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When the RAF flew two Chipmunks around the world

It was the ultimate celebration of the DHC Chipmunk: an around-the-world flight by the RAF. A quarter of a century on, we recall Exercise ‘Northern Venture’ — strange fuels, wild horses, Russian extortion and more…

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Avro Shackleton AEW.2 - Cold War ‘Sentinel’

Group Captain David Greenway (ret’d), a former Shackleton pilot and commanding officer of 8 Squadron, talks to Dr Kevin Wright about the Shackleton AEW.2 in RAF service.

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Chinook Bravo November crewmember on Falklands

Gaining legendary status during its 40-year career, RAF Chinook HC6A ‘Bravo November’ first saw action in the Falklands War. Former crewmember Tom Jones recounts his experience of the conflict

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Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

An interesting snapshot, from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was ramping up aircrew throughput to populate the growing Tornado GR.1 force

The Last Lightning Show at Binbrook

RAF BINBROOK – AUGUST 22, 1987 Brian Hodgson recalls an historic event that was a fitting farewell to the charismatic Lightning, despite rain and low cloud.

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Thailand retires PC-9 trainers after 30 years of ops

After more than 30 years of operational service, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bid a fond farewell to its fleet of Pilatus PC-9 single-engine, tandem-seat training aircraft during a retirement ceremony at the RTAF Flying Training School at Kamphaeng Saen Air Base on February 2

Wisconsin ANG's 'Badger Air Militia' embarks on first F-35A training deployment

A number of F-35A Lightning IIs and more than 150 airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 115th Fighter Wing (FW) – which is home-based at Truax Field ANGB in Madison – completed the Weapons System Evaluation Program’s (WSEP’s) Exercise Combat Archer at Tyndall AFB, Florida, on February 23

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Ukraine claims it shot down 13 Russian military jets in February

As of February 29, the Ukrainian Air Force (UkrAF) has claimed to have shot down a total of 13 Russian military fixed-wing aircraft since January 30, marking the highest number of Russian military jet losses in a single month and the greatest increase in results for Ukraine’s anti-air operations since October 2022

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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.

First A350-1000 for JAL

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) first Airbus A350-1000 has arrived in Tokyo.

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Cathay Cargo adds A350F

The Cathay Group has ordered six new Airbus A350Fs to join the airline’s cargo division, Cathay Cargo, with the right to acquire 20 more aircraft.

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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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Flight Simulation

Pau Pyrenees Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

France VFR has announced LFBP Pau Pyrenees Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Barcelona for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aerosoft has announced Barcelona Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Puerto Vallarta Airport for Tower! Simulator 3 now available

The latest airport addition to Tower! Simulator 3 is MMPR Puerto Vallarta Airport in Mexico.

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The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

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