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Slovak museum adds MiG-29 Fulcrum

The Slovakian Military History Museum (SMHM) in Piešťany has added Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum 5304 to its collection

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Last operational Belgian Starfighter on display at B&B

At Bilzen, Belgium, 20-odd miles north of Liège, Luc Degens has completed restoration of the last Lockheed F-104G Starfighter to fly with the Belgian Air Force, serial FX99 (c/n 9172).

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Mi-24 Hind restored by Czech museum

Former Czech Air Force Mil Mi-24D Hind ‘0220’ has undergone a complete restoration to virtually as new condition in the Czech Republic.

Demoiselle replica goes on show in Finland

A full-scale replica Demoiselle No 20 recently went on display at the Tuulonen shopping centre, between the cities of Tampere and Lahti, next to the historic Douglas DC-2

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Insights into the running of Old Warden airshows

Following his recent retirement, Bob Barton reflects on the challenges and triumphs of arranging airshows at Old Warden, home of the Shuttleworth Collection

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Military

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RAF F-35 role demonstration explained

With the RAF performing an F-35B Lightning II ‘role demonstration’ at a number of UK airshows, AFM spoke to Gp Capt John ‘Butch’ Butcher, Commander of the UK’s Lightning Force about what airshow-goers can expect

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Final Czech Hinds head to Ukraine

The Czech Air Force (CzAF) quietly bid a fond farewell to its remaining Mi-24/35 Hind attack helicopters on March 21, when the last two Mi-35 Hind-Es that were destined for delivery to the Ukrainian Armed Forces departed Náměšt nad Oslavou Air Base for Ukraine.

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CH-53K ferries F-35C from Maryland to New Jersey

A USMC CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter recently transferred an inoperable F-35C Lightning II airframe from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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Commercial

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IAG shifts A321XLR debut to Iberia

Iberia will be the first operator of the Airbus A321XLR. The Spanish carrier said it expects its initial example of the new long-range A321neo variant “later this summer”.

IATA Airline Codes Quiz

Test your knowledge of IATA two-letter airline codes

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Sir Richard Branson’s reflections on 40 years of Virgin Atlantic

Exclusively for Airliner World, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, describes in his own words why the carrier has not just survived but thrived over the last four decades

JetBlue and BA seek codeshare

JetBlue Airways is planning to implement a codeshare arrangement with British Airways to link networks and sell flights within the US and between London and Europe.

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Delta Air Lines A350 delivered in Team USA scheme

Celebrations took place in Toulouse, France, when Delta Air Lines unveiled its Team USA-themed Airbus A350.

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Flight Simulation

OV-10 Bronco takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer AzurPoly has announced the OV-10 Bronco for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

NAS Key West Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Skydesigners has released KNQX NAS Key West Airport v2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Lisbon Airport for MSFS now available

The latest destination from FeelThere is LPPT Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Established in 1977, the airshow returns in 2024 for its 44th edition.

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days

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Mošnov, Czechia

The event website states: "The main programme, taking place at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, features heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces’ training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units."