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Historic

NF Meteors: The RAF’s First Jet Night-Fighters

Armstrong Whitworth turned the Meteor from a simple day-fighter into one of the first radar-equipped all-weather jet interceptors. Doug Gordon remembers the career of the early night-fighter Meteors, the NF.11 and NF.13.

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How the Shuttleworth Collection restored a Hawker Hind

Bringing a 1930s fighter back to life is no simple task, but the Shuttleworth Collection’s skilled team are the crew to do it!

Mustang unveiled in new colours at Sywell

Formerly flying in Australia, a CAC-built Mustang has now been repainted and will operate in British skies

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The challenge to replace the Spitfire and Hurricane: Supermarine twin fighters

When the time came to replace both the Hurricane and Spitfire, the Air Ministry had a very hard act to follow...

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The troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest – the last piston engine fighter to carry Royal Air Force colours

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Military

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Greece seeks stop-gap C-130Hs to bolster waning airlift capabilities

The US Department of Defense and the US State Department have recently given advance notice of a proposed transfer of two legacy C-130H Hercules tactical transports to Greece as part of the Excess Defense Articles programme, which will be used as a stop-gap to boost the Hellenic Air Force’s airlift capabilities until the air arm’s new C-130J Super Hercules fleet can enter operational service

Stunning Swiss Air Force Hornet photos

A selection of stunning photos of Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets from Peter Lewis and Aldo Wicki.

Fairford U-2 wears tribute nose art

Personnel from the U-2 unit operating from RAF Fairford applied nose art to one of the aircraft as a tribute to the three US Army soldiers killed recently by a drone at the Tower 22 base in Jordan.

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Commercial

Spirit takeover blocked

JETBLUE’S $3.8bn bid to buy rival Spirit Airlines has been blocked by William Young, a US district judge in Boston, on anti-competitive grounds.

All change at Abha Airport

​The Saudi Arabian government plans to expand Abha International airport. Investors and airport operating companies have been invited to bid for concessions to the country’s airport operator, Matarat, to develop and run the facility for 30 years.

Capacity increase for MC-21

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency has approved an increase in capacity for the Yakolev MC-21, Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced. The new ruling, granted by Rosaviatsia on December 26, will see the permitted number of passengers rise from 175 to 211.

New owners for Edinburgh airport?

Scotland's Busiest airport – Edinburgh, could soon be under new ownership after New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) hired HSBC and JP Morgan banks to run an auction for its sale.

ULTIMATE MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11 QUIZ!

This week marked the 34th anniversary of the maiden flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The trijet was launched in 1986 after commitments for 52 firm orders plus 40 options on three variants. So, let’s test your knowledge of the iconic airliner!

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Flight Simulation

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A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 5

This time, we trace the advances in hardware development at the start of the millennium and look at how 3D graphics cards furthered the evolution of combat flight sims. We also discuss how the dawn of online multiplayer gaming took combat flight simulation to the next level.

Carlisle Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer UK2000 has released Carlisle Airport EGNC for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FlightSim Studio’s Tecnam P2012 Traveller reviewed

In this review, we take FlightSim Studio's Tecnam P2012 Traveller for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. 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."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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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 Evening

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The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Abingdon Air & Country Show

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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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."