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Historic

Vintage airshow coming to Compton Abbas

Aero Legends are teaming up with the Wiltshire airfield to stage The Golden Age Of Aviation Airshow this August

Recognition for International Bomber Command Centre volunteers

Late last year, volunteers at the IBCC project in Lincolnshire were awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Services

Air Festival returns to the Midlands this summer

From May 31 to June 2, Midlands Air Festival will return to Ragley Hall estate in Warwickshire – with a pyrotechnic finale planned

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Keeping the Vulcan ‘howl’ alive… but how do you do it?

Jamie Ewan dropped in on the Vulcan Restoration Trust to get an update on Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, now that the revered jet is in a new hangar at London’s Southend Airport

A day with Handley Page Victor XM715

Darren Harbar spent a day at Bruntingthorpe with the dedicated team that keeps XM715 alive and recounted it in the February 2016 issue of FlyPast 

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Military

USAF’s final WC-135R arrives at Offutt AFB

The 45th Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) – a component of the USAF’s 55th Wing – received its third and final WC-135R Constant Phoenix (64-14829/OF) when the aircraft touched down at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on December 4, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Taiwan’s ‘Vipers’ gain US codes in Arizona

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF)-operated F-16V Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 21st Fighter Squadron ‘Gamblers’ at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona – which are used for the training of Taiwanese F-16 pilots and maintainers – have started to apply removable US serial numbers and insignia, as well as the Morris ANGB-affiliated ‘AZ’ tailcodes to the newly delivered jets.

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RAF Typhoon combat debut over Libya

In the September 2011 issue of Aviation News, Jon Lake reported on how the RAF’s Typhoons were fairing in combat missions over Libya.

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Commercial

The ultimate airline start-ups quiz!

Try your hand at this week’s quiz which focuses on airline start-ups!

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PBA - The New England airline that loved the Dakota

Barry Lloyd details the lengthy career of the DC-3 with US carrier Provincetown-Boston Airline (PBA).

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Air Inuit – serving the high latitudes

Chris Sloan caught up with Air Inuit’s CEO at its state-of-the-art headquarters at Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International Airport for a deep dive into an airline like no other

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easyJet looks ahead to an even brighter future

After being forced to transform its business as demand for air travel slumped during the pandemic, easyJet is now growing on all fronts. Tom Batchelor looks at the airline’s plans to expand and upgauge its fleet, launch fresh routes and open a new UK base.

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Finnair CEO reveals future plans

Thomas Haynes charts the first century of the Finnish flag carrier and speaks to its CEO, Topi Manner, about plans for its second

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Flight Simulation

East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12

Orbx has announced EGNX East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12 is out now.

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Heatblur and IndiaFoxtEcho’s F-14 Tomcat review

The aircraft under review evolved from the popular DCS: F-14, designed by Heatblur Simulations. This time, they have joined forces with developer IndiaFoxtEcho to bring the F-14 to the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 12

After learning about and practising key IFR flying skills, we now focus on one of the most commonly used and yet often poorly flown navigation aids – the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

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Upcoming Events

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."

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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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."