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Historic

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Profile: Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor

His former commanding officer, Sholto Douglas, thought a great deal of Andrew Beauchamp- Proctor, the South African whose outstanding aerial combat abilities during World War One saw him being awarded the Victoria Cross

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SLEEPING SATELLITE

An attractive, advanced design fit for the forward-looking post-war era, a manufacturer boasting plenty of experience in aviation and business — surely the Planet Satellite would succeed? Sadly, it failed on the most fundamental of levels

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THIS IS THE END

COLD WAR HISTORY Saigon evacuationIn 1975, America’s war in...

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Superb Hawker Fury Restoration Finished

Not since its service with the Iraqi Air Force had this Hawker Fury flown, until an enthusiastic Belgian owner stepped in to have a superb restoration finished — and now he revels in its sheer potency

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Aeroplane meets Charlie Shea-Simonds

Twin passions for parachuting and vintage aircraft made for an adventurous life for the founder of the Tiger Moth Diamond Nine

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Military

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying mountain operations with AW119s from Portugal’s Esquadra 552

We joined the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 552 ‘Zangões’ for a mountain flying exercise. The unit has proven the relevance of training exercises – battling major wildfires

123rd Airlift Wing completes Super Hercules transition

The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing – based at Louisville ANG Base, Kentucky – has completed its transition from the legacy C-130H Hercules tactical transport to the new C-130J Super Hercules

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Hercules Gunships: Fearsome firepower from above

Tom Kaminski detailed all variants of the AC-130 series of gunships in a 2021 article

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Commercial

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Hybrids in Hawaii

Matteo Legnani speaks with the next-generation of aviation pioneers helping make hybrid-powered aircraft a reality in the Pacific

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Polar Express: Inside Lufthansa's longest flight

Non-stop from Hamburg to the Falklands...The longest non-stop...

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An inside look at maintaining NASA's Boeing 747SP

Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg has just completed a maintenance check on a uniquely modified Boeing 747 that provides a window on the solar system and beyond. Ian Harbison reports

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Bolivian Lifelines

Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) connected Bolivia’s biggest cities and most remote towns and villages using an eclectic mix of vintage airliners. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South American nation during the carrier’s heyday

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Turbulence at Technik: How Lufthansa's MRO division is handling the pandemic

After a year bedevilled by uncertainty, Lufthansa Technik is resetting its expectations – and there are green shoots. Ian Harbison discovers more from CEO Johannes Bussmann

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Flight Simulation

PMDG 777-200ER Upgraded

PMDG has released a significant update for the 777-200ER as well as a plethora of free upgrades for the PMDG 777-200LRF Base Package and PMDG 777-300ER.

Bratislava for Prepar3D

Aerosoft has announced Bratislava M. R. Stefanik Airport for Prepar3D is out now.

Hawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator Incoming

Just Flight has revealed the Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer is currently being made for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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 VE Day Flying Day

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The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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 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."

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."