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Life as a Victor Air Electronics Officer

Squadron Leader Mike Beer MBE tells FlyPast what life was like as an Air Electronics Officer on the Handley Page Victor.

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Falklands ‘Black Buck 1’ Victor pilot recounts operation

There will never be another bombing raid like ‘Black Buck 1’, when some of the remaining ‘V-Force’ — Vulcan XM607, supported by a horde of Victor tankers — took the Falklands fight to the Argentineans. The lead Victor pilot, Bob Tuxford AFC, recounts the gripping tale

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Handley Page Victor: A complete history

The Victor ably served the RAF for 35 years. Doug Gordon examines the design, development and service of the futuristic-looking V-bomber.

Experimental glider restored for museum display

An unfinished project masterminded by a German engineer has been put on show in Argentina

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Vickers Valiant Pioneers

In the February 2016 issue of FlyPast Graham Pitchfork profiled Valiant pilots who helped to trail blaze for the Victor and Valiant

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Military

Stunning aurora over HMS Prince of Wales

Personnel embarked aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales were treated to a stunning display by the northern lights

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Thailand retires PC-9 trainers after 30 years of ops

After more than 30 years of operational service, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bid a fond farewell to its fleet of Pilatus PC-9 single-engine, tandem-seat training aircraft during a retirement ceremony at the RTAF Flying Training School at Kamphaeng Saen Air Base on February 2

Wisconsin ANG's 'Badger Air Militia' embarks on first F-35A training deployment

A number of F-35A Lightning IIs and more than 150 airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 115th Fighter Wing (FW) – which is home-based at Truax Field ANGB in Madison – completed the Weapons System Evaluation Program’s (WSEP’s) Exercise Combat Archer at Tyndall AFB, Florida, on February 23

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Commercial

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AIR International January 2024

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De Havilland Comet: The airliner that changed aviation forever

On Sir Geoffrey de Havilland’s 67th birthday in 1949, the aircraft that propelled the world into the jet age took to the skies for the first time. Key Aero examines the history of the revolutionary DH.106 Comet

Ultimate Hawaiian Airlines Quiz!

This week’s big news was that Alaska Airlines plans to purchase Hawaiian Airlines in a $1.9bn deal. If approved, the 94-year-old carrier will continue to operate as a separate brand and join the Oneworld alliance. So, for this week’s quiz, we will test your knowledge of the Honolulu-based carrier.

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Aviation News January 2024

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How Virgin Atlantic introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in style

Craig West described a flight with a difference in the January 2015 issue of Airliner World when Virgin Atlantic added the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet

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Flight Simulation

Duchess Model 76 for X-Plane 12 out now

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design, has released the Duchess Model 76 for X-Plane 12.

Stearman takes flight in MSFS

Golden Age Simulations has released the Boeing Stearman for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Gold Coast Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest Australian destination from Orbx is YBCG Gold Coast Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

Airshow London, Canada

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London, Canada

Major airshow

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.