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Historic

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The 'Bucc' stops here: inside stories of the RAF's last Buccaneer days

Thirty years on, we recall the final service days of the ‘last British bomber’

Chipmunk pair find new homes in Belgium

Two DHC Chipmunks are under new ownership in Belgium

Shuttleworth to start season with a belter

Fury biplane among stars lined up for Best of British show

Historic '9/11' Cessna for USAF museum

Ex-Civil Air Patrol 172 becomes latest exhibit at Wright-Patterson

Historic Aviation Quiz: The Vulcan Edition

The mighty Avro Vulcan - how much do you know about the world-famous delta?

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Military

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Bahrain’s first F-16C/D Block 70s on delivery

The first three F-16C/D Block 70 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters for the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) departed Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Greenville, South Carolina, on their delivery flight to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain, on March 6.

‘Bats’ complete final EC-130H sortie

The USAF’s 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) ‘Bats’ – a part of Air Combat Command’s 55th Electronic Combat Group (ECG) – marked a major milestone in its transition to the new Gulfstream G550-based EA-37B Compass Call electronic attack (EA) aircraft on February 15, when the unit completed its final flight with the legacy EC-130H Compass Call (pictured) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

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First German KC-130J heads to Évreux

The Luftwaffe’s (German Air Force’s) first KC-130J Hercules (55+05) departed Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Marietta, Georgia, on February 28 on its delivery flight to Évreux-Fauville Air Base (BA105), France, where it will join the Franco-German Bilateral Air Transport Squadron (BATS).

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Commercial

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Qantas welcomes Airbus A220

Qantas introduced the carrier’s first two Airbus A220-300s on March 1, 2024. The carrier’s QantasLink subsidiary operated aircraft, VH-X4A (c/n 55253) and VH-X4B (c/n 55269), from Melbourne to Canberra and Brisbane.

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Sikorsky to flight-test HEX

Sikorsky plans to flight-test a distinctive new aircraft called HEX – a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) demonstrator with a tilt-wing.

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C919 goes on tour

The COMAC C919 airliner, China’s equivalent of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, travelled beyond its home country for the first time in February 2024 as the manufacturer began a sales tour.

KLM tweaks livery for A321neo arrival

Dutch flag carrier KLM has unveiled a livery update for its incoming Airbus A321neo fleet.

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50 years of British Airways

It is 50 years since British Airways in its current guise was created by the merger of BOAC and BEA. Bernie Baldwin takes a look at events since then and what the airline has in store

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Flight Simulation

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iniBuilds’ Leeds Bradford Airport (EGNM)

In this review, we travel to the north of England and explore iniBuilds' rendition of Lees Bradford Airport, located in the heart of Yorkshire.

Palm Beach for Microsoft Flight Simulator

BMWorld and AmSim have released KPBI Palm Beach International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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iniBuilds’ OMDB Dubai International reviewed

Yet again, prolific scenery developer iniBuilds has released another major airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This time, we travel to Dubai and explore its superb rendition of this iconic destination.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

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."

Wings Over Whiteman 2024 Air and Space Show

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Whiteman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Meeting Aérien ‘Le Temps des Hélices’

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La Ferté-Alais, France

The event website states: "Every morning, the public can get closer to the planes via the static exhibition and interact with the pilots and mechanics...The afternoon is specially dedicated to flight presentations with a show lasting more than 5 hours including around a hundred aircraft flying in the skies of Essonne. The show unfolds through thematic scenes the history of aeronautics, from the time of the pioneers to the latest generation of civil and military aircraft."