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Historic

HangarTalk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s...

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Drop zone ‘K’, Sannerville, 5 June

‘DAKS’ GATHERING VIEW FROM THE GROUND… At Sannerville,...

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PRODUCTION

Wartime German jet engines were made on a vast scale — but...

Silver Star flies in France

Resplendent in its polished-metal Armée de l’Air finish, Top...

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DH DRAGON RAPIDE

HOOKS’ TOURS A further helping of beautiful DH89s from our...

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Military

Behind the scenes of a 100 squadron hot bombing mission

Recently Key.Aero joined 100 Squadron for Operation Flash Strike at both RAF Leeming, Yorkshire, and the Ministry of Defence’s Donna Nook Weapons Range in Lincolnshire. Operation Flash Strike saw a total of 16 3kg practice bombs dropped from the Hawk T1 at Donna Nook range against fictitious adversary threats provided by the JTACS throughout two sorties

USAF replaces legacy C-130H with Super Hercules in Kuwait

USAF's 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) was redesignated as the 61st EAS of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing last week, utilising the new C-130J Super Hercules to replace the C-130H model that has operated out of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for the past two decades

RAF Typhoons head to Oman for live fire exercise

Earlier this week RAF Typhoon FGR4s arrived at Thumrait Air Base in Dhofar Governorate, Oman, for the annual bilateral exercise Magic Carpet 21 with the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO)

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Commercial

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East Kirkby ‘Mossie’ in Motion

On May 6, for the first time in decades, Tony Agar’s Mosquito...

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Lysander Pair at Old Warden

At the Shuttleworth Evening Air Show on May 18, spectators were...

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Belfast

VIEWING AREA GUIDE A Viewing Gallery at Belfast International...

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Climate Protesters Threaten Heathrow Disruption

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has threatened...

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IN BRIEF

QUÉBEC CITY’S JEAN-LESAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, in collaboration...

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Sim Labs A320-X

The A320 is an incredibly complex aircraft and to try to replicate that inside FSX is insanely difficult. Working backwards to produce a flyable aircraft is rather like herding cats – potentially fantastic, but probably a bit fruitless. Flight Sim Labs however like fruitless. The question is, how good is its A320?

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Worldflight 2016

Team Jet Sim took on a challenge to virtually circumnavigate the globe in a full-sized Boeing 737-800 simulator in seven days

Gazelle out now!

For helicopter fans out there, MP Design Studio has released the Aerospatiale Gazelle SA342 for FSX and Prepar3D.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

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."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Athens Flying Week 2024 - Tanagra International Air Show

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Tanagra, Greece

International air show.

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow