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Historic

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Which was best? The USAAF's main European theatre fighters compared

Debate still rages about which was the US Army Air Forces’ best fighter in the European theatre of operations. But is it even possible to reach a meaningful verdict?

DA4 leaves Duxford for new Cosford home

The fourth Eurofighter Typhoon prototype, ZH590 (better known as DA4) has moved from IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire to the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford, Shropshire

New roles for classic airliners – heritage livery for others

Two of three former Spanish Air & Space Force (SpASF) Boeing 707s are set to be preserved, while in the US an airworthy Douglas DC-8 has been given a new role

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Sidney Cotton's legendary Lockheed: the new evidence

As World War Two neared, Sidney Cotton and Lockheed 12A G-AFTL helped change the face of British aerial reconnaissance. But what does evidence gathered as the aircraft was restored for Fighter Aviation Engineering tell us about their covert activities?

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‘Lucky 13’ - 103-year-old Mosquito veteran looks back

Flt Lt Colin Bell DFC (Ret’d) survived 50 bombing operations while flying with Bomber Command, 13 of them to the most feared target of all, Berlin. Tom Allett spoke to the wartime veteran

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Military

Slovak Air Force receives first two F-16 Block 70s in the US

Lockheed Martin announced on January 10 that it had successfully delivered its first two F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon fighters to the Slovak Air Force at its production facility in Greenville, South Carolina

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Moscow suffers blow as Ukraine downs two Russian command aircraft in one night

While operating over the waters of the Sea of Azov at approximately 2110hrs (local time) on the night of January 14, two high-value aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces were struck by Ukrainian missiles, with one crashing and the other being forced to make an emergency landing

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 178

Welcome to the 178th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

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Your essential 2023 Dubai Airshow debrief

Dubai Airshow 2023 produced some interesting aircraft orders – maybe not for the numbers, but for the stories behind them. Richard Schuurman reports from the UAE

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SAS bids farewell to the Boeing 737

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has retired its final Boeing 737 after more than 30 years of service.

Concorde captain on handling emergency at Mach 2

Travelling at twice the speed of sound, John Hutchinson had just begun to tuck into his steak fillet when the supersonic aircraft he was piloting began shaking violently. Find out what went wrong in this amazing interview with the former British Airways Concorde captain

Ultimate Dubai Airshow Quiz!

This week, the Dubai Airshow 2023 kicked off in style at Al Maktoum International Airport. The five-day event brought together world-class exhibitors, flying and static aircraft displays, industry conferences and over 300 expert speakers. Airliner World will be bringing you a full round up of all the news from the event in our January 2024 edition. But for now why not take our Ultimate Dubai Airshow Quiz to test your knowledge on one of the world’s biggest aviation events.

Ethiopian Airlines adds to Boeing orderbook

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered an additional 11 Boeing 787-9s and 20 737-8s on the second day of the Dubai Airshow. As well as the firm order, the airline has also added options for a further 15 and 21 of the types, respectively.

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Flight Simulation

Navigraph publishes FlightSim Community Survey 2023 results

Navigraph has published its annual FlightSim Community Survey, aimed at discovering the community's thoughts on upcoming releases, gaining insights into simulation habits, and exploring user priorities to enhance the ultimate flight experience.

Famous Flyer 08: Cessna T207A Turbo Stationair released

Microsoft has released the next aircraft in the Famous Flyer series, the Cessna T207A Turbo Stationair.

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Felis Boeing 747-200 Classic review

With the release of X-Plane 12, developers have scrambled to get their products compatible and into a market eager for some quality aircraft add-ons. In this review, we take the Felis Boeing 747-200 Classic for a spin and see how it measures up.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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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."