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Historic

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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The exhilarating experience of flying on a Ford Tri-Motor

She may fly at a rather modest speed but she accelerates every enthusiast’s heartbeat. Andreas Rohde takes us onboard the iconic Ford Tri-Motor

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Inside HARS: Maintaining Australia's rare classic airliners

Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is home to several rare commercial aircraft, lovingly looked after by a team of volunteers. Chris Frame tells us more

Sea Venom arrives at Bruntingthorpe

The Leicestershire-based jet collection has received a de Havilland Sea Venom

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Military

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When a navy operated Tornados

Doug Gordon details the varied roles undertaken by Tornados of the German Navy

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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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Commercial

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.

Boeing 747s return to service with Emirates

Two Queens of the Sky have been leased by the operator – the first time they’ve been used by the carrier in six years

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Here's what to expect at the 2023 Paris Air Show

The global aerospace industry is preparing todescend on Le Bourget for the 2023 Paris Air Show. But with so many aircraft orders already announced, is the format still relevant? Richard Schuurman predicts the key themes for this year’s gathering

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Boeing 737 air tanker crash: report reveals sequence of events

A preliminary report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has outlined the events leading up to the crash of a Boeing 737 air tanker in Western Australia’s Fitzgerald River National Park earlier this year.

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Flight Simulation

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Air Combat Simulation – Part 3

In this edition of our ‘Combat Corner’, we examine the essential requirements needed to survive and ultimately succeed in a dogfight. We also touch on the aircraft and discuss how best to employ different types.

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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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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."