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Historic

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Should rare and historic aircraft be allowed to fly?

Pilot Dave Unwin assesses the pros and cons of allowing historic aircraft to continue flying

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Slovak museum adds MiG-29 Fulcrum

The Slovakian Military History Museum (SMHM) in Piešťany has added Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum 5304 to its collection

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Last operational Belgian Starfighter on display at B&B

At Bilzen, Belgium, 20-odd miles north of Liège, Luc Degens has completed restoration of the last Lockheed F-104G Starfighter to fly with the Belgian Air Force, serial FX99 (c/n 9172).

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Mi-24 Hind restored by Czech museum

Former Czech Air Force Mil Mi-24D Hind ‘0220’ has undergone a complete restoration to virtually as new condition in the Czech Republic.

Demoiselle replica goes on show in Finland

A full-scale replica Demoiselle No 20 recently went on display at the Tuulonen shopping centre, between the cities of Tampere and Lahti, next to the historic Douglas DC-2

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Military

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AirForces Monthly August 2024

August 2024 issue of AirForces Monthly in page-turning format sees Jon Lake discussing the issues surrounding RAF combat air and the enigma that is the F-35B

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Aviation News August 2024

August 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format turns the spotlight towards the forthcoming Farnborough Airshow and sees Mark Broadbent battling through a wilderness of jargon to explain how to place an aircraft order

Spartan testbed trials MAFFS II

Leonardo’s C-27J Spartan testbed (CSX62127) is seen here returning to its home base at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on May 30 after spending several weeks at Taranto-Grottaglie Airport in southern Italy, where it performed tests with the type’s new aerial firefighting system, the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II (MAFFS II).

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Commercial

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Gulfstream G700 deliveries begin

Gulfstream Aerospace announced on April 24 that customer deliveries of its new G700 business jet have now commenced.

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easyJet to return to London Southend Airport

EasyJet will reopen its base at London/Southend in March 2025, five years after it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relaunch will see the airline position three Airbus A320neos at the site.

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IAG shifts A321XLR debut to Iberia

Iberia will be the first operator of the Airbus A321XLR. The Spanish carrier said it expects its initial example of the new long-range A321neo variant “later this summer”.

IATA Airline Codes Quiz

Test your knowledge of IATA two-letter airline codes

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Sir Richard Branson’s reflections on 40 years of Virgin Atlantic

Exclusively for Airliner World, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, describes in his own words why the carrier has not just survived but thrived over the last four decades

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Flight Simulation

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iniBuilds’ A300-600R review

The wide-body design and the use of modern materials put the Airbus A300 on the cutting edge of 1970s technology. We take a closer look at iniBuilds rendition of this high-performance airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Maxx Tech’s HOTAS Pro Flight Combo Kit

In this review, we take a look at Maxx Tech’s first hardware controller designed specifically for flight simulation. Dubbed the HOTAS Flight Combo Kit, the unit consists of a flight stick and a throttle quadrant aimed at the beginner/intermediary flight simulation enthusiast.

RJ Professional development update

Following the release of the 146 Professional Version 2, Just Flight has unveiled a new development update for the upcoming RJ Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Established in 1977, the airshow returns in 2024 for its 44th edition.

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days

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Mošnov, Czechia

The event website states: "The main programme, taking place at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, features heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces’ training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units."