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Historic

Roadworks could force Stow Maries airfield closure

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Europe's largest surviving World War One airfield, is facing permanent closure because the main access public road to the site has been closed without warning.

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Lake Michigan Grumman Wildcat restored for display

Staff at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have completed an 11-year restoration of Grumman FM-2 Wildcat 57039 (also see May 2024 issue of FlyPast).

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Sea Harrier and Lynx arrive in Falklands for display

The Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust (FINMT) has received BAE Systems Sea Harrier F/A.2 ZH801 and Westland Lynx HMA.8SRU XZ725 following an epic journey by the two aircraft from the United Kingdom to the South Atlantic.

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How the SR-71 Blackbird came to be based in Britain

It is now half a century since the first visit by a Lockheed SR-71 to UK shores, and the start of a link between Britain and ‘Blackbird’ that came almost to define the height of the Anglo-American bond. But the road to US Air Force SR-71 operations from Mildenhall was not always a smooth one 

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Scale replica Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ accident report released

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published its report into the fatal accident involving Spitfire Mk 26B G-CLHJ near Enstone in Oxfordshire on August 22, 2023.

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Military

The Monday Military Quiz 201

If you think you have good knowledge of RAF squadrons, try our quiz.

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Swedish Gripens and German Eurofighters team up for air combat training

Five JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters assigned to the Swedish Air Force’s F 7 Skaraborgs Flygflottilj (Wing) at Såtenäs Air Base (AB) in Sweden deployed to Rostock-Laage AB, Germany, between April 19-26.

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Brazil uses A-1Ms to assess flood damage

The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB; Brazilian Air Force) conducted a vital aerial reconnaissance mission over Rio Grande do Sul on May 9 in support of Operation Taquari 2 – a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operation that was launched after the Brazilian state was devastated by mass flooding.

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Commercial

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IndiGo acquires Airbus A350s

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900s, with deliveries expected from 2027.

Akasa Air earmarks international expansion

Akasa Air is expanding its international network, adding three new destinations to its route map – Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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Study reveals benefits of sustainable aviation fuel use

Airbus revealed in June 2024 that the world’s first in-flight study on the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft shows a large reduction in contrail formation and its associated warming effects.

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WestJet launches third transatlantic route to Edinburgh

Canadian carrier WestJet started a new transatlantic route on June 21 with the introduction of a summer seasonal flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Edinburgh.

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Arajet receives tenth Boeing 737 MAX as it eyes expansion

The Dominican Republic carrier Arajet has taken delivery of its tenth Boeing 737 MAX, HI1101, as it develops a programme of expansion across the Caribbean as well as North and South America.

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Flight Simulation

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

HiFi Simulation Technologies has released Active Sky FS for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen released

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Oslo-Gardermoen for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Flight simulator training – Mountain flying

In this lesson, we explore the incredible and scenic terrain of the Rocky Mountains and learn about the challenges of mountain flying.

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Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow