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Historic

Mosquito veteran Flt Lt Colin Bell celebrates 103rd birthday

Celebrating his 103rd birthday on Tuesday 5 March, Flt Lt Colin Bell shows no sign of slowing down as he looks back over an action-packed year

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Night terrors – Luftwaffe onslaught

Twelve US bombers were lost during a 30-minute onslaught by Luftwaffe night intruders. Ian McLachlan describes the Americans’ ordeal 

Restored Bücker ready to fly in Spain

An example of the CASA-built version of the famous trainer is ready for flight

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NATO AIRPOWER: THE FIRST 20 YEARS

Andrew Thomas reviews air power during the first 20 years of NATO’s existence

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Who was the first to fly over Everest?

High Flyers: The landmark first flight over Mount Everest was made 91 years ago, decades before it was climbed…

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Military

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Behind the scenes insights from RIAT’s Head of Air Ops

What can we expect from the next Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford? And what is involved in securing participation for the world’s largest military airshow? Mark Broadbent finds out in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

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Davis-Monthan AFB bids fond farewell to first ‘Warthog’

In line with the USAF’s plan to retire its entire fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft within the next three-to-five years, the 355th Wing (WG) has withdrawn its first ‘Warthog’ from operational use at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, which shares an almost 50-year history with the type

New Zealand considers axing Super Seasprite helicopter fleet

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is reportedly considering a move to axe its eight-strong fleet of SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-role maritime helicopters as part of a 6.5% cut in defence spending – equivalent to NZ$150m (US$91.23m) – that has been requested by the New Zealand government

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Commercial

ULTIMATE ONEWORLD ALLIANCE QUIZ!

On February 1, the Oneworld alliance celebrated its 25th anniversary. In honour of this milestone for this week’s quiz we test your knowledge of one of the world’s premium airline alliances. Best of luck!

Southwest Airlines - how it pioneered the low-cost model

In a recent Key Publishing special magazine on low-cost carriers, Gordon Smith explores Southwest Airlines path to success with special insights from the late Herb Kelleher

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Boeing 737 MAX – One step forward, two steps back?

At the end of 2023, the Boeing 737 MAX appeared to have turned a corner, regaining the trust of airlines and passengers alike after two high-profile accidents. Then there was the Alaska Airlines incident in January 2024. In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News Mark Broadbent reports the latest developments

Take-off boost for A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is to undergo a series of performance enhancements that will increase its take-off weight by around 2.6 tonnes.

Bound for Brisbane

American Airlines is launching new services from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane, Australia, in October using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

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Flight Simulation

Manchester Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer TaiModels has released EGCC Manchester International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fenix Simulations releases the A320 Block 2 update

Fenix Simulations has announced the A320 Block 2 update for the Airbus A320-200 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Toolbar Pushback Pro out now

Aerosoft has announced Toolbar Pushback Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

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 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 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".