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Historic

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American museums open as restrictions are eased

The Planes of Fame Air Museum was among several US attractions...

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Creating a new Aero Legend

Kent flying experience company Aero Legends has an exciting new restoration project – and you can get involved!

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FIGHTING Sparrowhawk

Savoia-Marchetti S.79   No 20The Savoia-Marchetti S.79 tri-motor...

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‘The Big Fella’

Inside Stories MICHAEL COLLINS’ AIRCRAFTOne hundred years...

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Mystery Meteor unit identified

Regarding the photograph of ten Gloster Meteors in April’s...

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Military

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Putin’s War in Ukraine: A Strategic Nightmare?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has enabled evaluation of its strategy against the popular US ‘Five Rings’ theory. AirForces Monthly examines how well the missile-dominated effort has contributed to Moscow’s integrated war campaign

New nuclear weapon tactic tested on B-2A Spirit stealth bomber

A US Air Force B-2A Spirit stealth bomber has released a B61-12 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) utilizing a new capability known as the Radar Aided Targeting System (RATS) during a capstone test at the Tonopah Test Range, Nevada.

First WC-135R Constant Phoenix delivered to the 55th Wing

L3Harris Technologies has delivered the first of three former KC-135R Stratotankers that are being converted to the WC-135R Constant Phoenix configuration for the USAF

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Commercial

How many airlines still use the Sukhoi Superjet?

The Russian-made jet was billed as being the perfect regional jet but nearly a decade after it first entered service, it doesn’t appear to have lived up to expectations

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

Back by popular demand, this week we're testing your airline recognition skills! Can you identify these carriers based upon these cropped livery segments?

Could Trump Shuttle make a comeback?

With a little more time on his hands should his legal challenge to overturn the US election result fail, could the airline Donald Trump owned in the early 1990s remerge nearly 30 years since it disappeared from the skies above New York?

Don’t start training to become a pilot now, says BALPA

The union has taken the unprecedented step of warning prospective pilots to think twice before beginning training

FAA restricts airspace over Biden’s hometown

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary ‘no-fly zone’ over Wilmington, Delaware – the hometown of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as he moves closer to securing the election victory

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Flight Simulation

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Just Hight’s Air Hauler2

Air Hauler has existed in various incarnations since Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and had an initial release for X-Plane 9 in 2011. With version 2 now available, the large community of X-Plane 11 users are now able to explore the Air Hauler world. Read the full review here.

Thrustmaster’s TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

We take a look at the TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, the first controller in the TCA product line that marked Thrustmaster's entry into the civil flight simulation market.

Flight Simulators Limited merges with RC Simulations

Flight Simulators Limited has announced the purchase/merger with RC Simulations.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

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."

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."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."