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Historic

Scampton officers’ mess granted protection

The historic officers' mess building at the former RAF Scampton has been given protected status

Remembering Sir Tim Wallis – 1938-2023

Warbirds Over Wanaka and Alpine Fighter Collection founder Sir Tim Wallis passed away on October 17, aged 85

USAF humanitarian role inspires award-winning exhibit

Dayton, Ohio’s National Museum of the USAF has received the 2023 Air Force Heritage Award for its exhibit, A Force for Good: Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions

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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

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Military

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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UPDATE: MOD does U-turn on AW109SP

The UK MOD has done a U-turn on the use of the Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopter.

Belgian ‘Vipers’ intercept Russian Su-30s over the Baltic

Belgian F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons were launched from Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, to intercept Russian fighter aircraft over the Baltic Sea on December 6 – within one week of the Belgian Air Force taking over the lead of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission

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Commercial

Quiz: How well do you know your airline ATC callsigns?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your knowledge of airline identifiers. Both IATA code and ATC callsigns are included so make sure to let us know what score you get!

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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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Flight Simulation

McAllen Miller Airport for MSFS released

Airport producer, Fly2High has released McAllen Miller International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

X-Plane touches down in Cairns 

TaiModels has expanded its airport offerings in X-Plane with the release of YBCS Cairns International Airport, available for both X-Plane 11 and 12.

Tatenhill Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

The latest UK scenery from Burning Blue Design is EGBM Tatenhill Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

ILA Berlin

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Schönefeld, Germany

The event website states: "ILA Berlin features the entire value chain and every tier of the aerospace industry, from Aviation, Space and Defence & Support, to Advanced Air Mobility and the Supplier sector."

19 Wing Comox Air Show

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Comox, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."