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Historic

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FlyPast July 2024

July 2024 issue of FlyPast in page-turning format features De Havilland T.43 Mosquito NZ2308, which recently returned to the skies in New Zealand after long-term restoration

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New scheme for Spitfire G-ILDA

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, G-ILDA/SM520, has received a new paint scheme honouring the heritage of RAF Westhampnett (now Goodwood Aerodrome) and a veteran Battle of Britain pilot closely connected with the aircraft’s owner, Spitfires.com

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North East Land, Sea and Air Museums receive 100 Sqn Hawk

On May 13, 2024, a ceremony was held at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM) to unveil a former 100 Sqn RAF Hawk T1 as a new exhibit.

Abingdon air show postponed

The annual Abingdon Air & Country Show, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Abingdon Airfield in Oxfordshire, has been postponed due to exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the organisers.

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Last Blackburn Beverley saved

On 3 April, the Carlisle Airport-based Solway Aviation Museum announced it had passed its £60,000 fundraising target for the move of Blackburn Beverley C1 XB259.

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Military

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The NC-130H Advanced Tactical Laser

The first decade of the 21st century saw a revival of interest in airborne directed energy weapons, including the Advanced Tactical Laser and the Hercules.

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BAE Systems wins US Navy P-8A EW contract

BAE Systems has secured a $95m contract from the US Navy to supply advanced electronic warfare (EW) pods for the P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft.

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Finnish Hornets deployed to Romania

Seven F/A-18 Hornets of the Finnish Air Force landed on June 3 in Romania as part of a deployment under NATO’s Air Shielding mission.

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Commercial

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What it’s like to fly on the COMAC ARJ21

Bored of Boeing 737s and tired of Airbus A320s, Richard Vandervord fancied a Chinese, sampling a flight aboard a COMAC ARJ21

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Boeing’s 777 ecoDemonstrator tests

The next phase of the ongoing Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme researching ways to improve sustainability and efficiency will test more than 30 technologies spanning airport operations, waste-reducing materials and future cabin concepts.

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Wiring defect caused ATR flight instrument loss

On May 18, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into a January 17, 2023 incident involving a West Atlantic ATR 72 approaching East Midlands Airport.

Airbus customers and operators quiz

Test your knowledge of Airbus customers and operators.

Rising to meet demand

The announcement of a new helicopter leasing and finance company indicates that demand for supporting the offshore sector is returning

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Flight Simulation

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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.

Old Warden Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest destination from Burning Blue Design is Old Warden Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow