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Historic

Vast RCAF gallery on show as book launch beckons

An art exhibition has been launched as a special book celebrating the centenary of the RCAF is due for publication by CANAV books later this year

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Aeroplane May 2024

May 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format features UK Aviation Museums 2024 - your complete, updated guide to the UK's aviation collections

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Meet the ex-Shuttleworth pilot who became Scotland's first astronaut

In Aeroplane’s monthly interview series, we recount the extraordinary flying career of Dave Mackay

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The 'Bucc' stops here: inside stories of the RAF's last Buccaneer days

Thirty years on, we recall the final service days of the ‘last British bomber’

Chipmunk pair find new homes in Belgium

Two DHC Chipmunks are under new ownership in Belgium

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Military

The Monday Military Quiz 194

Test your military aviation knowledge.

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North East Land, Sea and Air Museums receive 100 Sqn Hawk

On May 13, 2024, a ceremony was held at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM) to unveil a former 100 Sqn RAF Hawk T1 as a new exhibit.

Tiger Meet participants announced

This year’s NATO Tiger Meet will be hosted by Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 at Schleswig Air Base in northern Germany from June 3 to June 13.

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Commercial

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Airlander 10 starts certification

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has formally begun the process of applying for a type certification for its in-development Airlander 10 aircraft, which it says is “designed to be the world’s most efficient large aircraft”.

Repercussions from Boeing 737 MAX delivery delays

Airlines are having to change fleet plans to cope with delivery delays of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Qantas welcomes Airbus A220

Qantas introduced the carrier’s first two Airbus A220-300s on March 1, 2024. The carrier’s QantasLink subsidiary operated aircraft, VH-X4A (c/n 55253) and VH-X4B (c/n 55269), from Melbourne to Canberra and Brisbane.

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Sikorsky to flight-test HEX

Sikorsky plans to flight-test a distinctive new aircraft called HEX – a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) demonstrator with a tilt-wing.

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C919 goes on tour

The COMAC C919 airliner, China’s equivalent of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, travelled beyond its home country for the first time in February 2024 as the manufacturer began a sales tour.

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Flight Simulation

Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade now available for free

Eagle Dynamics has released the Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade for DCS World for free.

X-Plane 12.1.0 incoming

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12.1.0 is due to be released imminently, adding a host of new features and improvements.

Anacortes Airport for MSFS released

The latest Pacific Northwest destination from Orbx is 74S Anacortes Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulators.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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".

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

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 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."

International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight

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Ayr, United Kingdom

Airshow

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event