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Historic

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Royal flypast - how the BBMF prepared for a royal salute

In June, Britain’s Armed Forces staged a remarkable flypast to mark the King’s Birthday Parade, with participation from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Luke Bimm reflects on the preparations for this jubilant occasion

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Blackbird - what was it like to fly the legendary SR-71?

Former USAF Lt Col Bredette Thomas recalls his time with Lockheed’s ‘Lady in Black’ during the fearful days of the Cold War – a story of avoiding fighters and surface-to-air missiles, staying ahead of the Soviets, meteorites and diverts…

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Aviation News October 2023

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Albatros on show at new Polish Army Museum

Reproduction D.III in Polish unit markings a prime exhibit in Warsaw-based collection

Famed B-25 warbird returning to Europe

‘Grumpy’ being prepared for trans-Atlantic flight following sale to new owner

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Military

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First Dutch ‘Vipers’ arrive in Romania for Ukrainian F-16 pilot training

As preparations continue to be made for the training of Ukrainian Air Force air/ground crews on the Fighting Falcon, the Royal Netherlands Air Force delivered the first batch of its F-16AM/BM (MLU) fighters to the newly established European F-16 Training Centre (EFTC) at the Romanian Air Force’s 86th Air Base in Borcea, Romania, on November 7

Kadena Air Base welcomes first of several USAF MQ-9As

On October 13, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, greeted the first of several USAF-operated MQ-9A Reaper unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) that are scheduled to deploy to the base, which is also referred to as the ‘Keystone of the Pacific’

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USAF’s new B-21 Raider stealth bomber soars into American skies

The USAF and Northrop Grumman marked a major key milestone in the development and testing of the B-21 Raider on November 10, when the new sixth-generation stealth bomber – which is intended to be the successor to both the B-1B Lancer and B-2A Spirit – graced American skies for the first time

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Commercial

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Can China's new COMAC C919 truly rival the A320 and 737?

China has succeeded in pressing into service an indigenously built jet airliner – the COMAC C919. Mark Broadbent details its design and development and ponders its prospects

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How does Iran evade sanctions to acquire western aircraft?

Two former French Air and Space Force Airbus A340-200s have recently appeared in Iran. Babak Taghvaee details the long, delicate process that the heavily sanctioned state takes to acquire western aircraft

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Transatlantic air travel resurgence: The key routes and emerging trends

With air travel over the Pond enjoying rapid growth once again, the experts at Cirium take a closer look at the key routes and emerging trends in this critical market

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Meet MYAirline: the carrier taking on AirAsia in its back yard

At first glance, starting a new airline during the height of a global pandemic does not seem like the best idea, and doing so in the back yard of Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier even less so. And yet, this is exactly what industry veteran Rayner Teo and entrepreneur Dato Goh Hwan Hua did. Dirk Grothe ventured to Kuala Lumpur to get the inside track on Malaysia’s newest player, MYAirline

The Ultimate Cargo Airlines Logo Quiz

And now, as they say, for something completely different. 10 logos again this week for you to guess – but they’re all cargo airlines. Are they current? Are they defunct? That’s for you to work out. How will you do?

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Flight Simulation

KSAN for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developers BMWorld and AmSim have teamed up to release San Diego International for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Laminar announces roadmap for X-Plane 12.0.8

Following the release of X-Plane 12.07, which added lower VRAM usage, new clouds with improved rendering and OpenXR integration, Laminar Research has now revealed its plans for X-Plane 120.8.

iniBuilds releases Southampton Airport for MSFS

The latest UK destination from iniBuilds is Southampton Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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."

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".

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. 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."

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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 Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."