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Historic

When two RAF Mosquitos brought down three Luftwaffe Ju 88s

Toulouse, the night of January 6, 1944 and Mosquito night fighters were on the prowl over occupied France. Gilles Collaveri details a night that brought an end to three Ju 88s

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The 'other' secret bouncing bomb of World War Two

Related to the bouncing bomb of Dambusters fame, Highball was intended to be effective against specific military targets. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this secret World War Two weapon

Guess the historic aircraft cockpit

Why not test yourself on your cockpit knowledge with our quiz?

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Nord Gerfaut: France's daring delta-wing research aircraft

Tony Buttler reveals the outcome of one French company’s daring attempt to break into the world of delta-winged jet aircraft – Nord-Aviation’s Gerfaut

Japan flies first series production UH-2

Japanese manufacturer Subaru announced on May 20 that it had carried out the maiden flight of the first series production UH-2 multi-purpose helicopter destined for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service.

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Military

Ukraine calls on Germany to donate 93-strong Tornado fleet

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrij Melnyk has made a direct plea to Germany to donate its entire ageing fleet of Panavia Tornado IDS/ECR ground attack/strike jets to help in the war with Russia

Aurora Flight Sciences to develop game-changing CRANE X-plane for DARPA

Aurora Flight Sciences has been selected to progress into the second and third phases of DARPA’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) programme, which will see the firm develop a new, unique X-plane demonstrator that exploits innovative active flow control technologies

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Inside the high-altitude rescue operations of Argentina’s Lama Squadron

The Lama Squadron is the only air unit in South America that has reached the highest peak on the continent and is one of the few helicopter units equipped for high-altitude rescue missions. AirForces Monthly explains how they can operate above 16,500ft

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Commercial

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Neeleman's 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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Inside the intricate process of loading an Airbus Beluga XL

There is no mistaking the Beluga. Mark Broadbent profiles this distinctive airlifter and learns about the intricate process of loading and unloading Airbus’ unique in-house transport jet

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Aviation News January 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

Who's placed four 737 MAX orders in nine months?

Which company has placed FOUR separate Boeing 737 MAX orders since March? Find out here

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ICYMI: Qatar Airways CEO slams Airbus over A350 problems

Speaking in London recently, Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways hit out at Airbus in a dramatic escalation of the row between the two companies

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Flight Simulation

FlyJSim’s Q4XP for X-Plane 11 Review Premium

FlyJSim’s Q4XP

FlyJSim has produced a range of outstanding study-level aircraft for X-Plane including the Boeing 727 and 737-200. This time we review their latest work, the Dash 8 Q400.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 9 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 9

We wind up this part of our Back to Basics series by completing our prepared night flight and deal with some unexpected emergencies.

Prague Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

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."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow