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Pilot Report: North American NA-64 Yale

The NA-64 Yale is a close relative of the more famous Harvard...

Yorkshire Air Museum Receives DCMS Culture Recovery Grant

The historic WWII site of the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial has been awarded £312,531 under the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

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Aeroplane November 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

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DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - DEVELOPMENT

How Spain came to fit a German fighter with a British engine...

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WORKSHOP: Nursed back to health

With the addition of Spitfire IXT TE308 to its fleet...

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Military

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

Production of first two RNZAF Poseidons gets underway

The Royal New Zealand Air Force's first and second P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are now being manufactured by Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems teams in the US

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Inside the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron

Operating the C-130J Hercules, the Franco-German Joint Tactical Airlift Squadron is the first bi-national unit of its kind in Europe. Babak Taghvee investigates

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Commercial

Work Begins on World's First A380 Freighter

German MRO provider Lufthansa Technik has revealed that it is conducting its first operational change on an Airbus A380. The firm is supporting an undisclosed customer with a passenger-to-freight conversion of the type, as the COVID-19 pandemic fuels a global cargo capacity shortfall.

Qantas Places Project Sunrise on Hold

Australian flag carrier Qantas has shelved its plan to launch a series of new record-breaking nonstop routes and will review its international fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel.

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic Announces Radical Survival Plan

Virgin Atlantic has revealed plans to cut up to a third of its workforce, ground its Boeing 747s immediately and close its Gatwick base as the airline scales back its operations in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Norwegian Shareholders Approve Rescue Plan

Investors of the embattled carrier Norwegian Air have voted in favour of a plan which will see the airline convert its debt to equity in a bid to secure its future amid the COVID-19 crisis. The approval will also unlock the rest of a NOK 3bn (£230m) bailout package from the Norwegian government.

Which Aircraft is Leaving Air Canada with Immediate Effect?

In a bid to reduce its costs, Air Canada is accelerating the retirement of 79 older aircraft from its fleet including the Boeing 767, Airbus A319 and Embraer E190, with the latter exiting immediately. The decision comes as the flag carrier revealed a C$1bn (£599m) net loss for the first quarter, compared to a C$345m (£197m) profit for the same period last year.

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Flight Simulation

Winter Wonderland Coming to Prepar3D

Orbx has revealed they are working on ESGG Gothenburg Landvetter Airport for P3Dv4.

Cessna 150 Commuter Ready for Take-Off

Vflyteair Simulations has released a new Cessna 150 Commuter for X-Plane 11.

New Albanian Destination Out Now

TropicalSim has released Tirana LATI 2020 for FSX and Prepar3D.

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RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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."