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Historic

Battle of Britain charity to commemorate 'the Many'

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is launching a ‘Blade of Honour’ project

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Forgotten hero - Lockheed Hudson in action

The Lockheed Hudson’s fighting career extended to all theatres of war – but history seems to have barely acknowledged this pugnacious campaigner. Andrew Thomas rights this wrong with an overview of the machine’s wartime service

Museum to mark Vulcan anniversary this weekend

Newark Air Museum in Nottinghamshire is hosting a special weekend to salute one of its most popular exhibits

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To Berlin in a Lancaster - a BBC war correspondent's view

In 1943, BBC correspondent Wynford Vaughan Thomas and his recording engineer Reg Pidsley survived a night-fighter encounter during a bomber raid on Berlin. Tom Allett recounts their story

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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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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

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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AIR International August 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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The incredible Boeing BBJ 777-9 cabin concept 'fit for a king'

Lufthansa Technik’s VVIP Boeing BBJ (or Boeing Business Jet) 777-9 concept is aimed squarely at the Middle East, as Ian Harbison discovers

London Gatwick Airport submits plans for dual runway operations

London Gatwick has submitted an application – known as a Development Consent Order (DCO) – to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), outlining its ambition to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

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The challenges of operating an Airbus A340 to Antarctica

It’s the world’s most inhospitable continent and the only one without any permanent residents, paved runways or regular airline services. Andreas Spaeth talks with White Desert CEO Patrick Woodhead about the challenges of operating an Airbus A340 to Antarctic

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Flight Simulation

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XIV: Central Eastern Europe

In this review, we explore the vast area of Central Eastern Europe and discover what the latest World Update from Microsoft has to offer.

VSKYLABS Hungarocopter HC-02 enters Early Access

Aircraft developer, VSKYLABS has announced the Hungarocopter HC-02 for X-Plane 12 is now available in Early Access.

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Thrustmaster’s Viper TQS Mission Pack  review

In this review, we take a look at the new Viper TQS Mission Pack from Thrustmaster. Designed to replicate the throttle quadrant of a real F-16 Viper, the pack consists of two units, the Viper TQS throttle and panel.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force 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."

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."

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."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow