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Historic

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VICTORY 75: NORWEGIAN NEMESIS

To the victor, the spoils — but also, after the end of World War Two in Europe...

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DATABASE: FAIREY FIREFLY

Database puts the spotlight on Fairey Firefly...

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THE AEROPLANE News from August 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered the momentous events of 1940...

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WARBIRDS: BOOM AND ZOOM

Reflections on owning and flying Europe’s only Boomerang...

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Britain's Aircraft Carrier Conundrum

America, the leading western superpower, pleaded with Britain...

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Military

BREAKING: Indonesia to buy 42 Rafales

Indonesia has ordered 42 “latest-generation” Rafales which was announced at a ceremony today (February 10) in Jakarta, as previously reported by Key.Aero.

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Ukraine air assets outmatched against Russia

The weaknesses of Ukraine’s air defence capabilities would leave any attempt to launch an aerial counterattack to a Russian invasion of its territory as vulnerable given Moscow’s qualitative and quantitative advantages

Second flight test of AARGM-ER missile deemed a success

Northrop Grumman has announced the completion of the second flight test of its AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range launched from an F/A-18 Super Hornet at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of California

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Commercial

RwandAir Reports Strong Chinese Demand

RWANDAIR HAS revealed that more than 11,000 passengers flew with...

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Indian airline SpiceJet has added new international and domestic...

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Masters of Repatriation

Dealing with customers motivated almost solely by price and competing with not-for-profit organisations is a tall order, but Flight Ambulance International (FAI) has been doing just that for 30 years.

SR Technics Secures Ukrainian Contract

Swiss-based MRO provider SR Technics has been awarded a seven-year exclusive engine maintenance contract

Virgin Atlantic Eyes Manchester Hub

VIRGIN ATLANTIC plans to expand its presence at Manchester

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Flight Simulation

Paderborn for X-Plane available

Aerosoft has released its home airport, Paderborn-Lippstadt for X-Plane 11.

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Baron’s Combat Corner: Part One

Falcon – A History of a classic combat flight simulation

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DCS: F-14 Tomcat

Is this the best module ever produced for DCS World?

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

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!"

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Southport Air Show

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Southport, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "The annual Air Show takes place on Southport beach and is a weekend packed with entertainment! If you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids, as well as the flying programme, there is plenty of things to do on the ground. From flight simulators, static aircraft to explore, climbing walls, assault courses and plenty more!"

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."