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Aviation News April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format puts the spotlight on the Polaris Program to provide a world exclusive on the fast jet fleet behind private spaceflight’s most ambitious mission

Control tower restoration appeal relaunched at Elvington

The Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington has renewed its appeal for help to finish the restoration of an historic wartime control tower

Lodestar being returned to its former glory at Pima

Lockheed R5O-5 Lodestar 12481 is close to completion at the Pima Air and Space Museum following a typically thorough restoration

Mosquito veteran Flt Lt Colin Bell celebrates 103rd birthday

Celebrating his 103rd birthday on Tuesday 5 March, Flt Lt Colin Bell shows no sign of slowing down as he looks back over an action-packed year

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Night terrors – Luftwaffe onslaught

Twelve US bombers were lost during a 30-minute onslaught by Luftwaffe night intruders. Ian McLachlan describes the Americans’ ordeal 

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Military

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First German KC-130J heads to Évreux

The Luftwaffe’s (German Air Force’s) first KC-130J Hercules (55+05) departed Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Marietta, Georgia, on February 28 on its delivery flight to Évreux-Fauville Air Base (BA105), France, where it will join the Franco-German Bilateral Air Transport Squadron (BATS).

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First Royal Canadian Air Force CE-145C Vigilance arrives

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) No 8 Wing celebrated the arrival of the first of three new King Air 350ER manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (MAISR) aircraft to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton in Ontario on February 23, writes Tom Kaminski.

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‘Buzzards’ F-16CM pays homage to 31st FW

The 31st Fighter Wing (FW) at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy – a part of US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces-Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) command – has rolled out new special tail art for its flagship F-16CM Fighting Falcon.

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Commercial

American Airlines’ trio of aircraft orders

American Airlines announced orders for 260 new aircraft, including 85 Airbus A321neos, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10s and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft.

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JetBlue and Spirit cancel $3.8bn merger

JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines announced on March 4 that they had reached an agreement to terminate a July 2022 merger agreement after the proposed deal was blocked by a US judge in January on anti-competition grounds.

ULTIMATE ONEWORLD ALLIANCE QUIZ!

On February 1, the Oneworld alliance celebrated its 25th anniversary. In honour of this milestone for this week’s quiz we test your knowledge of one of the world’s premium airline alliances. Best of luck!

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Airliner World April 2024

April 2024 issue of Airliner World in page-turning format celebrates 50 years of British Airways flying the UK flag

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Boeing 737 MAX – One step forward, two steps back?

At the end of 2023, the Boeing 737 MAX appeared to have turned a corner, regaining the trust of airlines and passengers alike after two high-profile accidents. Then there was the Alaska Airlines incident in January 2024. In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News Mark Broadbent reports the latest developments

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Flight Simulation

Luton for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer iniBuilds has announced London Luton Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Cincinnati

Scenery developer FeelThere has released Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

F-5E Tiger II takes flight in MSFS

SC Designs has released the legendary F-5E Tiger II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Hollomon Airshow 2024 Legacy of Liberty

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Holloman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."