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Historic

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De Havilland at 100: Fatal Success

Tony Buttler delves into the story of de Havilland’s radical ‘bat jet’...

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Life Through a Lens

Air-to-Air PhotographyRegular FlyPast contributor Darren Harbar...

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DESERT WINGS

Erwan de Cherisey profiles the little-known Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Saqr Al-Jazeera
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What makes the Spitfire so good?

Antony Parkinson MBE might have done over 1000 hours in both the Eurofighter Typhoon and F4 Phantom, but he rates the Spitfire as one of the greatest aeroplanes he’s ever flown. Here’s why

The cost of a Spitfire (it’ll make your eyes water)

Back in the 1940s, it’s said that a Spitfire would be £5,000 to make. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to what one would set you back now…

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Military

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BASE REPORT: French presence at Djibouti

Djibouti calls the tune for French forces in the Horn of Africa, offering a secure base in a volatile region. Combat Aircraft Journal was granted exclusive access in January 2022

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 87

Welcome to the 87th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Unit Report: Portugal's Falcões & Jaguares

As the Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, Esquadra 201 and 301, operating the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon, continues to be the tip of the spear. Key's Josef Campion visits the two units in Monte Real

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Commercial

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Rising to the Challenge

James Wyatt, general manager of Germany-based air cargo consultancy, aeroconcept, analyses...

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Ultimate Airports: Funchal

The Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira is 400 miles west of the African coast of Morocco...

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Ultimate Airports: Paro

Situated at ‘the rooftop of the world’, the Himalayan nation of Bhutan...

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Ultimate Airports: Rio de Janeiro/Santos Dumont

Rio de Janeiro is a city that needs little introduction...

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Ultimate Airports: Tegucigalpa/Toncontín

Located in the heart of Central America, five miles (8km) from downtown Tegucigalpa...

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Flight Simulation

PC Pilot Issue 125 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the January/February 2020 issue.

X-Plane Mobile with Global Scenery Now Available

The latest update to X-Plane Mobile is now available on Android and iOS.

Düsseldorf for X-Plane

JustSim has released Düsseldorf Airport EDDL V2 for X-Plane 11

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."

Wales Airshow

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Swansea, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "Over two days, some of the best pilots and flying display in the world use the natural amphitheatre of Swansea Bay to show their stuff, pulling off incredible aerial acrobatics. From jets to helicopters, it’s two days of the year not to be missed. And even better – it’s free!"

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 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."

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!"