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Historic

Battle of Britain Spitfire Mk.I approaches completion

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I P9372 has entered the final stages of restoration with the Biggin Hill, Kent-based Spitfire Factory

Gripen prototype arrives at new home

Sweden’s Aeroseum took delivery of its latest exhibit on November 16, 2022 – SAAB JAS 39-2 ‘52’

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Mighty Avro Shackleton - a Cold War legend

Affectionately known as the ‘Growler’, Avro’s mighty Shackleton served in a variety of roles for the RAF at the height of the Cold War. 

Relatives sought for memorial unveiling

The Barton Stacey History Group is trying to trace the relatives of five airmen who were killed in World War Two

South African Vampire to be restored

Personnel from the South African Air Force removed de Havilland Vampire FB.52 235 from its pole at AFB Langebaanweg recently

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Military

Russia welcomes new Su-35S batch as fighter production ramps up

Another batch of Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E multi-role fighters has been handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defence, with the completion of this latest delivery being confirmed by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec State Corporation – on June 23

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Running on Empty: How budget cuts have damaged Iranian Naval Aviation 

Repeated budget cuts have had a drastic impact on Iranian Naval Aviation, as Babak Taghvaee discovers

Australia formally activates first MQ-4C Triton unit

The Royal Australian Air Force has formally reactivated No 9 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal – located within Australia’s Northern Territory – as the air arm prepares to welcome its first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles in 2024

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Commercial

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Airbus A380 cockpit explained

In a 2020 special publication on the A380, Mark Broadbent looked in detail at the Super Jumbo’s cockpit

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Demise of a Giant – what killed the A380?

Lack of customers precipitated the termination of the A380 super jumbo programme after only two decades. In a special publication on the A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton looked at the reasons why

The Ultimate Airbus A380 Quiz!

It's A380 Week on Key.Aero and to celebrate, we've a special super jumbo quiz for you. From notable operators to technical specifications, this double-decker brain tickler is guaranteed to put your knowledge to the test. Good luck!

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

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Flying on a British Airways A380 – passenger experience

In the December 2013 issue of Aviation News Charles Kennedy recounted the first British Airways A380 flight to Los Angeles and reported on the passenger experience

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Flight Simulation

Van's Aircraft RV-10 ready for take-off

SimWorks Studios has announced the Van's Aircraft RV-10 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

AURORA 2023 for MSFS released

Scenery developer, UK2000 has released Chicago Aurora Municipal Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Flight Adventure: The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

In this flight adventure, we explore one of the most impressive and perhaps iconic bush planes of all time: the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. Join us as we fly in the backcountry to appreciate just how suited to the role it is.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

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."

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 Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow