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Historic

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Walking with history - a trip to Bottisham

Bottisham Airfield Museum may not have a long list of aircraft exhibits, but that doesn’t mean it’s not rich in history, as Richard Foster found out

Falklands veteran Skyhawk restored to wartime configuration

Newly refurbished A-4 goes on show in Buenos Aires museum

Last flying One-Eleven's fuselage saved

Southampton museum to create new exhibit using ex-QinetiQ aircraft

Bournemouth museum to get famed Sea Vixen

Last flying example of de Havilland naval fighter acquired for static display

RAF Museum to open new inter-war gallery at Hendon

Westland Wallace returns for inclusion in latest London exhibition

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Military

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USMC’s legacy Hornet-equipped ‘Silver Eagles’ stand down

The USMC moved another step closer to phasing out its legacy Hornet fleet on November 9, when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) was deactivated at MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina

US Army awards ATHENA-S reconnaissance jet contract

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will provide the US Army with a new airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (A-ISR) platform under the terms of a $554m contract that was awarded on September 28

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How does Iran use airliners to secretly fly weapons into Syria?

Babak Taghvaee reveals how Iran, aided by the Syrian Arab Air Force, has used airliners to fly weapons into Syria to help arm terrorist groups fighting Israel

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Commercial

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Airliner air-to-air photography: behind the scenes

Aviation photographer Jay Selman takes us on a behind the scenes look of his recent air-to-air photoshoot with Contour Airlines over the West Coast of the USA

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Planespotting from the ATC tower at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gökçen, handled 31 million passengers in 2022 and attracts an interesting array of domestic and international traffic. Ilgaz Deger shares a selection of photos from his recent visit up the ATC tower

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Battle of the century: Finnair CEO on navigating “double crisis”

As Finnair kicks off its centenary celebrations, Gordon Smith visits Helsinki to hear how the airline is navigating one of the most challenging periods in its history

The Ultimate French Airport IATA Code Quiz

Bonjour! Ça va? We’ve got a slightly different quiz for you this week, all about French airports. Do you know your TLS from your TLN? Give it a go!

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ANALYSIS: How is this summer panning out for Europe's airlines?

As the busy summer season swung into action, what was the forecast for Europe’s airlines – would it be blue skies and sunshine, or was turbulence ahead? The experts from Cirium took a closer look

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Flight Simulation

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 10

In previous lessons, we became familiar with the basic navigation aids and some elementary holding techniques. This time, we continue to up the ante by moving into the dark and mysterious world of SIDs and STARs.

X-Plane touches down in Muscat

TaiModels has announced OOMS Muscat International Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Bora Bora Improvement Project now available or OrbxDirect

Scenery developer Cli4D Designs has released the Bora Bora Improvement Project for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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.