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Historic

Egyptian Bestmann treasures arrive in Europe

German enthusiast Ernest Mika has acquired around 20 Bücker 181 Bestmanns originally built under license in Egypt 

Privateer taking shape in Michigan

Staff at the Yankee Air Museum are making steady progress on their restoration of the four-engined giant

Home needed for B-17 ‘Swamp Ghost’ artefacts

Following a recent estate settlement, several artefacts from Boeing B-17E 41-2446, the aircraft nicknamed ‘Swamp Ghost’, need a new home

Viking completed for US carrier display

The USS Yorktown Foundation has completed restoration of Lockheed S-3B Viking 159731

Historic Aviation Quiz - Aviation firsts

Test your knowledge of aviation firsts in this week's historic quiz...

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Military

Carl Vinson completes first Indo-Pacific deployment with Block III Super Hornets

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) – the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) – returned to its homeport at NAS North Island in San Diego, California, on February 23, after completing a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific region and marking the end of the first operational cruise for the service’s new F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornets

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Brazil bids fond farewell to legacy Hercules fleet

The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB; Brazilian Air Force) bid a fond farewell to its remaining C-130 Hercules tactical transports at Galeão Air Base (AB) in Rio de Janeiro on February 29, with the type having flown more than 377,000 operational flight hours over the past 60 years

Singapore to buy eight more Lightning IIs

Singapore will acquire eight examples of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)-configured F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter to supplement the 12 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable F-35Bs it has already purchased

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Commercial

Aeroflot’s fleet settlements continue

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has finalised further insurance claims with leasing companies for seven more aircraft.

International return for Tu-214

Russian carrier Red Wings has placed its restored Tupolev Tu-214 into service on international flights.

Take off for Air Astana IPO

Kazakhstan's flag carrier Air Astana has begun trading on the London Stock Exchange and Astana International Exchange (AIX).

ULTIMATE ANSETT AUSTRALIA QUIZ!

February 17 marks the anniversary of the formation of Ansett Australia in 1936. Based in Melbourne, the airline survived for 65 years before collapsing in 2001 (and then again in 2002). So this week, we test your knowledge of this iconic airline. Good luck!

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Bombardier bags Challenger 3500 order

Bombardier announced on December 22, 2023, that an undisclosed customer had placed a firm order for 12 of its Challenger 3500 super mid-size business jet, with the first deliveries expected in the second half of 2025.

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Flight Simulation

P-47D Razorback ready for take-off

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Republic P-47D Razorback for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PC Pilot Issue 151

Issue 151 of PC Pilot in page-turning format features VSKYLABS’ SR-71 Blackbird - a Spyplane for X-Plane 12 - as its cover star

Bundaberg Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Impulse Simulations has announced Bundaberg Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

ILA Berlin

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Schönefeld, Germany

The event website states: "ILA Berlin features the entire value chain and every tier of the aerospace industry, from Aviation, Space and Defence & Support, to Advanced Air Mobility and the Supplier sector."

19 Wing Comox Air Show

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Comox, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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

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."