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Historic

Help to revive RAF West Raynham’s Station Headquarters

A project has big plans to breathe new life into the Station Headquarters building at the former RAF West Raynham

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Which air forces flew the Gloster Meteor night-fighter?

 Although by no means so prolific as single-seat Meteor exports, the night fighter was supplied in modest numbers to NATO and Middle Eastern countries

V-bomber cockpits taken on at Duxford

At the end of last year, the Essex-based Cockpit Collection donated a pair of V-bomber noses to IWM Duxford

New owner sought for refurbished Trojan

After a recent upgrade by Swiss organisation Aerotech, a T-28 is ready for a new owner

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Korean War: RAF Meteor pilot on Australian combat ops

How an RAF pilot ended up flying 105 combat missions for the Royal Australian Air Force during the Korean War

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Military

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In-flight emergency forces Top Aces A-4 to divert to RAF Lakenheath

A Top Aces A-4N Skyhawk declared an emergency and diverted into RAF Lakenheath on July 26 while acting as an adversary for the US Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing

Success for Royal Navy in Wildcat’s first air-to-air firing of Martlet missile

In a recent series of trials, an AW159 Wildcat HMA2 multi-mission maritime helicopter from the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s 815 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, carried out the first successful test firing of a Martlet lightweight multi-role missile against an aerial target

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UK MOD criticised over E-7A Wedgetail procurement in damning new report

The UK's decision to cut its order for Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from five examples to three has been described as an "absolute folly" in a damning new report by an influential group of MPs

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Commercial

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FACE TO FACE: Claudio Camelier of Heart Aerospace

Heart Aerospace’s Claudio Camelier updates AIR International on the regional electric aircraft developer’s work

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Air taxis: will they really take off?

A new generation of air taxis has attracted billions of dollars in investment and thousands of orders, but there are major challenges

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Aviation safety: the latest developments

Airline crashes may grab the headlines, but flying is safer than ever. AIR International finds out why

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Space debris: the risks and the remedies

Tens of thousands of pieces of debris are ricocheting around space. While many are tiny, they have the potential to add up to a very big problem

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Biometrics: how it is shaking up air travel

Use of biometric data is fundamentally reshaping the air travel experience all the way from check-in to boarding – and beyond

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Flight Simulation

PA28 Archer II lands in MSFS

Chilean developer, Carenado has released the PA28 181 Archer II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Falcon BMS 4.37 released

Benchmark Simulations has announced Falcon BMS 4.37 is now available.

Epic Victory for X-Plane 12

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has announced the Epic Victory has been upgraded to be compatible with X-Plane 12.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

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."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

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!"