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Historic

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

‘Jersey Jerk’ public debut confirmed!

The UK’s newest Mustang to appear at night photoshoot

Egyptian Bestmann treasures arrive in Europe

German enthusiast Ernest Mika has acquired around 20 Bücker 181 Bestmanns originally built under license in Egypt 

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Military

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First six Rafales delivered to the Croatian Air Force

The first six of 12 Dassault Rafale F3-Rs for the Croatian Air Force were flown to Croatia on April 25.

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Tactical Fighter Meet ‘86 at RAF Waddington

Early August 1986 saw a gathering of more than 70 aircraft from eight NATO countries at RAF Waddington for Tactical Fighter Meet (TFM) ‘86. Dr Kevin Wright talks to a former Phantom crew about one of the largest Cold War exercises held in the UK.

The Monday Military Quiz 191

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

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Commercial

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.

European expansion for flydubai

Low-cost Emirati carrier flydubai is expanding its network further into Europe with the launch of four new routes. From August, the carrier will become the first UAE airline to operate services to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, serving the border region of France, Germany and Switzerland.

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Flight Simulation

Carlisle Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer UK2000 has released Carlisle Airport EGNC for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FlightSim Studio’s Tecnam P2012 Traveller reviewed

In this review, we take FlightSim Studio's Tecnam P2012 Traveller for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

Abu Dhabi Yas Island for MSFS released

iniBuilds has released Abu Dhabi Yas Island for Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

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Upcoming Events

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."

International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight

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Ayr, United Kingdom

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Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

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."