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Historic

Conservation work begins on Newark Shackleton

Newark Air Museum’s magnificent Avro Shackleton is set to receive restorative work this summer

Biggin Hill hosts special gathering of veterans

A group of World War Two military veterans, most at least 100 years old, have been welcomed at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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Saluting TSR.2 - The Dream That Died

Mired in controversy to this day, the only thing certain about BAC’s fabled TSR.2 is that it never fulfilled its potential. Tony Buttler looks back at the ambitious project’s troubled past

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When the ‘Messerschmitts’ came to Manston

Imagine having a whole ‘squadron’ of Buchóns to yourself! Mick Dodsworth recalls a very special day at work related to the film Battle of Britain in 1968

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All The Sky’s A Stage – Temora’s David Lowy

From flying loops in Spitfires to headlining rock festivals, Temora Aviation Museum boss David Lowy has done it all. Steve Beebee chats to one of historic aviation’s true polymaths

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Military

France welcomes last of initial batch of Phénix tankers

The French Air and Space Force’s 31 Strategic Air Refuelling and Transport Wing (EARTS) at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (BA125) took delivery of its 12th A330-243MRTT Phénix tanker-transport from Airbus Defence and Space on September 20

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VIDEO: British Army bids farewell to 665 Squadron and final Gazelles

Three Westland Gazelle AH1s from No 665 Squadron – a component of the Army Air Corps’ 5 Regiment and the British Army’s last frontline Gazelle unit – completed the type’s final operational flight from Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove in Northern Ireland on October 23

HMS Prince of Wales embarks on F-35B sea trials in the US

On October 11, a specially instrumented US Navy-operated F-35B Lightning II (168314/‘68’) landed aboard HMS Prince of Wales (R09) – the second of the Royal Navy’s two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers – thereby kicking off Developmental Test Phase 3 sea trials with the type on the warship

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Commercial

Cargolux 747 shears undercarriage after emergency landing

The aircraft was in the process of making an emergency landing at the time

BREAKING: Flights diverted after Gatwick suspends operations

Flights to and from Gatwick Airport were disrupted this afternoon after operations at the London hub were temporarily suspended.

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Inside FlySafair: a Herculean journey

Now officially South Africa’s biggest domestic airline by the number of seats offered, FlySafair has proud roots as a ‘can do’ operator of Hercules freighters, as Andreas Spaeth reports from Johannesburg

The Ultimate Ryanair Quiz (part two)

In celebration of Ryanair’s largest Boeing order to date being announced on Tuesday, we present to you ten questions on the Irish low-cost carrier’s fleet to get stuck in to. Enjoy, and good luck!

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Will TAAG return to Europe? Airline CEO reveals overhaul plans

As an experienced pilot and long-time airline executive, there’s very little Eduardo Fairen Soria hasn’t done in the aviation industry. Today, he is at the helm of TAAG Angola Airlines and is charged with the challenging task of overhauling and modernising the Luanda-based flag carrier ahead of a potential privatisation. Matteo Legnani caught up with TAAG’s CEO to find out more...

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Flight Simulation

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Famous Flyer 6: Ford 4-AT Trimotor review

The sixth Famous Flyer aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Ford 4-AT Trimotor, was developed by Aeroplane Heaven. We take it for a spin.

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Flight Simulator Training – Part 3

Learning to fly multi-engine aircraft represents one of the more challenging aspects of flight training. In this article, we look at how flight simulators can be used to safely practice single-engine emergency procedures.

Horta Airport for MSFS released

Developed by M'M Simulations, the package for Microsoft Flight Simulator is an authentic rendition of Horta Airport, located on Faial Island in the Azores.

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NAS Oceana Air Show

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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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."