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Historic

The complete evolution of the Spitfire

Charting the development and evolution of Britain’s greatest fighter.

What made the Spitfire better than the Bf-109?

With nearly half its weight coming from the Merlin engine, the Spitfire’s light body gave it speed and manoeuvrability – two qualities that helped it defeat its Messerschmitt rival.

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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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Military

Australia scraps MQ-9B SkyGuardian acquisition plans

The Australian DoD has scrapped its planned acquisition of at least 12 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian armed, medium-range, long-endurance UAVs under Project AIR 7003

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Analysis: What MOD's Defence Equipment Plan means for the services

With the UK releasing its latest Defence Equipment Plan and the promise of additional funding, prospects, for once, look good for the services. However, will the maths add up? Richard Thomas reports

£360m contract signed for the Wildcat WIST programme

A total of 340 jobs are due to be sustained with Leonardo at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, and other companies due to a five-year £360m support and training contract being renewed with Leonardo Helicopters UK

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Commercial

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Aviation News June 2020

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CAL FIRE Aviation: The Golden State’s Flying Fire Department

Wildfire-prone California’s forestry and fire service has employed aircraft for firefighting since the 1950s...

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Air Malta: Small Airline, Big Ambitions

Air Malta has built up an extensive network and provides a lifeline to the island nation...

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Cessna’s ‘Push-Me Pull-You’ Skymasters

The Cessna 336 and 337 combined twin-engine performance with...

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Workhorses of the Rainforest: Douglas DC-3 Operations in Colombia

The DC-3 has long been a lifeline to communities in the Colombian interior...

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Flight Simulation

Archer TX/LX for X-Plane Takes Flight

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design have released the PA-28-181 Archer TX/LX for X-Plane 11.

Embraer E-Jet Family Version 3 Released

FeelThere has announced the Embraer E-Jet family V3 for Prepar3D is officially released.

Alderney for Prepar3D Out Now

The latest UK destination from Orbx is EGJA Alderney Airport for FSX and Prepar3D.

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Upcoming Events

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."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

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."

Abingdon Air & Country Show

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Air and country show

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."

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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."