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Historic

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What happened to the 'Thistle Squadron'?

The so-called ‘Thistle Squadron’ was the first in the Belgium Air Force earmarked to receive the new Hawker Hurricane. Col Michel ‘Mike’ Terlinden and Daniel Brackx recount the story

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Lufthansa’s early Boeing 727 operations

Lufthansa was the first airline in Europe to fly the Boeing 727 and ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ December 31, 1964 issue looked at the type’s first seven months of operations with the German carrier

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Investigators find cause of Navy Wings Sea Fury crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has concluded its inquiry into a crash of a Hawker Sea Fury T Mk 20.

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De Havilland's ten greatest aircraft: do you agree?

Steve Beebee attempts the impossible – picking out the ten greatest aircraft from the immortal de Havilland stable

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Aeroplane July 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

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Military

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First flight for C-27J Spartan in Slovenian colours

The first and only C-27J Spartan tactical transport currently on order for the Slovenian Air Force was spotted in its operational colours for the first time as it carried out a test flight from Leonardo’s production and flight test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on January 12

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 129

Welcome to the 129th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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F-35 stealth tactics focus for Italy’s biggest air exercise of 2022

Dutch and US F-35s teamed with their Italian counterparts in November for an exercise that echoed the US’ own Red Flag. Mauro Finati was on hand for Aviation News

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Commercial

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Braking good: the latest in brake systems

Mark Broadbent looks at the latest in brake systems, from new technologies and materials to how specialist suppliers are positioning themselves for recovery

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COOL under pressure

Even airports not historically affected by heavy snowfall are rethinking their winter processes. Tom Batchelor looks at some of the measures European facilities are taking to remain operational year-round

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Embraer's E2 makes London City debut

The launch of scheduled services by the Brazilian Embraer E190-E2...

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Pipistrel Aircraft's grand designs

Pipistrel Aircraft of Slovenia is determined to take its tech global, not least the ground-breaking Velis Electro two-seater. Tom Batchelor reports

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Breeze and the A220

Breeze Airways has unveiled the first of its 80 Airbus A220s. Chris Sloan looks at the role the type will play for the start-up

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Flight Simulation

In Development - 757-200/300 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Bluebird Simulations has announced it is developing the 757-200/300 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Skymaster for Microsoft Flight Simulator Upgraded

Carenado has upgraded the Cessna 337 Skymaster for MSFS to version 1.1.

PMDG 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Enters Beta Testing

Robert Randazzo from PMDG has revealed the 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator has entered beta testing.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

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