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Viper Demo Team marks 50 years of the F-16 with retro scheme

The US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team has unveiled a 50th anniversary paint scheme for the 2024 airshow season.The F-16C Block 50D Fighting Falcon s/n 91-0395/SW from the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina now wears a red, white and blue scheme honouring the YF-16 prototype.

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Last PBY built will fly again

During mid-April, Consolidated PBY-6A BuNo 64107/N9825Z made the 104-mile journey east along the Interstate 90 freeway from Moses Lake, Washington State to Spokane, where it will be restored to airworthy and seaworthy condition by Vintage Aircraft Restorations at Felts Field.

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Bentwaters’ T-33 restored

The Suffolk-based Bentwaters Cold War Museum announced it had finished the restoration of Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star, 51-9252 (c/n 580-7036), in April.

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Aeroplane meets Rob Collings – President of the famous Collings Foundation

The president of the Collings Foundation presides over one of the world’s largest historic aircraft fleets — and flies many of them himself with great aplomb

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Military

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Eagles hit the streets for protection

Following the tsunami warning that was issued after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck approximately ten miles (16km) southwest of Hualien City in Taiwan on April 3, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) quickly moved to prevent any damage being caused to its F-15J Eagle fighters at Naha Air Base in Okinawa.

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SNC to deliver USAF’s next ‘Doomsday Plane’

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop the Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) platform that will ultimately replace the USAF’s ageing fleet of four E-4B National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) aircraft.

Mass formation of UK helicopters deploy for Steadfast Defender

A force of 16 helicopters from the 4 Regiment Army Air Corps Battle Group (4 AAC BG) departed Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, for mainland Europe to take part in Exercise Steadfast Defender 24.

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Commercial

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Ural Airlines abandons Airbus A320 rescue from field

Ural Airlines has revealed that it will not return to service an Airbus A320 that has been stranded in a wheat field just outside Novosibirsk, Russia, since September 2023.

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What it’s like to fly on the COMAC ARJ21

Bored of Boeing 737s and tired of Airbus A320s, Richard Vandervord fancied a Chinese, sampling a flight aboard a COMAC ARJ21

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Boeing’s 777 ecoDemonstrator tests

The next phase of the ongoing Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme researching ways to improve sustainability and efficiency will test more than 30 technologies spanning airport operations, waste-reducing materials and future cabin concepts.

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Wiring defect caused ATR flight instrument loss

On May 18, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into a January 17, 2023 incident involving a West Atlantic ATR 72 approaching East Midlands Airport.

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Flight Simulation

Singapore for MSFS now available

Scenery developer, imaginesim has announced WSSS Singapore is out now.

DCS: CH-47F takes flight

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: CH-47F is now available for pre-purchase.

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

HiFi Simulation Technologies has released Active Sky FS for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

CANCELLED - Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

CANCELLED - The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow