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Historic

The Last Lightning Show at Binbrook

RAF BINBROOK – AUGUST 22, 1987 Brian Hodgson recalls an historic event that was a fitting farewell to the charismatic Lightning, despite rain and low cloud.

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Avro Shackleton AEW.2 - Cold War ‘Sentinel’

Group Captain David Greenway (ret’d), a former Shackleton pilot and commanding officer of 8 Squadron, talks to Dr Kevin Wright about the Shackleton AEW.2 in RAF service.

Historic Aviation Quiz: The Convair F-106 Delta Dart

With February 2 marking the 54th anniversary of the United States Air Force’s infamous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ incident, we dedicate this week’s to Convair’s “Ultimate Interceptor” – the F-106 Delta Dart

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Life on a RAF Germany Phantom squadron

With the Cold War in full flow, West Germany’s position on the front line demanded an allied presence. Former RAF Phantom pilot Al Munro gives a taste of his Battle Flight years

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The Blackburn Buccaneer: Red Flag’s low-level legend

Former Buccaneer squadron commander Graham Pitchfork describes the RAF’s extraordinary success during the early Red Flag exercises

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Military

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KC-135T marks 100 years of 116th ARS with heritage scheme

The 116th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) ‘Ace of Spades’ – a part of the Washington ANG’s 141st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at Fairchild AFB – has applied a new heritage scheme to one of its KC-135T Stratotankers to commemorate the squadron’s 100th anniversary

USAF’s 305th RQS welcomes first Jolly Green II

The USAF’s 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS) – a component of Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC’s) 943rd Rescue Group (RQG) – joined the HH-60W Jolly Green II family on February 1, when the first aircraft (21-14521) arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Portugal receives first second-hand P-3C Orion from Germany

The Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP; Portuguese Air Force) received the first of six former Marineflieger (German Navy)-operated P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on February 9

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Commercial

SAS steps closer to SkyTeam with Atlanta announcement

SAS has added a new route connecting Copenhagen with Atlanta to its summer 2024 programme.

THE ULTIMATE SPANAIR QUIZ!

On January 27, 2012, Spanair ceased operations after a rescue deal with Qatar Airways fell through. For this week’s quiz, we take a look back at the Spanish carrier and its operations. Good Luck!

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Airliner World March 2024

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Loganair bids fond farewell to the Saab 340

Scotland’s Loganair has retired its venerable Saab 340 fleet after more than 24 years of service.

First A350-1000 for JAL

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) first Airbus A350-1000 has arrived in Tokyo.

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Flight Simulation

Diamonds in the sky

Aircraft developer COWS has released the DA42 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Leading Edge Simulations’ DC-3 v2 review

Leading Edge Simulations is renowned for creating highly authentic simulations of classic aircraft for X-Plane. This time, we check out its latest incarnation of the DC-3.

Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Scenery developer AuraScenery has released Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

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."

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."

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."

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.

Wales Airshow

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Swansea, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "Over two days, some of the best pilots and flying display in the world use the natural amphitheatre of Swansea Bay to show their stuff, pulling off incredible aerial acrobatics. From jets to helicopters, it’s two days of the year not to be missed. And even better – it’s free!"