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Historic

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DATABASE: Saab 37 Viggen Development

How neutral Sweden developed its most advanced aircraft yet...

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de Havilland 100: MacRobertson race Rapide

Think of de Havilland
aircraft in 1934’s MacRobertson International Air Race from England to Australia...

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Aeroplane meets... Ted Inman

IWM Duxford’s instrumental, influential former director...

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DATABASE: Saab 37 Viggen Insights

An experienced Viggen pilot gives his impressions of the Swedish fighter...

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de Havilland 100: Hornets in Malaya

The initial conception of the de Havilland Hornet as a Pacific theatre fighter seemed distant...

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Military

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What we know so far about Sikorsky's Raider X helicopter

Following our coverage last month of Bell’s 360 Invictus offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programme, Khalem Chapman details the platform’s competitive rival, which comes in the form of Sikorsky’s Raider X light attack/scout helicopter

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Inside Travis AFB: Gateway to the Pacific

In light of Air Mobility Command’s outstanding work during the evacuation of Kabul, Scott Cuong Tran and Nick Tran visited its busiest hub, Travis AFB in California, to find out how the US provides effective global transport

Thai F-16A ADF Fighting Falcon written-off in crash

A Lockheed Martin F-16A-15 ADF Fighting Falcon belonging to the Royal Thai Air Force was written-off after it crashed in the Chatturat district of Thailand’s Chaiyaphum province at approximately 1340hrs (local time) on March 8

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Commercial

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Stranded in a Soviet time capsule

Bernd Sturm reflects on a trip to the land that time forgot...

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2020 UK & Ireland Airlines Guide

Charting the highs and lows of a dramatic year for aviation....

Still Up in the Air?

Will the development of a controversial third runway at Heathrow happen? Will capacity issues be resolved? Mark Broadbent considers the latest on the decades-long UK airport expansion saga.

Flybe Collapse: Fleet Fallout

Martin Needham provides an overview of the Flybe fleet before crunching the big data to establish where the company’s grounded aircraft are currently located.

Flybe Collapse: Reaction from Westminster and Beyond

Flybe’s collapse has prompted mixed response from the UK government, unions and investors. We review the key comment and insight from this emerging story.

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Flight Simulation

Active Sky Upgraded

HiFi Technologies has released several updates to the Active Sky weather expansion for X-Plane, Prepar3D and FSX.

Fly the Maddog X New Version Released

Leonardo Software has officially released version 1.5b493 of Fly the Maddog X for Prepar3D version 4.4 and 4.5.

Tomahawk for Aerofly FS 2 in Development

Following on from the release of the PA-38 Tomahawk for FSX/Prepar3D and X-Plane, Just Flight has announced the aircraft is now in development for Aerofly FS 2.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

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 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."

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."