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Historic

The real ‘Masters of the Air’

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ hugely anticipated ‘Masters of the Air’ finally hitting TV screens across the world, ‘FlyPast’ shares views captured of the ‘The Mighty Eighth’ in England while executing the daylight strategic bombing campaign across Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Carrier jets over Korea

When war broke out on the Korean peninsula in 1950, involving the nascent United Nations, carrier aviation with jets had barely begun. In a new special magazine called ‘Carrier Aircraft of the Classic Jet Era’ from Key Publishing, Matthew Willis explains in this article how despite all the limitations of early jets, and the challenges brought by revolutionary swept-wing fighters, the jet-powered naval aircraft soon proved their worth.

RAF Museum cleaners undertake high-flying mission

A team of ‘dustbusters’ with a head for heights has been cleaning the suspended aircraft at Royal Air Force Museum Midlands

Concorde returns to museum after restoration

A star exhibit at New York City’s Intrepid Museum came ‘home’ on March 14 following several months of restoration work

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Countering the 1940 night blitz - desperate times, desperate measures

With the onset of the night blitz in autumn 1940, German bombers were operating over Britain with virtual impunity. Something, almost anything, needed to be done. Steve Richards explains

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Military

Spangdahlem ‘Viper’ pilots demo ACE skills

Airmen and F-16CM/DM Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 480th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Warhawks’ – a part of the 52nd Fighter Wing (FW) at Spangdahlem Air Base (AB) in Germany – demonstrated its Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capabilities at Ämari AB, Estonia, and Łask AB, Poland recently.

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First US Army C-27J begins upgrade in Italy

The first of seven US Army-operated C-27J Spartan tactical transports to undergo the C-27J 1.2+ avionics update departed Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina on February 19.

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Arizona ANG’s snakelike KC-135R

USAF-operated KC-135R Stratotanker (59-1469) assigned to the Arizona ANG’s 161st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) ‘Copperheads’ at Goldwater ANGB – which is co-located at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona – now sports a special ‘Copperhead Snake’ livery.

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Commercial

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Dreamliners broaden flydubai’s horizon

Flydubai surprised many people by ordering 30 Boeing 787 widebodies at the Dubai Airshow in November 2023. It marks a new chapter for the airline, as Richard Schuurman details in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

ULTIMATE IRISH AVIATION QUIZ!

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend we have decided to test your knowledge in our Ultimate Irish Aviation Quiz. So grab yourself a Guiness and enjoy the craic!

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AIR International April 2024

April 2024 issue of AIR International in page-turning format features Gulfstream’s G700 and G800 series - offering comfort, range, and performance to business aviation

GALLERY: Cuban classic airliners from 1995

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Richard Vandervord shares a selection of classic commercial airliners from a 1995 trip to Cuba

The story of First-class air travel

From a new special Key Publishing magazine called ‘Luxury Air Travel’, Alex Preston in this article examines the development of first-class air travel over the decades

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Flight Simulation

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PILOT’S de Havilland Canada Dash 7

In this review, we take the de Havilland four-engine Dash 7 turboprop for a spin and see how it measures up.

146 Professional upgraded to v2.0

Just Flight has released a major update for the 146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

UK2000 releases Aberdeen Airport

Scenery developer UK2000 has announced Aberdeen Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

CANCELLED - Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

CANCELLED - The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian 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."