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Historic

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Aspiring aeronautical engineer tackles Buccaneer project

The cockpit section of former Royal Navy (RN) Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XN979 has recently been taken on by the mother and son team of Carolyn and Marcus Cordran for restoration at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (SYAM) in Doncaster...

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Pearl Harbor Warhawk arrives at new home

The last fully restored and airworthy fighter that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, has arrived at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts, and is now on display...

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A drive along the North Kent coast

Ken Ellis follows the Thames Estuary to discover this south eastern county’s pioneering heritage...

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American Zero project approaches completion

“News and narrative on the latest heritage aircraft rejuvenation”

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The exciting story of a Caribou pilot

“The Caribou isn’t a stable aeroplane, flying it was like balancing on top of a pin and you couldn’t take your hands off the stick..."

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Military

Royal Norwegian Air Force P-8A Poseidon News Premium

Norway receives final P-8A Poseidon

Norway has taken delivery of its fifth and final Boeing P-8A Poseidon. The aircraft, 9586 (c/n 66114/9026. FMS BuNo 169586, ex N688DS) Munin was handed over to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) and flown to Evenes Air Station, Norway, on May 27

Libya orders Hurkus C

A CONTRACT for the purchase of an unspecified number of Turkish TAI Hurkus C close air support and training aircraft has been signed by the Libyan Air Force (LAF), with the backing of the Libyan Government.

TOPGUN shares access to the Super Hornet with NAWDC’s other components, but on occasion borrows aircraft from other units. Those include VFA-106, one of which squadron’s F/A-18Fs is seen here during a training mission at El Centro, California. US Navy Feature Premium

The F/A-18 Super Hornet: the star of Top Gun Maverick

Like the Hornet before it, the Super Hornet’s arrival into US Navy service was via a somewhat unusual route. Today it delivers world-class capability from the carrier deck

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Commercial

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Global Boeing 737/747 Fleets

The COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns pushed airlines into a hibernation phase. As they begin emerging, global fleet data reveals exactly what impact the pandemic has had on two of the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft, the Boeing 737 and iconic 747.

Seven of the World’s Most Amazing Runways

Runways come in many different forms and vary greatly in their characteristics. Whether they’re perched on the side of a mountain, are made from sand or are short enough to make landing difficult, the following seven runways some of the most amazing in the world.

Gallery: British Airways' Jumbo Journey

To mark the day that British Airways retired its final Boeing 747s, Key.Aero has put together a gallery of images which illustrate the type's long history with the flag carrier.

The Airline Donald Trump Wants You to Forget

Casinos, aftershave, even steak - Donald Trump has tried his hand at many things. But one venture he wants you to forget is his brief and ultimately unsuccessful stint at running an airline. Thomas Haynes examines how it all came about, and what went wrong.

BA to Retire 747s with Immediate Effect

UK flag carrier British Airways has confirmed that it intends to withdraw the Boeing 747 from its fleet with immediate effect.

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Flight Simulation

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Released

JustSim has announced EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg for X-Plane-11 is now available.

Bergen Upgraded

Aerosoft has released version 1.03 of the X-Plane 11 version of Bergen XP.

PMDG 737NGXu 600/700 Expansion Pack Out Now

PMDG has released the 737NGXu 600/700 Expansion Package for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v4.4+.

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Upcoming Events

International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight

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Ayr, United Kingdom

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Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

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

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

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."