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Historic

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Mercure: Dassault’s Wing Messenger

The Dassault Mercure has the sad distinction of probably being the world’s least successful airliner...

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Aviation News October 2020

Welcome to Aviation News October 2020

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Glory Days in New York: JFK in the 1960s

The terraces at New York’s Idlewild Airport, renamed John F Kennedy International in December 1963...

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Varig Rise and Fall

Founded in the 1920s, Varig became Brazil’s biggest and best-known airline...

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Twin Otter: Part 1 – The de Havilland Canada Years

The Twin Otter has many claims to fame, but one fact stands out...

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Military

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A deep look into special forces aviation

The daring missions of multiple nations special operations forces behind enemy lines are invariably dependent on airlift – fixed or rotary wing – to get them safely to their targets and then successfully bring them home. AFM investigates the can-do mindset and unique skills of special forces aviators

USMC Harriers arrive for major exercise

Ten US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers IIs of VMA-223 arrived at Bodø Main Air Station in Norway on March 3 to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR 22). The exercise is to run from March 14 to 31 for which the USMC has deployed a sizeable force to the Scandinavian country

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Inside the US Special Forces mission that eliminated Haji Abdullah

We describe the US Army Special Forces’ mission to track down and eliminate the so-called Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi

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Commercial

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Flight school: Emirates style

Richard Schuurman travels to the Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai...

Still up in the air

Plans for a controversial third runway at Heathrow have been ruled illegal...

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Tour de Force: The British Airtours Story

In the first of a two-part feature, David Ransted looks back at the early days of British Airtours...

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The 757 conundrum: why this airliner is not easily replaceable

The multi-purpose Boeing 757 remains peerless four decades after its first flight. Mark Broadbent charts the history of the ‘Swiss army penknife’ of aviation and considers operator options to replace the enduring all-rounder.

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Stranded in a Soviet time capsule

Bernd Sturm reflects on a trip to the land that time forgot...

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Flight Simulation

Traffic Global Released

Just Flight has announced the Windows version of Traffic Global for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Kota Kinabalu for X-Plane Out Now

JustAsia has released its first Malaysian destination, WBKK – Kota Kinabalu Airport for X-Plane 11.

Malpensa Released

The latest Italian destination to be released by Aerosoft is Milano Malpensa for X-Plane 11.

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Upcoming Events

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".

IWM 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."

IWM Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."