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Historic

Concorde – First To Last: A new film tribute

A new DVD and HD stream documents the history of a genuinely iconic airliner

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How did the first Lympne Trials influence aviation?

The inaugural edition of the Lympne light aeroplane trials took place 100 years ago — and didn’t exactly swing a lamp over the future. How did the correspondents of the time view it?

Return to action for Griffon-powered Spitfire

Spitfire FR.XIV will feature at IWM Duxford exhibition later this month

St Athan museum rescues Varsity and buys Provost

Post-war RAF trainers to find new home in south Wales

Historic Aviation Quiz - Eighth Air Force

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ hugely anticipated TV Series, 'Masters of the Air', ever closer, the United States' Eighth Air Force has been a big top of conversation this week in the FlyPast office. But how much do you know about the great warfighting organization dubbed 'The Mighty Eighth'?

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Military

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AirForces Monthly February 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

Best UK MoD aviation photos of 2023

A selection of some of the best photos of aviation released by the UK Ministry of Defence taken during 2023.

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The military heavy-medium helicopter market – State of flux or business as usual?

Paul ‘Foo’ Kennard, former RAF Chinook pilot, and MOD Requirements Manager and now Director of Ascalon Defence Consultancy discusses the current state of the military’s heavy lift helicopter market – and the significant changes that have occurred within it

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Commercial

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South African Airways CEO reveals his plan to rebuild the airline

Despite being a shadow of its former self, South African Airways has ambitions to rebuild its operation. Andreas Spaeth chats to CEO John Lamola about his plans for the future

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Welcoming the A220: Air France's short-haul fleet transformation

Two years on from receiving its first Airbus A220, Babak Taghvaee looks at how Air France prepared for its arrival and the impact it has had on the aircraft it will replace

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Air Nostrum and CityJet finally unite - but not through merger

The long-awaited tie-up between Air Nostrum and CityJet has finally been confirmed.

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EasyJet places bumper $20bn Airbus order

London Luton-based easyJet has placed a $20bn order with Airbus for up to 257 A320neo Family airliners as it continues its recovery from the pandemic.

Pegasus Airlines reaches major fleet milestone

Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft.

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Flight Simulation

UK2000 releases Santa Maria Airport

Scenery developer, UK2000 has announced Santa Maria 2023 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Flight Simulator Days

Our roving reporter, Jessica Bannister-Pearce, travels to Munich to find out about the 28th ‘Flight Simulator Days' flight sim show.

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Keeping Microsoft Flight Simulator in check

Over the last three years, Microsoft Flight Simulator has grown in size to the extent that it often taxes our drive space. We share a few tips and tricks learned through trial and error to minimise its size.

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Upcoming Events

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".

IWM 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."

IWM Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. 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."

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."