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Historic

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Building 27: Keeping history alive

Among the RAF’s most prized possessions, Building 27 at Northolt isthe subject of a mammoth restoration. FlyPast’s Jamie Ewan caught up with Phil Dawe MBE, the ambitious project’s driving force

Cambridge Tiger Moths move to new home

Long history of Tiger operations from Cambridge Airport comes to a close

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How Rolls-Royce bought a Spitfire for £250

When Rolls-Royce decided it wanted a Spitfire, the company ended up with a wartime veteran that once escorted Churchill’s aircraft —and which gave excellent service for more than four decades

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Have you seen the 'Men of the Dams' art installation?

Exactly 80 years after Operation Chastise, FlyPast’s Jamie Ewan visited the International Bomber Command Centre where a new art installation commemorates the 53 airmen killed…

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How would a second Berlin Airlift have worked?

Revealing the once-secret plans for how the western allies intended to keep West Berlin supplied in the face of renewed Soviet obstruction

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Military

US Navy orders more CH-53Ks for USMC and Israel

The US Navy has awarded Sikorsky a $2.7bn contract to build and deliver 35 additional CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters – comprising 12 Lot 7 and 15 Lot 8 aircraft for the USMC, along with a further eight examples for Israel (adding to the four announced in 2022)

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Sierra Nevada to bid for USAF ‘Doomsday Plane’ replacement

Sierra Nevada Corporation is bidding for the USAF’s $8bn Survivable Airborne Operations Center programme – the replacement for the USAF’s ageing fleet of E-4B ‘Nightwatch’ National Airborne Operations Center aircraft, otherwise known as the air arm’s so-called ‘Doomsday Plane’

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AIR International October 2023

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Commercial

New special livery for Alaska Airlines

The new livery will coincide with the carrier celebrating 15 years of service to the Aloha State.

How British Airways is helping autistic customers

The airline launched new steps during World Autism Acceptance Week.

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ATPL vs MPL: Demystifying the differences with expert insights from L3Harris

Expert insights from L3Harris’ Dave Coward to help clarify the differences between ATPL and MPL pilot training programs. Learn about the unique features of each programme and find out how to improve your chances of achieving success as a candidate.

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Airliner World May 2023

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The Ultimate Emirates A380 Quiz

To celebrate Emirates bringing the A380 back to Glasgow – making it the fourth UK destination for the super jumbo – we’ve got a quiz to test your knowledge on the Middle Eastern flag carrier’s double-decker. Good luck!

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Flight Simulation

Thrustmaster announces Viper product range

Thrustmaster has announced a range of new products dubbed the Viper TQS, designed to replicate the controls, flight kinematics and sensations experienced by real Viper pilots.

Airbus A300B4 in development

Just Flight has announced it is working on an Airbus A300B4 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Munich V2 for MSFS now available

Scenery developer sim-wings has released Munich V2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

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".

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

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."

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."