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Historic

Mosquito veteran Flt Lt Colin Bell celebrates 103rd birthday

Celebrating his 103rd birthday on Tuesday 5 March, Flt Lt Colin Bell shows no sign of slowing down as he looks back over an action-packed year

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Night terrors – Luftwaffe onslaught

Twelve US bombers were lost during a 30-minute onslaught by Luftwaffe night intruders. Ian McLachlan describes the Americans’ ordeal 

Restored Bücker ready to fly in Spain

An example of the CASA-built version of the famous trainer is ready for flight

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NATO AIRPOWER: THE FIRST 20 YEARS

Andrew Thomas reviews air power during the first 20 years of NATO’s existence

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Who was the first to fly over Everest?

High Flyers: The landmark first flight over Mount Everest was made 91 years ago, decades before it was climbed…

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Military

Carl Vinson completes first Indo-Pacific deployment with Block III Super Hornets

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) – the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) – returned to its homeport at NAS North Island in San Diego, California, on February 23, after completing a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific region and marking the end of the first operational cruise for the service’s new F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornets

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Brazil bids fond farewell to legacy Hercules fleet

The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB; Brazilian Air Force) bid a fond farewell to its remaining C-130 Hercules tactical transports at Galeão Air Base (AB) in Rio de Janeiro on February 29, with the type having flown more than 377,000 operational flight hours over the past 60 years

Singapore to buy eight more Lightning IIs

Singapore will acquire eight examples of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)-configured F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter to supplement the 12 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable F-35Bs it has already purchased

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Commercial

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Boeing 737 MAX – One step forward, two steps back?

At the end of 2023, the Boeing 737 MAX appeared to have turned a corner, regaining the trust of airlines and passengers alike after two high-profile accidents. Then there was the Alaska Airlines incident in January 2024. In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News Mark Broadbent reports the latest developments

Take-off boost for A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is to undergo a series of performance enhancements that will increase its take-off weight by around 2.6 tonnes.

Bound for Brisbane

American Airlines is launching new services from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane, Australia, in October using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky.

United support for SAF

Air New Zealand and Embraer are among the companies to have joined the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, an effort to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investments in start-ups.

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Cincinnati

Scenery developer FeelThere has released Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. 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."