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Historic

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75 years on: what were the stars of Farnborough 1948?

It’s 75 years to the day since the first Farnborough airshow opened — and with it an exciting era for British aviation. We look back at the highlights of a great aeronautical occasion

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In our sites - the story of the East Coast firing ranges

Having trekked around many east coast sites, Mick Britton shares the history of a handful of key firing ranges

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War wreck secrets - the role of intelligence services

War was not just about combat; the intelligence services fought a most secret conflict too. Barry Wheeler uncovers the story

Jaguar GR.1 delivered to Elvington

SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XZ383 has arrived at the Yorkshire Air Museum

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Flying Legends - new beginnings

After a three-year hiatus Flying Legends roared back onto the airshow scene at a new venue. Tom Allett reports from Leeds East Airport, the former RAF Church Fenton

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Military

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USAF’s new B-21 Raider stealth bomber soars into American skies

The USAF and Northrop Grumman marked a major key milestone in the development and testing of the B-21 Raider on November 10, when the new sixth-generation stealth bomber – which is intended to be the successor to both the B-1B Lancer and B-2A Spirit – graced American skies for the first time

Boeing flies upgraded AH-64E Apache gunship for the first time

Boeing completed the first flight of its enhanced AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from its facility in Mesa, Arizona, on October 11

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AirForces Monthly Sample Issue

Welcome to our FREE sample issue of AirForces Monthly (AFM), the world’s most authoritative monthly magazine on modern military aviation

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Commercial

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AIR International August 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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The incredible Boeing BBJ 777-9 cabin concept 'fit for a king'

Lufthansa Technik’s VVIP Boeing BBJ (or Boeing Business Jet) 777-9 concept is aimed squarely at the Middle East, as Ian Harbison discovers

London Gatwick Airport submits plans for dual runway operations

London Gatwick has submitted an application – known as a Development Consent Order (DCO) – to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), outlining its ambition to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

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The challenges of operating an Airbus A340 to Antarctica

It’s the world’s most inhospitable continent and the only one without any permanent residents, paved runways or regular airline services. Andreas Spaeth talks with White Desert CEO Patrick Woodhead about the challenges of operating an Airbus A340 to Antarctic

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UK planespotting highlights for June 2023

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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Flight Simulation

Wickenby Airfield for MSFS out now

Nestled on the edge of Lincolnshire’s fens, Wickenby Airfield is a hub for general aviation, flying clubs and vintage aircraft enthusiasts. It also hosts various fly-in events, airshows and flight experiences.

DuPage Airport for MSFS released

Scenery developer FlightFX has announced DuPage Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Samedan Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Developed by FlyLogic, the scenery is an up-to-date and frame rate friendly rendition of Samedan Airport in Switzerland, sporting high-resolution PBR textures and realistic buildings with interior modelling.

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Upcoming Events

Southport Air Show

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Southport, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "The annual Air Show takes place on Southport beach and is a weekend packed with entertainment! If you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids, as well as the flying programme, there is plenty of things to do on the ground. From flight simulators, static aircraft to explore, climbing walls, assault courses and plenty more!"

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."

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...".

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."