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Historic

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Short Sperrin – The Forgotten V Bomber

In 1946, amid escalating tension between East and West, Britain embarked on a programme of nuclear jet bomber development, including the stopgap Short Sperrin, as Pete London explains...

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Lancaster Return to Flight

The return to flight of a UK-based Avro Lancaster is the stuff that dreams are made of. FlyPast's Steve Beebee visited the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre where fantasy is rapidly becoming reality…

Mustang engine reaches Sywell

The Packard Merlin engine and propeller from a P-51D Mustang have been donated to Sywell Aviation Museum for restoration and display

HISTORIC AVIATION QUIZ: F-86 'SABRE DOG'

With November 18, 2022, marking the 70th anniversary of Capt J Slade Nash USAF setting a world speed record of 698.505mph over a 3km course across Southern California’s Salton Sea in F-86D Sabre 51-2945, we dedicate this week’s Historic Aviation Quiz to North American’s ‘Sabre Dog’…

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Mitchell and Bolingbroke for East Kirkby

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre – home to Lancaster Just Jane – has now received a B-25 Mitchell and two Bolingbrokes

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Military

WATCH: RAF rehearse for King’s Coronation flypast

The skies above RAF Cranwell were alive with a wide variety of aircraft yesterday (April 25) conducting a practice flypast ahead of King Charles III’s coronation

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Exercise Spears of Victory: Saudi Arabia’s Red Flag

The Royal Saudi Air Force recently held its own Red Flag which saw three air powers from the Gulf Co-operation Council – GCC, as well as Greece, Pakistan, US and UK. AirForces Monthly explains

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A Typhoon pilot perspective on Spears of Victory

AFM gained an exclusive viewpoint from No 6 Sqn pilot, Flt Lt Matthews, as he returned from Saudi Arabia after taking part in the multi-national exercise, Spears of Victory.

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Commercial

Korean Air to resume more long-haul links

Amid the recovery of international travel demand, Korean Air plans to resume flights to several popular long-haul destinations.

Honda Aircraft and FSI strengthen ties

Honda Aircraft Company and FlightSafety International have extended their existing
15-year-old partnership by 25 years

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What next for Europe's airlines?

Confidence in the summer travel season set against worries by rising fuel prices – Europe’s airlines face a complex environment, finds Mark Broadbent

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JetBlue to add more UK flights

There are positive developments from JetBlue Airways regarding its transatlantic operations as more flights to the United Kingdom are planned from later this year…

How to pay for your shopping with a 747

Delta Air Lines has made it easy for you to squeeze the Queen of the Skies into your wallet

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Flight Simulation

Tailstrike Designs’ Airport Bergamo Review Premium

Tailstrike Designs’ Airport Bergamo

Italy: home of pasta, pizza, Puccini and Ferraris. The most visited city, not just in Italy but in the whole European Union is Milan. Today, I'm looking at one of the three Milan airports. It’s not Malpensa or Linate. Instead, I'm heading up the E64 to Bergamo, Milan's equivalent to London Stansted.

Asturias Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Orbx has announced LEAS Asturias Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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MicroProse B-17 Flying Fortress

We invited MicroProse to provide us with an update on two major titles currently in development: 'The Mighty Eighth VR' and 'B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th'.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

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."