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Historic

Students reach milestone in Meteor project

Various year groups at a college in Argentina have progressed a Meteor restoration project

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Blackbushe Vickers Viking 'Vagabond' restoration revealed

A classic British airliner is coming back together at Blackbushe Airport, and with exciting plans surrounding its future. Ben Dunnell went to find out more

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Falklands Nimrods: a pilot's account of sub-hunting in the South Atlantic

Hunting for Argentinean naval threats to the UK’s Task Force during the Falklands War, the RAF Nimrod MR2 community largely stayed out of the limelight — but it did notch up a piece of air force history

Duxford to mark a half century of airshows

This month’s season-closing air display at IWM Duxford, the Flying Finale, will also salute 50 years of shows at the famous airfield

Newark museum reveals details of nightshoot

The date for Newark Air Museum’s Autumn Day-Night Photo Shoot event has been set for Saturday October 28, 2023

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Military

Canada finalises deal to buy up to 16 P-8A Poseidons

Canada has confirmed that it will buy up to 16 P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

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Claims indicate that Russia is using MiG-35s against Ukraine

Sergei Korotkov, Designer General at the United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation – has claimed that the MiG-35 Fulcrum-F has been deployed to support Russia’s so-called ‘Special Military Operation’ against Ukraine

Germany to replace Tornado ECRs with EW-configured Eurofighters

Airbus Defence and Space announced on November 29 that the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag had recently approved the firm to convert 15 Luftwaffe (German Air Force)-operated Eurofighter EF-2000s to EK-standard, providing the selected multi-role fighters with additional electronic combat (EK) capabilities

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Commercial

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AIR International September 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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The disastrous mid-air collision of a Boeing 727 and Cessna 172

Some aviation accidents seem inexplicable. How could a Boeing 727 collide with a Cessna 172, both flown by experienced crews, in excellent visibility, on approach to an airport with apparently good ATC and even a collision alert system? Stephen Skinner investigates

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Airliner air-to-air photography: behind the scenes

Aviation photographer Jay Selman takes us on a behind the scenes look of his recent air-to-air photoshoot with Contour Airlines over the West Coast of the USA

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Planespotting from the ATC tower at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gökçen, handled 31 million passengers in 2022 and attracts an interesting array of domestic and international traffic. Ilgaz Deger shares a selection of photos from his recent visit up the ATC tower

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Battle of the century: Finnair CEO on navigating “double crisis”

As Finnair kicks off its centenary celebrations, Gordon Smith visits Helsinki to hear how the airline is navigating one of the most challenging periods in its history

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Flight Simulation

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Local Legend 10: Boeing 307 Stratoliner review

The Boeing 307 Stratoliner is largely a forgotten part of aviation history, at least until now. Aeroplane Heaven is back along with Asobo to offer us a chance to fly the forgotten aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Exclusive interview – Task Force Admiral

We sat down with MicroProse to learn about its upcoming title, Task Force Admiral. The game recreates the carrier battles of 1942 and could be considered to be the spiritual successor of MicroProse’s previous title, 1942: The Pacific Air War.

Palm Springs for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

iniBuilds has announced that iniBuilds Palm Springs for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Wings Over Whiteman 2024 Air and Space Show

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Whiteman AFB, 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."

Meeting Aérien ‘Le Temps des Hélices’

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La Ferté-Alais, France

The event website states: "Every morning, the public can get closer to the planes via the static exhibition and interact with the pilots and mechanics...The afternoon is specially dedicated to flight presentations with a show lasting more than 5 hours including around a hundred aircraft flying in the skies of Essonne. The show unfolds through thematic scenes the history of aeronautics, from the time of the pioneers to the latest generation of civil and military aircraft."