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Historic

Recognition for International Bomber Command Centre volunteers

Late last year, volunteers at the IBCC project in Lincolnshire were awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Services

Air Festival returns to the Midlands this summer

From May 31 to June 2, Midlands Air Festival will return to Ragley Hall estate in Warwickshire – with a pyrotechnic finale planned

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Keeping the Vulcan ‘howl’ alive… but how do you do it?

Jamie Ewan dropped in on the Vulcan Restoration Trust to get an update on Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, now that the revered jet is in a new hangar at London’s Southend Airport

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Brooklands Valiant cockpit restoration

Brooklands Museum’s Matthew Haswell explained in the November 2016 issue of FlyPast how volunteers were rejuvenating a Valiant cockpit

A day with Handley Page Victor XM715

Darren Harbar spent a day at Bruntingthorpe with the dedicated team that keeps XM715 alive and recounted it in the February 2016 issue of FlyPast 

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Military

Operation Desert Storm: RAF Jaguars over the Gulf

Key.Aero charts the formidable efforts of the Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar Detachment during the 1991 Gulf War

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Interview RAF fighter force commander

The RAF’s fighter force – the tip of the force’s spear, or Combat Air as it’s officially known – is heading into arguably its busiest ever period. Alan Warnes talks with the commander, Air Commodore Howard ‘Howey’ Edwards, about just how hectic this year has been

RAF’s 6 Sqn opts for more traditional squadron badge for Typhoons

Eurofighter Typhoons of 6 Squadron ‘The Flying Can Openers’, based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, have started wearing a different style unit badge.

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Commercial

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PBA - The New England airline that loved the Dakota

Barry Lloyd details the lengthy career of the DC-3 with US carrier Provincetown-Boston Airline (PBA).

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Air Inuit – serving the high latitudes

Chris Sloan caught up with Air Inuit’s CEO at its state-of-the-art headquarters at Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International Airport for a deep dive into an airline like no other

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easyJet looks ahead to an even brighter future

After being forced to transform its business as demand for air travel slumped during the pandemic, easyJet is now growing on all fronts. Tom Batchelor looks at the airline’s plans to expand and upgauge its fleet, launch fresh routes and open a new UK base.

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Finnair CEO reveals future plans

Thomas Haynes charts the first century of the Finnish flag carrier and speaks to its CEO, Topi Manner, about plans for its second

Ultimate festive commercial aviation quiz!

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas, one and all! Santa is currently loading up his sleigh, ready to soar around the world, deliver those presents, and provide some festive joy! While we wait, why not test your knowledge in our Ultimate Festive Commercial Aviation quiz?

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 12

After learning about and practising key IFR flying skills, we now focus on one of the most commonly used and yet often poorly flown navigation aids – the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

Thurrock Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, Burning Blue Design has announced EGMT Thurrock Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Flight Adventure: The Antonov An-225 Mriya

Who would have expected that an aircraft where only one single example was ever built would cause aviation enthusiasts to gather by the thousands wherever it flew, to simply watch it land and take off? This time, our Flight Adventure examines the gargantuan Antonov An-225 Mriya.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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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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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."

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".