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Historic

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Falklands Nimrods: a pilot's account of sub-hunting in the South Atlantic

Hunting for Argentinean naval threats to the UK’s Task Force during the Falklands War, the RAF Nimrod MR2 community largely stayed out of the limelight — but it did notch up a piece of air force history

Duxford to mark a half century of airshows

This month’s season-closing air display at IWM Duxford, the Flying Finale, will also salute 50 years of shows at the famous airfield

Newark museum reveals details of nightshoot

The date for Newark Air Museum’s Autumn Day-Night Photo Shoot event has been set for Saturday October 28, 2023

Sunderland hero remembered at Pembroke Dock

A Sunderland flying boat crewman’s bravery nearly 70 years ago has been commemorated through the donation of a George Medal to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre

Orion arrives at New Zealand museum home

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand has officially welcomed Lockheed P-3K2 Orion NZ4203 to its collection

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Military

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Indian Navy bids fond farewell to final Il-38SD Sea Dragons

INAS 315 ‘Winged Stallions’ – which has the unique distinction of operating the same aircraft type throughout its entire 46-year history – finally stood down the Indian Navy’s last Ilyushin Il-38SD Sea Dragon maritime patrol aircraft on October 31. Angad Singh reports from INS Hansa in Goa

RAF Shadows conduct ISTAR operations over Eastern Mediterranean

Two RAF-operated Shadow R2s (ZZ418 and ZZ507) deployed via Naples to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, on October 25 to carry out ISR operations over the Eastern Mediterranean

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B-2 vs B-21: What's the difference between the USAF's old and new stealth bombers? 

The USAF has officially entered the age of sixth-generation combat aircraft with the B-21 Raider. Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the rollout of America’s second stealth bomber and analyzes what we know so far about this highly classified aircraft

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Commercial

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Saudi Arabia’s unbelievable aerospace ambitions revealed

Saudi Arabia is a country in a hurry when it comes to aerospace. New airlines, airports and lessors are all in the pipeline, as Alan Dron reveals

Why American Airlines chartered an Antonov An-124

Last weekend American Airlines took the unusual step of chartering an Antonov An-124 to fly between New York/JFK and Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT).

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Filipino Classics: Planespotting highlights from a trip to the Philippines

Hamburg-based photographer Dirk Grothe shares a selection of images from a recent visit to the Philippines

MIAT Mongolian Airlines accepts maiden Boeing 787 Dreamliner

State-owned flag carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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A look back at the 2009 Libyan Aviation Exhibition

The 2009 Libyan Aviation Exhibition was intended to demonstrate a thawing of Tripoli’s once frosty relationship with The West. It wasn’t to be. Within 18 months, Libya had descended into the first of two bloody civil wars. Ralf Kurz looks back at LAVEX 2009

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Flight Simulation

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Orbx's Sacramento Airport review

Created by Indie developer Matteo Veneziani, Sacramento Airport is a great place to visit and makes a fantastic addition to any North American pilot's arsenal. For airline pilots, this is a great airport, while lower, slower pilots will love the easy access to the Rockies and places like Lake Tahoe. We take a closer look at Orbx's rendition of this popular destination.

Nardi FN.333 lifts off in MSFS

Mario Noriega Designs releases the Nardi FN-333 Riviera for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

DHC-2 Beaver upgraded to X-Plane 12

Thranda Design has announced the DHC-2 Beaver has been upgraded to be compatible with X-Plane 12.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

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."

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.