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Historic

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Unique formation concludes Me 262 UK tour

The Messerschmitt Foundation’s stunning Me 262 replica concluded its now celebrated UK visit with a unique flypast on July 18…

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First flying Fokker D.XXI in 70 years: A test pilot's view

Leonard van den Broek spoke to test pilot Dan Griffith, who has overseen the 1930’s Dutch fighter’s test flying programme

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Restoring first flying Fokker D.XII in 70 years: behind the scenes

For the first time in more than 70 years, there is a flying Fokker D.XXI in the Netherlands. Leonard van den Broek speaks to those behind the project

CAF heavy bombers undertake US ‘tour’

The Commemorative Air Force has begun its AirPower History Tour, calling at eight stops across the US

Historic Aviation Quiz – The Hawker Hunter

With July 20, 2023 marking the 72nd anniversary of the first flight of Hawker’s elegant Hunter as the P.1067, we dedicate this weeks quiz to a type that has been followed by the adage “If it looks right, it flies right” for as long as it has graced the skies…

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Revealing insights from the days of the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) at RAF Cottesmore

The three partner nations on the Tornado programme established a joint training unit at RAF Cottesmore that lasted almost 20 years. A former station commander and an instructor described its inner workings to Dino Carrara in 2015

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The inside story of Tornado Storm Shadow missions to Libya

Mark Ayton got the inside story on the Tornado GR4's long-range missions to strike targets in Libya using Storm Shadow missiles

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OPINION: Can Israel justify its airstrikes in Gaza as civilian death toll grows?

Israel is attacking Hamas in Gaza like it has never done before. This comes after the deadly attacks by Hamas on October 7, which claimed up to 1,400 Israeli lives. There is no denying that Israel has the right to defend itself against terror groups, like Hamas and Hezbollah, but did it really have to kill so many innocent Palestinians – many of them children – in going after the extremists?

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Commercial

Jet2 welcomes first A321neo into service

The low-cost leisure carrier rolled out the VIP treatment in celebration

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AIR International June 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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Flying on a 40-year-old Boeing 737-200 in Honduras

Most aviation enthusiasts can appreciate the iconic lines of a classic jet. But there’s a small contingent that yearns for the days before carbon-fibre and glass cockpits to such a degree they’re willing to travel to the ends of the world to find them. Daniel Johnston recalls his recent expedition to Latin America in the pursuit of the increasingly rare Boeing 737-200

BREAKING: Ryanair places its biggest Boeing order to date

The deal strengthens the carrier’s relationship with Boeing, and is reportedly worth over $40 billion

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Iran Air Airbus A310 turbulence report published

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) of the Iranian Civil Aviation Authority has released its final report into the events which led to the injuries of two people onboard an Iran Air jet.

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Flight Simulation

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A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 2

In this feature, we continue to trace the history of early combat flight simulators during the 1990s and discover how Falcon 3.0 heralded a new generation in simulation technology.

Egypt Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Scenery developer FLYNDRIVE4D has announced Egypt Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Exploring Jeppeson 2001’s Niagara Falls City Pack

Designed by Jepperson 2001, Niagara Falls City Pack covers the major areas around Niagara Falls. It also includes a whole raft of new content to enhance your flight simulation experience. We take a closer look.

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Upcoming Events

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow

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."