in the UK where the public can see the variant.

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Peashooter back in Californian skies

Boeing P-26A ‘Peashooter’ 33-123 (NX3378G) made its first public flight in nearly five years on March 2 at Chino, California.

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Military

First visit of a KC-135 to the Mach Loop

A US Air Force 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker undertook a low-level training sortie yesterday evening (May 9, 2024), which for the first time included the Mach Loop in Wales.

Plans to restore Newark Chinook gather pace

Volunteers at Newark Air Museum have started to fabricate missing and damaged items for Chinook HC.1 ZA717, which arrived at the Nottinghamshire attraction in 2018.

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The return of B-1B ‘Lancelot’

The USAF’s 7th Bomb Wing (BW) – a component of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) – at Dyess AFB is preparing to receive a replacement for B-1B Lancer (85-0089/‘DY’), which was severely damaged after suffering a catastrophic engine fire at the Texan base in April 2022, writes Tom Kaminski.

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AAIB releases eVTOL VA-1X Kemble accident report

On May 2, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into the August 9, 2023 accident involving Vertical Aerospace VA-1X G-EVTL at Cotswold Airport (Kemble) in Gloucestershire.

Aerobility adds Cornwall Airport Newquay to flying locations

Flying lessons for people with disabilities will be available from Cornwall Airport Newquay for a limited time in August 2024.

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Manchester Airport adds new airlines and routes

Manchester Airport is seeing the start and return of several new routes with the introduction of the summer 2024 airline schedule, with new destinations to Asia, Africa and Europe.

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First European women’s football team special scheme airliner

FC Barcelona and Vueling have revealed the design of the new ‘Barça Women aeroplane’, marking the first time a women's football team in Europe has had an airliner painted with their image.

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Flight Simulation

Singapore for MSFS now available

Scenery developer, imaginesim has announced WSSS Singapore is out now.

DCS: CH-47F takes flight

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: CH-47F is now available for pre-purchase.

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

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

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Upcoming Events

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Hollomon Airshow 2024 Legacy of Liberty

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Holloman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."