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Historic

The World’s Greatest Spitfire collection, part 2

Covid has temporarily scuppered organised tours of the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, so we went to have a mooch ourselves to give you a feel for it. Here’s the second part of our guided tour…

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De Havilland at 100: Fatal Success

Tony Buttler delves into the story of de Havilland’s radical ‘bat jet’...

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Life Through a Lens

Air-to-Air PhotographyRegular FlyPast contributor Darren Harbar...

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DESERT WINGS

Erwan de Cherisey profiles the little-known Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Saqr Al-Jazeera
Aviation Museum...

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Above and Beyond: Tom Bennett

Navigator Tom Bennett played a key role in 617 Squadron’s bombing success...

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Military

USMC F/A-18C unit VMFA-312 deploy to Poland

After participating in major multinational NATO training exercise, Cold Response 22, Boeing F/A-18C Hornets from USMC VMFA-312 ‘Checkerboards’ have deployed to Lask Air Base in Poland

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Stingers and UAVs part of latest US package to Ukraine

The latest round of military aid deliveries from the US to Ukraine will include Stinger man-portable air defence systems and uncrewed aerial vehicles, as potential Russian war crimes in the country are uncovered

First Russian Su-35S Flanker shot down in Ukraine

Images and videos have been circulating online of the wreckage of a Russian Su-35S that has reportedly been shot down by Ukraine defence forces on April 3

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Commercial

Delta Accelerates Fleet Retirements

In an effort to reduce cash burn amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Air Lines has revealed that it will retire all its Boeing 777s from its fleet by the end of 2020. Bosses at the firm have described the move as “strategic” saying they are making “cost-effective” changes to respond to the impact of the pandemic.

Boom Supersonic Mounts Wings to XB-1 Demonstrator

Denver-based start-up Boom Supersonic has successfully mounted the wings to the fuselage of its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft. The process is the next step in the company’s journey to develop a scale version of its production supersonic passenger airliner Overture.

Schiphol Trials ‘TaxiBot’ Semi-Robotic Taxiing System

One of Europe’s busiest airports has used the slowdown in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to test out a new way of getting aircraft from the gate to the runway. TaxiBot, which has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is a pilot-controlled tow vehicle that allows the aircraft’s engines to remain turned off during the taxi, consequently producing fuel savings.

Azul Announces Embraer E2 Deferral

Brazilian carrier Azul Airlines has reached an agreement with Embraer to defer the delivery of 59 E195-E2s until at least 2024. Deliveries of the next generation narrowbodies were expected to start this year and continue through to 2023.

IATA: Two Thirds of Travellers Won’t Fly with Quarantine Rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to find alternatives to arrival quarantine measures, after a survey it conducted found that 69% of travellers would not consider flying if it involved a 14-day isolation period.

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Flight Simulation

Grand Caravan for X-Plane Ready for Take-Off

Carenado has released the C208B Grand Caravan EX G1000 version for X-Plane 11.

Thunder in the Air

The DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks is now available for download on the DCS World e-Shop and Steam.

Gothenburg Landvetter Released

Orbx has announced ESGG Gothenburg Landvetter Airport for Prepar3D v4 is now available.

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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."