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Historic

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Remembering ‘The Few’

FlyPast reports from Aero Legends’ weather-stricken Battle of Britain Airshow...

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FlyPast December 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

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B-25 OLD GLORY: Pacific Odyssey

As Laura DiRado explains, while most of this year’s end of World War Two anniversary events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

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HANDLEY PAGE HP.42: 'Built-in Headwind'

Ken Ellis explains why the Handley Page HP.42 was the Concorde of its day...

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The Autographed Bomber: 5,000th B-17

Jeff Huston explains how the 5,000th Boeing B-17 to leave the firm’s Seattle factory was signed...

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Military

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Grim Reapers' F-15s bow out of Europe

On April 27, 2022, the final four McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and flew west for their new assignment to the 131st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Municipal Airport.

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In photos: Ex Frisian Flag 2022

With many NATO fighter assets taking part at this years Frisian Flag, Key.Aero reports from the exercise

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UK to test drones for perimeter security roles

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to procure small multi-rotor uncrewed aerial systems for use in security purposes across its Logistic Support Operating Centre sites

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Commercial

Cessna SkyCourier Takes Flight

Textron has successfully flown its latest offering from the Cessna stable – the twin-turboprop 408 SkyCourier. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered freighter has been specifically developed to carry three LD3 unit load devices per the requirements of FedEx Express, which has orders for 50 examples and options to double that number.

O’Leary Fury at ‘State-Aided Junkies’

European low-cost carrier, Ryanair has said that it will use the COVID-19 crisis as a vehicle to reduce its cost base in a bid to emerge from the pandemic stronger. Michael O’Leary, the airline’s CEO told an investor conference call, attended by Airliner World, that it now had to compete with “state-aided junkies” such as Alitalia and Lufthansa which he said will be engaged in below cost selling once flying resumes.

Delta Accelerates Fleet Retirements

In an effort to reduce cash burn amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Air Lines has revealed that it will retire all its Boeing 777s from its fleet by the end of 2020. Bosses at the firm have described the move as “strategic” saying they are making “cost-effective” changes to respond to the impact of the pandemic.

Boom Supersonic Mounts Wings to XB-1 Demonstrator

Denver-based start-up Boom Supersonic has successfully mounted the wings to the fuselage of its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft. The process is the next step in the company’s journey to develop a scale version of its production supersonic passenger airliner Overture.

Schiphol Trials ‘TaxiBot’ Semi-Robotic Taxiing System

One of Europe’s busiest airports has used the slowdown in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to test out a new way of getting aircraft from the gate to the runway. TaxiBot, which has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is a pilot-controlled tow vehicle that allows the aircraft’s engines to remain turned off during the taxi, consequently producing fuel savings.

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Flight Simulation

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SAAB 340 Flight Adventure

Just occasionally, an aircraft design that may have been deemed to have run its course is resurrected because of a confluence of factors. This perfectly sums up our classic aircraft for this issue – the Saab 340 twin turboprop regional airliner…

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Carenado’s F50

Fokker’s turboprop airliner

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Just Flight Interview

Classic jetliners in development.

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RAF Cosford Air Show

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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."