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What did Roland Beamont make of the Fw 190?

Joining the Tactics Branch of the Central Fighter Establishment at Tangmere in 1945, Roland Beamont reacquainted himself with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190. In an article first published in the August 1993 issue of Aeroplane, the famed test pilot recalled how it matched up to its Allied opposition

Newark Auster being re-covered

Significant progress with restoration of Army air observation post

Super Pinto changes hands – it will fly with the CAF

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced the latest addition to its collection – former US Navy Temco TT-1 Pinto N4486L

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Aeroplane February 2024

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Stuka is subject of ambitious return-to-flight project

The Hudson, Massachusetts-based American Heritage Museum has acquired the substantial remains of a former Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87 D-5 Stuka – and wants to return it to the skies

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Combat Aircraft Journal March 2024

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ITPS rolls out Advanced Controls Evaluator

The International Test Pilots School (ITPS) held its 11th annual Flight Test Seminar just before Christmas at its home-base at London International Airport, Canada. The highlight of the event, which was attended by more than 150 guests from international industry and air forces, was the rollout of the Advanced Controls Evaluator (ACE) – a highly modified and substantially upgraded Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros that features a fly-by-wire, four-axis variable stability system and in-flight simulation capability

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Ecuador to hand over Russian-made Mi-171 Hip fleet to the US

Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa announced that his government will transfer its Russian-made military equipment – including anti-aircraft systems and transport helicopters – to the US, which will then be exchanged for new materiel

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Commercial

VIDEO: Former BA captain Jock Lowe talks Concorde

On the 45th anniversary of Concorde’s first scheduled flight, Key.Aero caught up with Jock Lowe, the longest-serving pilot of the supersonic airliner and British Airways’ former director of flight operations

Aeroitalia expands regional presence with Air Connect deal

Aeroitalia has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 93.86% shareholding of Romania’s Air Connect.

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Your essential 2023 Dubai Airshow debrief

Dubai Airshow 2023 produced some interesting aircraft orders – maybe not for the numbers, but for the stories behind them. Richard Schuurman reports from the UAE

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Norse Atlantic makes historic Antarctic Dreamliner landing

Norse Atlantic Airways has made history by operating the first-ever landing of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Antarctica.

New premium cabins for Boeing BBJ 737

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has revealed that it has developed pre-designed cabin layouts for its 737-7 jet.

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Flight Simulation

Learjet 35A enters Early Access

Aircraft developer Flysimware has released the Learjet 35A for Microsoft Flight Simulator in Early Access.

A300-600R lands in Microsoft Flight Simulator

iniBuilds has released the Airbus A300-600R for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

iniBuilds releases Dubai Airport for MSFS

The iniBuilds team has announced Dubai International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

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."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

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."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford Flying Evening

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The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."