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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz: The Convair F-106 Delta Dart

With February 2 marking the 54th anniversary of the United States Air Force’s infamous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ incident, we dedicate this week’s to Convair’s “Ultimate Interceptor” – the F-106 Delta Dart

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Life on a RAF Germany Phantom squadron

With the Cold War in full flow, West Germany’s position on the front line demanded an allied presence. Former RAF Phantom pilot Al Munro gives a taste of his Battle Flight years

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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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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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Aviation News March 2024

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 183

Welcome to the 183rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Behind the scenes insights from RIAT’s Head of Air Ops

What can we expect from the next Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford? And what is involved in securing participation for the world’s largest military airshow? Mark Broadbent finds out in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

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Combat Aircraft Journal April 2024

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Commercial

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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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Ryanair lands in Norwich

Low-cost giant Ryanair announced in December that it will begin operations for the first time at Norwich Airport this summer, with three routes commencing from April 1.

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BA CityFlyer set to return to a London airport

London City-based BA CityFlyer is to make a return to London/Stansted in May 2024, its first operation at the facility in four years.

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Turkish Airlines rebrands its low-cost carrier

Turkish Airlines has announced that it will rebrand its low-cost subsidiary AnadoluJet as AJet Air Transportation Inc – AJet for short – and move the carrier to its own AOC starting in March 2024.

Spirit takeover blocked

JETBLUE’S $3.8bn bid to buy rival Spirit Airlines has been blocked by William Young, a US district judge in Boston, on anti-competitive grounds.

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Flight Simulation

Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade now available for free

Eagle Dynamics has released the Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade for DCS World for free.

X-Plane 12.1.0 incoming

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12.1.0 is due to be released imminently, adding a host of new features and improvements.

Anacortes Airport for MSFS released

The latest Pacific Northwest destination from Orbx is 74S Anacortes Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulators.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

Sheppard AFB - Sheppard Air Show

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Wichita Falls, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.