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Historic

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Battle of Britain Legend - 303 (Polish) Squadron

Having spent ten years researching their role in the Battle of Britain, Richard King delves into the legend to answer the question: fact or fiction?

Vintage airshow coming to Compton Abbas

Aero Legends are teaming up with the Wiltshire airfield to stage The Golden Age Of Aviation Airshow this August

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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Military

USAF’s final WC-135R arrives at Offutt AFB

The 45th Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) – a component of the USAF’s 55th Wing – received its third and final WC-135R Constant Phoenix (64-14829/OF) when the aircraft touched down at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on December 4, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Frecce Tricolori to star in North American tour

Initially announced by Gen Luca Goretti – the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force – on November 23, Italy’s premier aerobatic team, Frecce Tricolori (Tricolor Arrows), revealed the full details of what will be its first North American tour in more than 30 years on January 1.

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Taiwan’s ‘Vipers’ gain US codes in Arizona

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF)-operated F-16V Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 21st Fighter Squadron ‘Gamblers’ at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona – which are used for the training of Taiwanese F-16 pilots and maintainers – have started to apply removable US serial numbers and insignia, as well as the Morris ANGB-affiliated ‘AZ’ tailcodes to the newly delivered jets.

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Commercial

The ultimate airline start-ups quiz!

Try your hand at this week’s quiz which focuses on airline start-ups!

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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

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Flight Simulation

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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Just Flight’s Avro Vulcan B Mk. 2, K.2 & MRR review

In the review, we take Just Flight's rendition of the Avro Vulcan for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

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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 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."

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."

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".

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 Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. 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."