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Historic

Wally’s War

In this week’s MyPast, we hear part 2 of Wally Layne’s wartime story. David Layne tells of some of his father’s key movements before the events that lead to his unfortunate capture…

FlyPast Podcast Episode 6

This week we speak to writer and aviation historian Paul Crickmore about the book he co-wrote, analysing the Battle of Britain from the Luftwaffe's perspective.

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FlyPast March 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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Pioneering through the decades: 1900-1970

In 1903, man managed to stay airborne for a few seconds. By 1970, we were able to fly to the moon. What important pioneers played a part in assisting toward this incredible achievement? We look at key moments over the decades…

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Short flying boats ‘down under’

I was pleased to see the photos of Short Sunderland G-BJHS at Tower Bridge in the January issue...

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Military

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Combat Aircraft Journal July 2022

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RAF surges reserve Voyagers into service as operational demands grow

For the first time, the RAF has surged two reserve Airbus A330-243 Voyager KC2/KC3 Multi-Role Tanker Transports – operated by the AirTanker consortium – into active service to cater for growing operational demands over Eastern Europe

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When an RAF Phantom shot down a 14 Sqn Jaguar

May 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the RAF Phantom fleet’s one and only air-to-air ‘kill’. But, as Ian Black reveals, it was not a celebrated event

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Commercial

The 5 Reasons Why The Airbus A380 Is On The Way Out 

It was technical masterpiece that both pilot and passenger loved, but it didn’t do what any commercial venture needs to: make money. Thomas Haynes details why one of Airbus’ largest gambles hasn’t paid off.

Icelandair 'Unsacks' All Its Cabin Crew

Reykjavik-based Icelandair has reversed a decision which would have seen it fire all its cabin crew and make pilots look after the passengers.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Global Boeing 737/747 Fleets

The COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns pushed airlines into a hibernation phase. As they begin emerging, global fleet data reveals exactly what impact the pandemic has had on two of the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft, the Boeing 737 and iconic 747.

Seven of the World’s Most Amazing Runways

Runways come in many different forms and vary greatly in their characteristics. Whether they’re perched on the side of a mountain, are made from sand or are short enough to make landing difficult, the following seven runways some of the most amazing in the world.

Gallery: British Airways' Jumbo Journey

To mark the day that British Airways retired its final Boeing 747s, Key.Aero has put together a gallery of images which illustrate the type's long history with the flag carrier.

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Flight Simulation

Paris-Ile de France for Aerofly FS 2

VFR France has released its first Aerofly FS 2 add-on - Paris-Ile de France VFR.

SR22 Takes Flight in X-Plane

Chilean developer, Carenado has annouced the SR22 GTSX Turbo for X-Plane 11 is out now.

Dundee For Prepar3D Out Now

Orbx has released EGPN Dundee Airport for Prepar3D version 4.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

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".

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow