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Historic

Tempest memorial panels installed at Newchurch

An eye-catching pair of glass panels have been added to the memorial site of the Advanced Landing Ground at Newchurch, Kent.

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The daring Vietnam Jolly Green Giant Phantom crewman rescue

After F-4 Phantom crewman Roger Locher was shot down in Vietnam, a Jolly Green Giant made one of the most audacious rescues in USAF history. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver investigates

Long-nosed Canberra B.6 (mod) XH568 – one of the ‘raspberry ripple’ fleet on offer. All photos FlyPast – Duncan Cubitt Feature Premium

MoD Cold War Aircraft Sale

In 1993 the UK MoD held an auction to sell off some interesting aircraft types and not surprisingly there was plenty of interest from potential buyers, as detailed in the September issue of FlyPast

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How the Grumman Hellcat proved to be a powerful weapon

The Grumman Hellcat was among the US Navy’s principal World War Two combat aircraft. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this fighter, which turned out to be a powerful weapon

Fresh new livery for Navy Wings Harvard 

Navy Wings’ Canadian Car & Foundry-built Harvard Mk.IV has been repainted in a distinctive, ‘corporate’ colour scheme.

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Military

Lockheed Martin to build nearly 400 F-35s under new $30bn contract

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin rounded off 2022 by finalising a $30bn contract for the production and delivery of up to 398 F-35s for both US and Foreign Military Sales customers under Low-Rate Initial Production Lots 15, 16 and 17

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Western attack helicopters update

After two decades of counter-insurgency war fare in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which NATO allies deployed attack helicopters primarily in a close air support/armed escort role, the focus has returned to potential peer-level, high-end war fighting. AIR International reviews the latest developments for Western attack helicopter programmes.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 126

Welcome to the 126th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

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Aviation News December 2021

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Embraer unveils Energia family of FOUR new aircraft concepts

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has announced a family of concept aircraft which it hopes will help the aviation industry achieve the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

BA and Virgin celebrate US reopening with dual Heathrow take-off

Transatlantic rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have joined forces today to celebrate the reopening of the United States to fully vaccinated UK nationals.

Repsol and Iberia announce biofuel first

Iberia and Spanish energy giant Repsol have made the first flight using biofuel produced from waste in Spain

ANA signs MOU with Virgin

ANA Holdings, owner of ANA All Nippon Airways, is to be the exclusive distributor of Asia’s first air-launch service

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Flight Simulation

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition Review Premium

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition

After more than 30 years of developing high-quality controllers for military flight simulation, Thrustmaster announced its entry into the civil flight simulation market with the Thrustmaster TCA Airbus Edition product range. The product line-up is designed to replicate the controls of Airbus airliners.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Takes Flight

SC Designs has announced the F-16 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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PC Pilot Issue 137

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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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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."

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."

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".

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."