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Aeroplane April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format turns the spotlight on the Messerschmitt Bf 109

Historic Quiz: Aircraft nicknames

Across the annals of flight aircraft have been bestowed unofficial nicknames – some pleasant, others not so much – by those that flew or maintained them, worked on them. But do you know the often-forgotten nicknames for these types?

Spitfire Flight Test

In a recent re-issue of a special magazine by Key Publishing featuring military aircraft flight tests, Dave Unwin takes aloft the legendary Spitfire

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Back to life – Mustang reborn in New Zealand

The term ‘time capsule’ is often used to describe World War Two restoration projects, but a New Zealand-based North American P-51D Mustang has such provenance that its claim is perhaps greater than most

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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

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Military

The Monday Military Quiz 191

How well do you know your military aircraft? Test yourself here...

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Dyess Lancers wrap up first Morón B-1 deployment

Four US Air Force Rockwell B-1B Lancers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas recently completed a month-long deployment to Morón Air Base in Spain.

Famous Test Pilot Anatoly Nikolaevich Kvochur – 1952-2024

Once described as “a pilot by the grace of God”, world renowned Soviet, later Russian, test pilot Anatoly Nikolaevich Kvochur died at the age of 71 following a long illness on April 16, 2024.

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Commercial

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Boeing 737 MAX – One step forward, two steps back?

At the end of 2023, the Boeing 737 MAX appeared to have turned a corner, regaining the trust of airlines and passengers alike after two high-profile accidents. Then there was the Alaska Airlines incident in January 2024. In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News Mark Broadbent reports the latest developments

Take-off boost for A330neo

The Airbus A330neo is to undergo a series of performance enhancements that will increase its take-off weight by around 2.6 tonnes.

Bound for Brisbane

American Airlines is launching new services from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane, Australia, in October using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky.

United support for SAF

Air New Zealand and Embraer are among the companies to have joined the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, an effort to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investments in start-ups.

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Flight Simulation

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MiniCockpit’s miniFCU review

In this review, we look at the MiniCockpit's rendition of the K217ABM11 Flight Control Unit found on the Airbus A320neo.

El Nido for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer Cli4D Designs has announced El Nido in the Philippines for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Orbx's EU Great Britain South review

We take a tour of Orbx's Great Britain South for Microsoft Flight Simulator and see if the masters of scenery can once again bring the real world to the desktop.

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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."