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Historic

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Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review of the RAF in 1977

The Royal Air Force (RAF) pulled out all the stops to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — but the occasion is still best remembered for a sleepy cabinet minister

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The BAe 146's battle to fly the Queen

“It would be a pity to saddle the Royal Family with such a conveyance into the next century”, wrote one senior Ministry of Defence official of the BAe 146. How did it overcome such opposition, and become the last new aircraft ordered for the Queen’s Flight?

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'I flew the Queen': behind the scenes with Royal Flight pilot

Safety, comfort, timing: those were the three key words when it came to flying members of the Royal Family. As a former Queen’s Flight pilot recalls, the responsibility brought with it some unique memories

Historic Aviation Quiz

How will you fare in this week's historic aviation quiz?

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Combat veteran Spitfire fires up

Supermarine Spitfire FRXIVe RM927/G-SXIV was having its Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine tested at Sywell in mid-May, with a first flight expected soon thereafter.

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Military

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How Portuguese Air Force TB-30 training course has evolved

Joe Campion visits Esquadra 101 ‘Roncos’, the main hub of Portuguese pilot training, as its students embark on a new syllabus

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How does Iran manage to keep its ageing F-4 Phantom IIs flying?

Babak Taghvaee investigates how the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force restores and upgrades its damaged US-built McDonnell Douglas F-4D/E Phantom IIs

Russia receives another upgraded Tu-22M3 bomber

The United Aircraft Corporation has delivered another modernised Tu-22M3 Backfire-C supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Long-Range Aviation command

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Commercial

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350F News Premium

Singapore Airlines sets sights on A350 freighter

Singapore Airlines inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for seven examples of the newly launched A350F freighter, plus options for five more.

Iceland’s PLAY goes transatlantic

Reykjavík-based low-cost airline PLAY has unveiled its plans to launch transatlantic services next year.

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The rise of Ethiopian Airlines

The rise of Ethiopian Airlines has been a remarkable achievement. In this exclusive extract from a new book, ‘Ethiopian Airlines The African Aviation Powerhouse’ by Jozef Mols, we examine two chapters in the flag carrier’s fascinating history

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The Saunders-Roe Princess story

Bearing the crown of the largest all-metal flying-boat ever constructed, the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess carried hopes of luxury transatlantic travel in a post-war era. Pete London charts the dreams and realities of the ill-fated giant

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S7 A321neo "stalled" during upset in severe icing conditions

An S7 Airlines Airbus A321neo stalled during an in-flight upset after take-off from Magadan/Sokol, Russian investigators report.

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator Released on Xbox Cloud Gaming

Asobo Studio has announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator can now be played via Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox One and other supported devices.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update VIII Released

Asobo Studio has released Sim Update VIII for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding a host of new features and fixes to the simulator platform.

New Turkish Destination for MSFS

ST Simulations has released Adana Sakirpasa Airport (LTAF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Hollomon Airshow 2024 Legacy of Liberty

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Holloman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."