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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

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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FlyPast March 2023

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Military

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From Phantoms to Fulcrums: Iran parades its airpower on Army Day

Held on April 17 or 18, Iran’s Army Day Parades have always provided the best opportunity for analysts to evaluate the readiness of the Iranian Air Force. Babak Taghvaee provides an insight to the event held since 1979

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AirForces Monthly July 2023

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USAF B-1B Lancers return to Europe for latest Bomber Task Force mission

Four supersonic-capable Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from the USAF’s 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas, have deployed to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, as part of a long-planned Bomber Task Force-Europe rotation in support of ongoing US European Command and NATO deterrence operations

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Commercial

In-depth look: Understanding the Spirit Airlines merger

Being billed as one of the last of the US mega-mergers, JetBlue and Spirit are to combine in a multi-billion dollar agreement. Chris Sloan reviews the deal.

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Aviation News October 2022

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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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Flight Simulation

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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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FSWeekend - the primary Dutch flight sim show

After a three-year hiatus, one of the more popular flight simulation events in Europe has returned. Our roving reporter, Jessica Bannister-Pearce, travelled to the Netherlands to find out more.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

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."