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Historic

Lancaster wing and nose swapped at East Kirkby

Work is continuing at the home of 'Just Jane' in Lincolnshire to keep the aircraft taxiable while also working towards returning it to the skies

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Review of the new film ‘The Shamrock Spitfire’

Review by Tom Allett, Editor of FlyPast magazine

Newark Air Museum outlines restoration aims for 2024

The Nottinghamshire attraction will be focusing on two Avro airframes (among several others) and will also repaint their Hunter T7 into a Blue Diamonds scheme

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Red Arrows fly with Gnat to mark 60th anniversary

A Folland Gnat has recently flown in formation with the RAF’s Red Arrows to help mark the team’s 60th display season

‘Baby’ Draken refurbished as full-size example loaned to new museum

Unique Saab 210 Draken set to emerge from restoration in Linköping

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Military

USAF scales back Grey Wolf acquisition plans

The USAF has scaled back its fielding plans for the MH-139A Grey Wolf multi-mission helicopter, reducing the size of the planned fleet by nearly 50%

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Special 50th anniversary Tornado scheme unveiled

A German Air Force Panavia Tornado IDS has been painted in a special scheme to mark the 50th anniversary of the aircraft type’s first flight.

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The aircraft type you (probably) didn’t know the RAF flies

Those well-versed on the RAF may think they know all the aircraft types flown by the service, but there may be one which has evaded their attention lurking in deepest Nottinghamshire.

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Commercial

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Your essential Singapore Airshow 2024 debrief

Nigel Pittaway reports from Changi on the major moves and deals to come out of the biennial Singapore Airshow

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UK planespotting highlights for February 2024

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

ULTIMATE AMERICAN AIRLINES FLEET QUIZ!

Following the announcement earlier this week that American Airlines had placed an order for 260 new narrowbody and regional aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, for this week’s quiz, we thought we’d test your knowledge of the US carrier’s fleet past and present. Good luck!

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Aviation News April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format puts the spotlight on the Polaris Program to provide a world exclusive on the fast jet fleet behind private spaceflight’s most ambitious mission

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New airline takes off in Tehran

Iran gained another air carrier in early February when AVA Airlines commenced operations.

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Flight Simulation

London Control update

An updated version of the London Control air traffic control simulator, produced by Dale McLoughlin at DM Aviation, is now available.

Aerofly FS 4 development update

IPACS has announced the 737 MAX for Aerofly FS 4 is now available. The aircraft follows the 737NG, released in November last year.

P-47D Razorback ready for take-off

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Republic P-47D Razorback for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

CFB Trenton - Quinte International Air Show 2024

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Trenton, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

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."

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."