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Historic

Museum to showcase historic raceplane

A 1950s Formula One racing aircraft has been donated to a US museum

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Spectacular Italian Air Force Museum reopens for centenary

Vigna di Valle collection remodelled to mark 100th anniversary year

Thunderbolt repainted to honour heroes past

An A-10 has been given a new ‘tribute’ livery in the US

Tomcat takes centre stage at US museum

An example of the ‘swing-wing’ jet has been completed for display in Ohio

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World War Two RAF Dakota pilot stories

Graham Pitchfork, in the November 2011 issue of FlyPast,  profiled two exceptional RAF Dakota pilots who went unarmed into harm’s way

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Military

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Combat Aircraft Journal December 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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Tornado’s two-seat teams – insights from the back seat

In the April 2019 issue of AirForces Monthly, Thomas Newdick spoke to two of the final navigators to fly the ‘Tonka’ – Flt Lts Phil McGlone and Sam Baker

USAF carries out final operational E-8C JSTARS sortie

The USAF has marked the end of an era in airborne command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations after the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) fleet flew its final operational mission on September 21

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Commercial

Emirates and Stansted Double Up

The Middle Eastern titan has increased its capacity from the Essex airport

Georgian Expansion for Wizz

The European low-cost carrier says it is “[solidifying] its market leader position in the country”

Hat-trick of gongs for Etihad

The winners were decided by votes cast by travellers and readers of Business Traveller Middle East Magazine

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How leaky lavatories caused control difficulties for Delta 767

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded an investigation into an incident involving a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER that suffered flight control problems following a water leak on board.

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Low-cost long-haul: Airlines reveal secrets to making it work

Viewed by many within the industry as unworkable and unprofitable, the concept of low fares for traditional long-haul flights had its critics before the idea got off the ground. But new technology and global events now make this a new operator revenue stream, Michael Doran finds out

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Flight Simulation

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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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CowanSim’s 222B review

CowanSim has produced an expanding range of helos for both X-Plane and MSFS platforms. In this review, we take a closer look at its rendition of the Bell 222 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Integrating add-ons in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Sim Update 12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator improved how third-party add-ons interacted within the simulator. In this feature, we look at how to integrate Flybywire’s A320 with Navigraph Charts while using GSX and FS LTL for an enhanced flight sim experience.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Wings Over Whiteman 2024 Air and Space Show

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Whiteman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Meeting Aérien ‘Le Temps des Hélices’

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La Ferté-Alais, France

The event website states: "Every morning, the public can get closer to the planes via the static exhibition and interact with the pilots and mechanics...The afternoon is specially dedicated to flight presentations with a show lasting more than 5 hours including around a hundred aircraft flying in the skies of Essonne. The show unfolds through thematic scenes the history of aeronautics, from the time of the pioneers to the latest generation of civil and military aircraft."