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Historic

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NIGHTLIFE

RAF IN THE COLD WAR Meteor NF pilotBy the late 1950s, even the...

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EXACTING VENGEANCE

WW2 HISTORY Operation ‘Vengeance’For years, the issue of...

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EARLY ALPHA JET TO TOULOUSE

Despite ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an...

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Hangar Talk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s...

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NOT THE WEAPONS OF CHOICE

RAF IN THE COLD WAR Blue Steel and SkyboltSince June 1968, large...

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Military

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What is the real TOPGUN like?

The long-awaited sequel to the movie Top Gun will be a Hollywood depiction of what happens at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School. Jamie Hunter and Richard Collens tell the story of the real TOPGUN — a school of combat excellence in the high desert

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet vs Super Hornet: what's the difference?

Tom Kaminski assesses the US Navy’s Hornets and Super Hornets and compares their capabilities.

Second Iwakuni-based F-35B squadron declares Full Operational Capability

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 has reached Full Operational Capability and is ready to support its full complement of intended missions

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Commercial

When Boeing made a mini 747

Stretching more than 70 metres, the Boeing 747 is one of the longest aircraft in the world. Then they chopped 20 metres off the end…

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DC-10 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Firefighting ’10s

Even though the DC-10 last carried commercial passengers in 2014...

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Melbourne Airport: Handling the COVID Crisis

Melbourne is projected to become Australia’s most populous city...

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Aegean Airlines: Southern European Star

From small beginnings, Aegean Airlines has grown significantly...

JetBlue Pushes Back London Services

US airline JetBlue announces it has delayed the start of its highly awaited transatlantic services

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Flight Simulation

Prepar3D v5 Available Now

Lockheed Martin has announced the latest update to Prepar3D is now released.

Boulder City Airport for Prepar3D Released

Orbx has announced 61B Boulder City Municipal Airport for Prepar3D version 4 is out.

PC Pilot Issue 127 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the May/June 2020 issue.

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Upcoming Events

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

Sheppard AFB - Sheppard Air Show

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Wichita Falls, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.