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FlyPast March 2024

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Historic Aviation Quiz: US Navy Phantom Edition

With January 12 marking the 51st anniversary of a United States Navy (USN) F-4 Phantom claiming the 197th and final US air-to-air ‘kill’ of the Vietnam War, we dedicate this week’s quiz to McDonnell Douglas’ ‘Double Ugly’ in USN service...

Classic jetliners lined up for restoration in Greece

BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale

‘Czech’ Hurricane to fly soon

Battle of France veteran fighter refinished in Duxford-based Czechoslovak squadron markings

Photo-reconnaissance aircraft in the Duxford spotlight

IWM Duxford has launched its newest exhibition, showcasing World War Two aerial reconnaissance with special emphasis on camera-fitted variants of the Spitfire

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Back to the future: was the US Navy’s latest aircraft carrier trying out Cold War tactics?

During the recent maiden operational cruise of the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the aircraft carrier was sighted in a Norwegian fjord. Key.Aero’s Editor At Large, Dino Carrara, examines how the US Navy may be dusting off an ingenious Cold War tactic for carrier air wing operations.

Norway deploys F-35As for Air Policing duties in Iceland

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has deployed F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters from Ørland Main Air Station, Norway, to Keflavik Air Base in Iceland to provide a Quick Reaction Alert capability in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing (IAP) mission

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Spanish Navy’s first NH90 MSPT now in testing at Albacete

The Spanish Navy’s first NH90 Maritime Spanish Tactical Transport Helicopter (MSPT) arrived at Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Albacete, Spain, on January 17, following a ferry flight from the firm’s plant at Donauwörth in Germany, where the aircraft completed its maiden flight on December 15, 2023

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Russia's stretched Il-96-400M makes maiden flight

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) carried out the maiden flight of the prototype Ilyushin Il-96-400M, RA-96115, on November 1.

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LOT 787s – Europe’s first Dreamliners

LOT Polish Airlines was the first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In the June 2015 issue of Aviation News, Marco Finelli reported on the carrier’s Dreamliner operations and sampled flying on the airliner

Concorde captain on future of supersonic air travel

Speaking exclusively to Key.Aero in 2020, former BA Concorde captain John Hutchinson weighs in on the future of supersonic air travel

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What it was like to fly on the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner service

In the January 2012 issue of Airliner World, Lee Simonetta recounted his trip to Japan to fly on the world’s first Dreamliner passenger service operated by by All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Concorde captain recalls his first flight

Speaking exclusively to Key.Aero, retired British Airways Concorde captain John Hutchinson recounts his experience training to fly the supersonic airliner for the first time

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Flight Simulation

Black Square Duke development update

Black Square Simulations has released a development update for the piston and turbine Duke for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Ontario for X-Plane 12 out now

Verticalsim has announced KONT - Ontario International Airport for X-Plane 12 is now available.

Phenom 100 for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aircraft developer, Cockspur has announced the PH100 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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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."