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Was Bell’s remarkable Mach 3-capable X-2 a shattered dream or ‘The Right Stuff’?

Jamie Ewan looks at the troublesome history of the Bell X-2 ‘Starbuster’, a type that seemed destined for greatness, but ended in tragedy

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Secrets of the lake - rare Luftwaffe aircraft revealed

A remarkable pair of Luftwaffe wartime aircraft have been filmed at the bottom of a lake

Historic Aviation Quiz - 1950s experimental types

Can you identify these experimental types from across the 1950s?

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Paving the way - test flying early jets

Tom Spencer recounts some of Sqn Ldr Brian Moloney’s experiences as he helped pave the way testing early jet aircraft while commanding the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s secretive T Flight

Bid to restore Victor nose gathers pace

The remains of Victor K.2 XL191’s nose have been acquired by new owners for restoration at a planned museum in Iron Mountain, Michigan

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Military

Norway bids farewell to abdicating Sea Kings

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) retired the last of its Sea King Mk 43B search-and-rescue helicopters on November 27, bringing to an end more than 50 years of operational service

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Lockheed Martin rolls out first F-35A for Belgium

Lockheed Martin formally presented the first F-35A Lightning II for Belgium to representatives from the Belgian government during a rollout ceremony at the company’s F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 10

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 175

Welcome to the 175th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

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SriLankan Airlines' CEO on difficult recovery and future plans

SriLankan Airlines thought it was recovering after the pandemic. Then the country’s economy imploded and jet fuel ran out. Alan Dron spoke with the airline’s CEO to assess the operator’s future

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Qantas reveals A380 retirement plan amid new widebody airliner order

Australian flag carrier Qantas has today announced the final piece of its jet fleet renewal programme with the firm order for 24 widebody aircraft.

North Korea’s Air Koryo flies first international flight since COVID

The flag carrier of North Korea, Air Koryo, has conducted its first international flight since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Classic airliners in colour: Tokyo Haneda in the 1960-70s

Almost half a century after rival hub Narita's controversial opening, Tokyo’s downtown airport – Haneda – remains popular with both passengers and airlines. Bob O’Brien shares images from a time when the Japanese giant was Tokyo’s sole gateway

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Airside tours at Hamburg Airport: Planespotting without fences

The very nature of aviation photography means contending with perimeter fences, however, Hamburg Airport is a little different – it offers airside tours, as Dirk Grothe discovers

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Flight Simulation

Minneapolis for MSFS now available

Scenery developer Flightbeam Studio has released Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Winnipeg International Airport for MSFS released

FSimStudios has announced Winnipeg International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

H160 helicopter lifts off in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Hype Performance Group has announced the H160 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

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."