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Historic

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How the RAF took the Harrier into the field

The Harrier Field Force was a revolutionary concept for the Cold War RAF, yet despite its birth pangs, it soon evolved into an unrivalled capability. We spoke to the man who, more than anyone else, made it so

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Aviation News March 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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74 Sqn and the Lightning F.3

Tony Clay describes the Lightning F.3 and its time with the RAF’s famous ‘Tigers’, 74 Squadron

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TSR2: The greatest aircraft the RAF never flew?

Arguably the most controversial aircraft in British history, the TSR2 still has the power to divide opinion. Was it rightly cancelled or a missed opportunity? In the January 2017 issue of Aviation News, Dr Kevin Wright weighed up the arguments.

Last Blackburn Beverley to be saved

Final complete example of post-war RAF airlifter rescued from uncertain future by museum announcement

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Military

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Turkey’s first fifth-gen Kaan fighter takes flight

Turkey’s first domestically developed manned combat aircraft – which is now dubbed the Kaan (formerly known as the TF-X) – graced the skies for the first time on February 21, when it completed its maiden flight from Akinci Air Base near Ankara

US Navy surges Greyhounds to cover CMV-22B capability gap

The fatal crash of a USAF CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor off the coast of Japan on November 29, 2023, led to an extended fleet-wide grounding, severely impacting US Navy carrier operations as the CMV-22B was increasingly being used for logistics and resupply duties in its new carrier onboard delivery (COD) role

RAF Voyagers on patrol

An article from the AirForces Monthly Yearbook 2024, where Alan Warnes interviews the Officer Commanding of 101 Sqn about the increased taskings of the RAF’s Voyagers since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine

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Commercial

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BA CityFlyer set to return to a London airport

London City-based BA CityFlyer is to make a return to London/Stansted in May 2024, its first operation at the facility in four years.

Spirit takeover blocked

JETBLUE’S $3.8bn bid to buy rival Spirit Airlines has been blocked by William Young, a US district judge in Boston, on anti-competitive grounds.

All change at Abha Airport

​The Saudi Arabian government plans to expand Abha International airport. Investors and airport operating companies have been invited to bid for concessions to the country’s airport operator, Matarat, to develop and run the facility for 30 years.

Capacity increase for MC-21

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency has approved an increase in capacity for the Yakolev MC-21, Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced. The new ruling, granted by Rosaviatsia on December 26, will see the permitted number of passengers rise from 175 to 211.

New owners for Edinburgh airport?

Scotland's Busiest airport – Edinburgh, could soon be under new ownership after New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) hired HSBC and JP Morgan banks to run an auction for its sale.

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Flight Simulation

Dune expansion pack for MSFS released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced the Dune expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a free download.

Nice Cote D'azur Airport - NG Series for MSFS

JustSim has released a new product line dubbed the NG Series, offering highly realistic and detailed models of airports and the surrounding areas.

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Microsoft’s Famous Flyer 7: Mitsubishi MU-2 review

The Mitsubishi MU-2 has earned a reputation for its speed and versatility, as well as being one of Japan’s most successful post-war era aircraft. We take a closer look at iniBuilds rendition of this high-performance twin for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

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 Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow