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How US Army Air Forces developed radio countermeasures in the Aleutians

Dave Stern examines how radio countermeasures were created by the US Army Air Forces during the war in the Aleutians 

Historic Aviation Quiz: August 25

Test your general historic aviation knowledge with this week's quiz from Key.Aero...

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Revealed: the real secret missions of Sidney Cotton's Lockheed 12

As war neared, Sidney Cotton and Lockheed 12A G-AFTL helped change the face of British aerial reconnaissance. But what does fresh evidence, gathered as the aircraft was restored for Fighter Aviation Engineering, tell us about their covert activities?

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Fairey Hendon: the RAF's first monoplane bomber in depth

Matthew Willis, an enthusiast of all things Fairey, delves into the history of the RAF’s first monoplane bomber

Vampire in need of new home

An airworthy example of the de Havilland classic has recently come up for sale

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Military

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USAF’s 9th ERS swaps Dragons at Fairford

Two U-2S Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron – a component of the USAF’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing – arrived at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, on November 3 for the unit’s biannual rotation to and from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, and Beale AFB, California

Omega KDC-10 tanker refuels deployed USAF F-16Cs in new first

The USAF recently conducted the first commercial air-to-air refuelling of F-16C Fighting Falcon fighters while supporting a deployment in the Indo-Pacific theatre

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US border agency begins to scale back AEW-configured Orion fleet

The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s Air and Marine Operations branch has started scaling back its P-3B operations and has retired at least two of its radar-equipped Orions

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Commercial

Iraqi Airways accepts maiden Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The widebody is the first of ten on order and is set to help the flag-carrier grow its long-haul network.

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Paris Air Show 2023 civil aircraft gallery

A selection of some of the civil aircraft attending this year’s Paris Air Show.

Double deal for Avolon

International lessor bags a brace at Le Bourget

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Paris Air Show 2023: Day 2 Roundup

All the news and developments from day two at Le Bourget

Qantas ups its Airbus commitment

The Australian flag carrier has finalised a follow-up order for more narrowbodies

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Sim Update 13 released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced Sim Update 13 is now available, adding a host of fixes and new features.

Sunset Strip for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest destination from //42 is Sunset Strip for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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.

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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."