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Historic

Vildebeest restoration reaches milestone

Inter-war biplane stands on its undercarriage again

Lancaster stars at poppy appeal launch

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s Avro Lancaster was the centrepiece of the annual launch

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Aeroplane Database: de Havilland's elegant DH114 Heron

An in-depth look at one of the smallest four-engined airliners

New Battle of Britain database launched

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has launched a comprehensive database offering academics, authors and researchers fresh opportunities to find detailed information on The Few

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Luftwaffe's legendary surprise raid on Asch

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes the remarkable 45-minute skirmish over Asch – perhaps the wildest fight for any Eighth Air Force fighter unit

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Military

Finland becomes 31st nation to join NATO

Finland has become the 31st and latest nation to join NATO, after it deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US government – represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken – at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on April 4

F-16 Block 70/72: All you need to know about the most advanced Viper to date

The F-16 Block 70 could do a great job in the Ukraine and probably never will – but it still has very much a global footprint, as Jon Lake reports

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JF-17 Block III, J-10CE star in Pakistan Day Parade rehearsals

The Pakistan Day Parade 2023 – which was expected to be a grand display of the country’s military prowess and cultural diversity – unfortunately had to be cancelled due to heavy rain, but the Pakistan Air Force still managed to show off both the highly anticipated Block III variant of the JF-17 Thunder and its newly acquired Chinese-made J-10CE fighters during the event rehearsals

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Commercial

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AIR International June-July 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

BREAKING: British Airways’ South African partner Comair collapses

One of the best-known names in African aviation looks destined for the history books.

Berlin trumps Paris for new Norse flights

In a surprise move, Norse Atlantic Airways has confirmed it will make Berlin its third European destination.

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Qantas and its milestone Airbus order: A new chapter for Australian aviation

A historic deal between the Australian flag carrier and European OEM heralds a bold new chapter in Antipodean aviation, says Gordon Smith

Toronto switches to time-based approach 

The Canadian hub is the first North American airport to use the technique

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Flight Simulation

FlightSimExpo releases initial 2023 event schedule and travel details

One of the world’s largest flight simulation events, FlightSimExpo, will take place in Houston Texas on June 23-25, 2023. Held across two locations near Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU), the 2023 event will offer flight simulation fans the chance to interact with developers, try out the latest hardware, hear the latest products and meet fellow sim enthusiasts.

Ant's Airplanes Tiger Moth for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Tiger Moth was the first ever aircraft produced by Ant's Airplanes. In 2019 it was rebuilt for FSX and Prepar3D, and now it has been converted for Microsoft Flight Simulator with extra detail added to take full advantage of the new platform.

Vans RV-8 takes flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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!"

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Abingdon Air & Country Show

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Air and country show

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

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."