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Historic

The genius who built his first aircraft at the age of 20

On July 21 1919, Anthony Fokker registered the Dutch Aircraft Factory. He and his company would have a huge influence on 20th-century aviation

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How the Spitfire Accidentally Invented Crowdfunding

It has always been an aircraft loved by the people. But thanks to a scheme that was way ahead of its time, the Spitfire was funded by them, too…

The P-51 Mustang

The P-51 Mustang first flew 80 years ago and became one of World War Two’s most famous aircraft. Watch some fantastic video of the Mustang in action – including incredible footage from the 1940s

The 5 Greatest Allied Bombers of World War Two

The Second World War saw the extensive use of bomber aircraft on both sides of the conflict. The Allies fielded a bewildering number of light, medium and heavy bombers – with some more successful than others…

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Aviation News August 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

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Military

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Italy’s border patrol force enters a new era of operations

Having recently acquired a host of new aircraft, Italy’s border patrol force – the Guardia di Finanza – has entered a new era of operations, as it continues to fight crime and provide support for a number of activities throughout the country. We take a closer look

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DARPA completes unmanned flight with Black Hawk

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed the first ever flight of an unmanned Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter using its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System

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Kuwait Air Force finally equips itself with the Eurofighter Typhoon

With the delivery of its first two Eurofighters last December, the Kuwait Air Force is finally equipping itself with the most advanced multi-role fighter to date. We explore the deal

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Commercial

Expansion takes off

Simon Murdoch reports from the fast-growing London Southend Airport

Aviation safety – theory and practice

Simon Bennett provides an overview of aviation safety...

First Air Canada A220 Rolls Out Paint Shop

The Canadian flag carrier is set to take delivery of its first airframe next month with 45 on order.

New Icelandic Airline PLAY to Launch

Just over seven months after Iceland’s WOW Air collapsed, the country’s newest airline is beginning to take shape, having confirmed it will be called PLAY.

Thomas Cooks Slots Snapped Up

Two British low-cost airlines have secured landing slots at several UK airports previously held by collapsed travel operator, Thomas Cook.

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Flight Simulation

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Baron’s Combat Corner: Part One

Falcon – A History of a classic combat flight simulation

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DCS: F-14 Tomcat

Is this the best module ever produced for DCS World?

New aircraft for Bodenplatte incoming

Following the release of the latest update of IL-2 Sturmovik...

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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."

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 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."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

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."