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Historic

Duxford announces airshow dates

The Imperial War Museum Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, has listed the dates of its flying events for 2023

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RCAF Sabre pilot recounts unforgettable Cold War experience

For a young Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, flying the Canadair Sabre Mk6 and tangling with other NATO fighters in the skies of Cold War Europe was something never to be forgotten

MiG repaint progress in Australia

A museum in New South Wales is in the process of refurbishing a MiG-21 

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Blackburn Kangaroo: development, technical details, complete history

Designed and built as a torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, as Pete London discovers, Blackburn’s first series-production aircraft found its main niche on the civil scene. 

Events calendar for RAF Museum Midlands

RAF Museum Midlands, based at Cosford in Shropshire, has announced its main events programme for the year ahead

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Military

USMC welcomes first C-40A Clipper to NAS JRB Fort Worth

The USMC welcomed its first Boeing C-40A Clipper strategic transport to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Fort Worth in Texas on May 19; the first of two aircraft that will ultimately be operated and fielded by the Marine Forces Reserve

Malaysia pushes forward with ATR 72 MPA acquisition

The Malaysian MOD formally inked a contract with Leonardo for the acquisition of two ATR 72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft platforms during a ceremony that took place during the biennially-held Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Malaysia on May 25

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Zimbabwe takes delivery of 18 Russian-built Ansat helicopters

The government of Zimbabwe took delivery of 18 Kazan Helicopters Ansat multi-purpose light helicopters at one time during a ceremony at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare on May 18

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Commercial

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Firefighting C-130 in fatal Australian crash likely stalled

A Lockheed C-130 tanker aircraft that crashed while conducting aerial firefighting in Australia likely stalled when flying in hazardous conditions, an official report into the incident has concluded.

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Air Europa poised to become maiden Spanish MAX operator

This development comes following a recent lease agreement. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Why the SOFIA Boeing 747SP is so unique

NASA’s SOFIA airborne laboratory is set to retire more than a decade earlier than originally planned. In the first of a two-part feature, Bernd Sturm shines the spotlight on this unique aircraft and explores its unrivalled capabilities.

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Oslo Gardermoen: the evolution of Norway's most important airport

Matteo Legnani travels to the Norwegian capital to learn more about the continuing evolution of the country’s most important airport

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Boeing boost for UPS

The US-based package delivery giant has purchased more Boeing widebody freighters. Exact details can be found on Key.Aero…

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Juneau

Northern Sky Studio has announced PAJN Juneau International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Hype Performance Group’s H145 helicopter review

Newcomer Hype Performance Group has set the flight simulation rotary world alight with its Airbus H145 helicopter. Following its early access versions, now it is available as a fully functioning product.

McCall Municipal Airport released

Orbx has announced KMYL McCall Municipal Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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."

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."

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."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."