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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz: Hawker Tempest

With the quite incredible news that a Hawker Tempest has taken to the skies for the first time in some seven decades, we dedicate this week’s quiz to the development of the type that holds the distinction of being the last piston-engined fighter in operational service with the Royal Air Force…

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FlyPast December 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

US Navy and Marine Corps aviation in World War One

A chapter from Key Publishing’s new book “Contact! Early US Naval and Marine Corps Aviation, 1911-1918” by Alan C Carey

Former Italian Harvard flies in France

North American T-6 Harvard F-AZOJ has recently arrived at a new home, Haguenau airfield in Alsace, France

Catalina engine recovered from Milford Haven

A radial engine and propeller, recovered from the Milford Haven waterway in Pembrokeshire, is likely to have come from a wartime Catalina flying boat, it has been revealed

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Military

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RAF Typhoons participate in large Qatari exercise

RAF Typhoons have recently taken part in Exercise Ferocious Falcon V – a large-scale Qatari-led multinational exercise.

Star Warriors CO provides insights into a US Navy Growler squadron

In the US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Yearbook 2023, Mark Ayton spoke with Commander Cameron Dekker, commander of the only US Navy Reserve squadron equipped with the EA-18G Growler.

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USAF AC-130J strikes Iranian-backed militants in Iraq

A USAF-operated AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunship was called in to hit an Iranian-backed militant group after they fired a ballistic missile at American forces at Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, the Pentagon has said

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Commercial

Quiz: How well do you know your airline ATC callsigns?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your knowledge of airline identifiers. Both IATA code and ATC callsigns are included so make sure to let us know what score you get!

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SriLankan Airlines' CEO on difficult recovery and future plans

SriLankan Airlines thought it was recovering after the pandemic. Then the country’s economy imploded and jet fuel ran out. Alan Dron spoke with the airline’s CEO to assess the operator’s future

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Qantas reveals A380 retirement plan amid new widebody airliner order

Australian flag carrier Qantas has today announced the final piece of its jet fleet renewal programme with the firm order for 24 widebody aircraft.

North Korea’s Air Koryo flies first international flight since COVID

The flag carrier of North Korea, Air Koryo, has conducted its first international flight since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Classic airliners in colour: Tokyo Haneda in the 1960-70s

Almost half a century after rival hub Narita's controversial opening, Tokyo’s downtown airport – Haneda – remains popular with both passengers and airlines. Bob O’Brien shares images from a time when the Japanese giant was Tokyo’s sole gateway

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Simulator Training – Part 4

Professional pilot training involves practising various system failures. In this lesson, we learn how to write lesson plans to improve our virtual flying skills.

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Local Legends 11: Aero Vodochody Ae-45 and Ae-145 review

Designed in the late 1940s, the Czech-built twin-engine Aero 45 is one of the most distinctive airframes in aviation history and despite its humble beginnings, it became an immediate success throughout Europe and beyond. We check out Aeroplane Heaven's rendition of this rugged workhorse for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

France VFR South-East-Riviera for MSFS released

France VFR South-East-Riviera for Microsoft Flight Simulator brings together in a single pack all the elements needed for VFR flying in the southeast of France.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

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."

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

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."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."