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Historic

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Historic aircraft - UK flight experience guide

A raft of companies offering experience flights in all manner of historic aircraft have sprung up to offer the opportunity to get behind the control columns of aircraft once reserved for a fortunate few. Aviation News provides a who’s who, detailing companies’ fleets and flights

Flying Legends Airshow will not go ahead in 2024

The organisers of the famous warbird event, most recently held at Church Fenton, have released a statement

Buccaneer group announces fast taxi day

A fast taxi demonstration will be the highlight of a special Buccaneer day at Cotswold Airport in March

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Celebrating two legendary brothers

With December 17, 2023 marking the 120th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first controlled and sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft across the dunes of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, we share images of the two brothers from Ohio that changed the world...

From the cockpit: the inside story of an SR-71 record-breaking flight

Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed pilot Ed Yeilding to hear about his time assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird. In this video he describes setting the US coast-to-coast speed record and the problems in-flight that almost thwarted the attempt

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Military

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US, Singapore plotting to base F-15SG Strike Eagles on Guam?

The USAF is assessing proposed infrastructure improvements at Andersen AFB, which would permit the basing of up to 12 Republic of Singapore Air Force-operated F-15SG Strike Eagle multi-role fighters and their relevant mission support infrastructure in Guam – a US island territory in the western Pacific Ocean

Slovenia welcomes first C-27J Spartan

The Slovenian Air Force and Air Defence welcomed its first C-27J Spartan to Cerklje ob Krki Air Base in southern Slovenia following its delivery from Leonardo’s facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on December 19

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US Army plots major UH-60 Black Hawk fleet reduction

The US Army is moving forward with plans to reduce the size of its UH-60 Black Hawk battlefield utility helicopter fleet by approximately 7.5%. This reduction will include roughly 157 legacy UH-60A+ and UH-60L airframes, all of which are operated by the Army’s active-duty component

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Commercial

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Qantas 'Connies' traversing the globe

Chris Frame considers how the Lockheed Constellation transformed Qantas operations.

Parts of British Airways BOAC liveried 747 go up for sale online

Following news in August that the BOAC liveried British Airways Boeing 747 was being dismantled, parts of the aircraft have now begun to be sold online to the public.

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Island-hopping around the Spanish Virgin Islands with Air Flamenco

Andreas Rohde takes us island-hopping on Air Flamenco

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Incredible air-to-air planespotting with flights in and out of Tokyo/Haneda

Christian Winter takes us on an airborne tour of Tokyo, following aircraft on their tracks in and out of Tokyo/Haneda

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Why Brymon Airways was Britain's boldest regional airline

Lee Cross takes a look at the history of one of the UK’s most pioneering airlines

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Flight Simulation

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Local Legends 12:Dornier Do X review

In 1932, the Dornier company built the most ambitious, heaviest and luxurious flying boat to date, the Dornier Do X. In this review, we take Microsoft’s rendition of this iconic aircraft for a spin.

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NZA Simulations’ Milford Sound Region review

We travel to the Fiordland National Park at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island and explore NZA Simulation’s rendition of the Milford Sound Region.

PC Pilot - Issue 149 Downloads

Online content for the January/February 2024 issue of PC Pilot.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Finale

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The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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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."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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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."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."

Duxford Flying Evening

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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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."