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Historic

Bessie Coleman Feature Premium

100 years since first African-American Female Pilot

After learning to fly in France, Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman became a renowned stunt pilot at airshows across the United States

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Pictures from France Field

In the late 1920s the small air service field adjacent to the Panama Canal hosted the likes of Charles Lindbergh and the Pan American Goodwill Flight. Bill Cahill shares pictures from the collection of CWO Lawrence Rush

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Fiddler on the Roof (of the world)

As the Tupolev Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’ celebrates 60 years, Sérgio Santana describes the type’s operation from a pilot’s perspective

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White Waltham to give customers a flight in a Harvard alongside Hawker Hurricane R4118

An exciting opportunity at White Waltham will give customers a flight in a Harvard alongside Hawker Hurricane R4118. Darren Harbar visited the airfield to witness the first test of this new proposition

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Kings of the Air

Andrew Thomas reflects on the long and gallant service of 36 Squadron, an RAF unit that literally fought to the last man

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Military

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Behind-the-scenes on Italy's third F-35A rotation in Iceland

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the Aeronautic Militare’s deployment of four F-35As Lightnings to Keflavik Air Base in Iceland for the third time

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US State Department approves German F-35A purchase

In a further step towards Germany’s purchase of the F-35A, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on July 28 that US State Department approval had been granted for the proposed Foreign Military Sale to the German government of F-35 aircraft, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4bn.

USSOCOM orders up to 75 AT-802U Sky Wardens for Armed Overwatch duty

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded a contract worth up to $3bn to L3 Communications Integrated Systems for procurement of up to 75 Air Tractor AT-802U Sky Warden aircraft, in support of the Armed Overwatch programme

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Commercial

First 737 MAX delivery since grounding revealed

Breaking a 20-month hiatus, Boeing handed over its maiden MAX since the type’s grounding

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Which airlines are still using the Airbus A340?

Following last week’s news that SAS completed its accelerated retirement programme for its A340 fleet, Key.Aero investigates how many airlines continue to operate the quadjet

Emirates takes delivery of first A380 in 12 months

The Middle Eastern carrier has accepted its 116th superjumbo after a year of no deliveries

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Airliner World January 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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QUIZ: How well do you know your retro liveries - Part 2

Back by popular demand - this week's Commerical Aviation quiz focuses on the liveries of yesteryear and tests your knowledge of paint schemes which adorned some of the world's largest airlines

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Flight Simulation

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Aircraft

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Microsoft Flight Simulator - A new beginning

Microsoft Flight Simulator is arguably one of the most anticipated flight simulators released to date. It is ground-breaking in terms of design, sporting a new cutting-edge graphics engine while streaming satellite data from Bing Maps to bring us almost a true-to-life representation of the planet...

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Interview - DC Designs’ Concorde

DC Designs, in partnership with Just Flight, recently announced that it was developing the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde as an add-on aircraft. Thomas Haynes spoke to Dean Crawford, founder of DC Designs, to find out more.

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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."