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French photo-mapping B-17s that flew on into the 1980s

As of 1960, aircraft belonging to France’s Institut Géographique National had reputedly performed photo-mapping of more than 60 per cent of the world. A fleet of B-17 Flying Fortresses contributed much to this impressive feat, and the IGN kept them operating until the eighties, from the North Pole to deepest Africa 

Plans to restore Newark Chinook gather pace

Volunteers at Newark Air Museum have started to fabricate missing and damaged items for Chinook HC.1 ZA717, which arrived at the Nottinghamshire attraction in 2018.

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Army Flying Museum to put Apache AH1 on display

The Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop in Hampshire will soon have an Apache AH1 attack helicopter on permanent display, making it the only place in the UK where the public can see the variant.

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Peashooter back in Californian skies

Boeing P-26A ‘Peashooter’ 33-123 (NX3378G) made its first public flight in nearly five years on March 2 at Chino, California.

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Abingdon air show postponed

The annual Abingdon Air & Country Show, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Abingdon Airfield in Oxfordshire, has been postponed due to exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the organisers.

First visit of a KC-135 to the Mach Loop

A US Air Force 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker undertook a low-level training sortie yesterday evening (May 9, 2024), which for the first time included the Mach Loop in Wales.

Plans to restore Newark Chinook gather pace

Volunteers at Newark Air Museum have started to fabricate missing and damaged items for Chinook HC.1 ZA717, which arrived at the Nottinghamshire attraction in 2018.

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AAIB releases eVTOL VA-1X Kemble accident report

On May 2, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into the August 9, 2023 accident involving Vertical Aerospace VA-1X G-EVTL at Cotswold Airport (Kemble) in Gloucestershire.

Aerobility adds Cornwall Airport Newquay to flying locations

Flying lessons for people with disabilities will be available from Cornwall Airport Newquay for a limited time in August 2024.

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Manchester Airport adds new airlines and routes

Manchester Airport is seeing the start and return of several new routes with the introduction of the summer 2024 airline schedule, with new destinations to Asia, Africa and Europe.

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First European women’s football team special scheme airliner

FC Barcelona and Vueling have revealed the design of the new ‘Barça Women aeroplane’, marking the first time a women's football team in Europe has had an airliner painted with their image.

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Flight Simulation

Singapore for MSFS now available

Scenery developer, imaginesim has announced WSSS Singapore is out now.

DCS: CH-47F takes flight

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: CH-47F is now available for pre-purchase.

Active Sky FS for MSFS out now

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

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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."

CANCELLED - Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

CANCELLED - The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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."