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Historic

Remembering artist Robert Taylor

Legendary aviation artist Robert Taylor passed away recently following a short illness – Aces High Gallery has announced a special Remembrance Weekend

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Three key men behind the Avro Vulcan’s design

Steve Beebee remembered three of the key men behind the Avro Vulcan’s design in the September 2011 issue of FlyPast

The primary aircraft for the Black Buck 1 mission was Vulcan B.2 XM598 (shown here shortly after it first arrived at Wideawake Airfield), however a cockpit window wouldn’t seal properly and so the aircraft couldn’t be pressurised. This led to the back-up aircraft carrying out the attack. Bob Shackleton/VTST Feature Premium

Planning the Vulcan raids on the Falklands

Dr Kevin Wright interviewed Sqn Ldr Andy Marson (Ret), at the time Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s navigator on XH558, who helped plan the Black Buck raids during the Falklands War. He provided his insight into these complex missions in the August 2015 issue of Aviation News

Avro Vulcan origins and career

Glenn Sands described the Vulcan’s pedigree in the September 2011 issue of FlyPast

Caribou and CASA on display near Madrid

A pair of former Spanish military aircraft have been prepared for public display in their homeland

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Military

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Ethiopia acquires Su-30K fighters and Akinci drones

The Ethiopian Air Force (EAF) has taken delivery of two Russian-built Su-30K Flanker-F multi-role fighters and an unspecified number of Turkish-made Bayraktar Akinci unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs)

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Greece seeks stop-gap C-130Hs to bolster waning airlift capabilities

The US Department of Defense and the US State Department have recently given advance notice of a proposed transfer of two legacy C-130H Hercules tactical transports to Greece as part of the Excess Defense Articles programme, which will be used as a stop-gap to boost the Hellenic Air Force’s airlift capabilities until the air arm’s new C-130J Super Hercules fleet can enter operational service

Stunning Swiss Air Force Hornet photos

A selection of stunning photos of Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets from Peter Lewis and Aldo Wicki.

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Commercial

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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.

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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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

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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

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FlightSim Studio’s Tecnam P2012 Traveller reviewed

In this review, we take FlightSim Studio's Tecnam P2012 Traveller for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

Abu Dhabi Yas Island for MSFS released

iniBuilds has released Abu Dhabi Yas Island for Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

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Air Combat Simulation – Part 6

In this instalment, we explore the ‘art’ of aerial gunnery and discuss why hitting a target while moving within a three-dimensional environment is one of the most challenging aspects of dogfighting.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

Sheppard AFB - Sheppard Air Show

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Wichita Falls, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.