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Historic

WIN A Spitfire Flight worth £2975!

Flypast, Aeroplane Monthly and Britain at War magazines have teamed up with Spitfires.com to give one lucky reader the chance to win a flight in a Spitfire.

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South Korea bids farewell to the F-4 Phantom

As the Republic of Korea Air Force marked the end for the venerable F-4, Dino van Doorn was at the official retirement ceremony in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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Golden Age SPAD replica airborne

Twelve years after construction began, the Golden Age Air Museum SPAD XIII replica made its first flight proper from the grass strip at Bethel, Pennsylvania on 15 June, the machine having made a brief hop in early November last year.

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Spitfire export gets Turkish scheme

Following its arrival in Turkey on 27 May, Ali Ismet Öztürk’s recently acquired Supermarine Spitfire IX TE517/G-RYIX had been painted into Turkish Air Force markings at the MSÖ Air & Space Museum at Sivrihisar, 85 miles south-west of Ankara, by mid-June.

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Boscombe Down Lightning testing: two ETPS pilots reflect on their experiences

Two graduates of the Empire Test Pilots’ School look back on their Lightning experiences at Boscombe Down

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Military

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South Korea bids farewell to the F-4 Phantom

As the Republic of Korea Air Force marked the end for the venerable F-4, Dino van Doorn was at the official retirement ceremony in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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Metrea acquires French air force Stratotanker fleet

Metrea has completed the acquisition of the French Air and Space Force’s (FASF) KC-/C-135 aerial refuelling fleet.

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RAF joins major exercises in Indo-Pacific

The Royal Air Force has sent aircraft and personnel to participate in two major exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Commercial

Lufthansa Group purchase of ITA Airways stake approved

The European Commission (EC) has granted approval for the Lufthansa Group to acquire a 41% stake in ITA Airways with the view to a complete takeover in due course.

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FlyOne Armenia returns to Düsseldorf

FlyOne Armenia has resumed flights between Yerevan and Düsseldorf in Germany.

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Aurigny sells Embraer E195

Aurigny’s sole Embraer E195 has been sold to US-lessor Azorra.

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Embraer E190 freighter to debut at Farnborough  

Embraer will present its E190F, the new passenger-to-cargo conversion of the E190 regional jet, for the first time in public at the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow.

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Gatwick adds new routes for the summer

London Gatwick Airport’s busy summer period features a range of new routes.

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Flight Simulation

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PC Pilot Issue 152

Issue 152 July-August of PC Pilot in page-turning format features a review of SC Designs’ 1960s fighter F-5E Tiger II for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Halifax Stanfield Airport for MSFS upgraded

FSimStudios has released version 2 of CYHZ Halifax Stanfield International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Just Flight has announced the PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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!"