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Historic

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Fifty Years of the Biggles Biplane

Half a century ago, Charles Boddington took to the air from Sywell...

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

The SR53 was like no other aircraft ever built in the UK ...

Remembering Mark Hanna – extra pictures

The FlyPast pays tribute to OFMC’s Mark Hanna, an airshow legend who tragically lost his life 20 years ago this month.

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Flight return imminent for Canadian Avenger

The CWHM’s Avenger is almost ready for flight. DEREK MICKELOFF-CWHM...

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Phantom refurbishment begins at Bentwaters

McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV401 is being restored at Bentwaters...

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Military

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First Luftwaffe C-130J Super Hercules takes flight

Lockheed Martin has flown the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules for the German Luftwaffe. The aircraft, serial number 55+01 (c/n 5930), made its maiden flight from Marietta, Georgia, on November 8

50th KC-46A delivery is one of first two for McGuire

A further milestone in the US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus programme has been reached with delivery of the first two aircraft to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), New Jersey, for the 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings (AMWs). These were the 49th and 50th KC-46A deliveries

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The story of Boeing's problematic KC-46 Pegasus programme

Over budget and besieged with problems, Boeing’s KC-46 Pegasus continues to come under scrutiny. Tom Kaminski provides a timely update

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Commercial

Israel’s Cypriot training

MILITARY ISRAEL’s CYPRIOT TRAINING Babak Taghvaee reports...

More AW109s for Sloane Helicopters

Sloane helicopters has been the exclusive distributor of Leonardo...

Turboprop times

According to ATR, more than one third of the world’s commercial...

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Ultra-low Emission Zone Announced at Heathrow

THE UK’S only hub airport has announced tough plans to protect...

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Frankfurt Airport Celebrates Expansion Milestone

OPERATING COMPANY Fraport has laid the cornerstone of Frankfurt...

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Flight Simulation

TFFJ – St Barts for X-Plane

Saint Barthélemy Airport (TFFJ) in the Caribbean is famous for its steep descent over a hilltop and short landing strip. Consequently, the largest aircraft allowed to operate to the airport is the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 Twin Otter.

Prepar3D version 4-ready

Over the past few months, a number of major publishers and developers...

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DHC-2 Beaver

Chris Frishmuth fulfils his dream of becoming a bush pilot…...

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Southport Air Show

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Southport, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "The annual Air Show takes place on Southport beach and is a weekend packed with entertainment! If you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids, as well as the flying programme, there is plenty of things to do on the ground. From flight simulators, static aircraft to explore, climbing walls, assault courses and plenty more!"

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."