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Historic

Historic Quiz: Aircraft nicknames

Across the annals of flight aircraft have been bestowed unofficial nicknames – some pleasant, others not so much – by those that flew or maintained them, worked on them. But do you know the often-forgotten nicknames for these types?

Spitfire Flight Test

In a recent re-issue of a special magazine by Key Publishing featuring military aircraft flight tests, Dave Unwin takes aloft the legendary Spitfire

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Back to life – Mustang reborn in New Zealand

The term ‘time capsule’ is often used to describe World War Two restoration projects, but a New Zealand-based North American P-51D Mustang has such provenance that its claim is perhaps greater than most

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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

‘Jersey Jerk’ public debut confirmed!

The UK’s newest Mustang to appear at night photoshoot

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Military

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Turkey’s first fifth-gen Kaan fighter takes flight

Turkey’s first domestically developed manned combat aircraft – which is now dubbed the Kaan (formerly known as the TF-X) – graced the skies for the first time on February 21, when it completed its maiden flight from Akinci Air Base near Ankara

US Navy surges Greyhounds to cover CMV-22B capability gap

The fatal crash of a USAF CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor off the coast of Japan on November 29, 2023, led to an extended fleet-wide grounding, severely impacting US Navy carrier operations as the CMV-22B was increasingly being used for logistics and resupply duties in its new carrier onboard delivery (COD) role

RAF Voyagers on patrol

An article from the AirForces Monthly Yearbook 2024, where Alan Warnes interviews the Officer Commanding of 101 Sqn about the increased taskings of the RAF’s Voyagers since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine

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Commercial

Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky.

United support for SAF

Air New Zealand and Embraer are among the companies to have joined the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, an effort to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investments in start-ups.

European expansion for flydubai

Low-cost Emirati carrier flydubai is expanding its network further into Europe with the launch of four new routes. From August, the carrier will become the first UAE airline to operate services to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, serving the border region of France, Germany and Switzerland.

Global’s first A380 takes flight

The first ‘fully acquired’ Airbus A380 of UK start-up Global Airlines has taken to the skies. The former China Southern Airlines example, re-registered 9H-GLOBL (c/n 120), carried out a 20-minute test flight from Mojave Airport, California.

Volotea goes big in 2024

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has announced plans to increase its fleet and expand its network in 2024 after achieving “historic financial margins” in 2023.

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Flight Simulation

Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade now available for free

Eagle Dynamics has released the Flaming Cliffs 3 upgrade for DCS World for free.

X-Plane 12.1.0 incoming

Laminar Research has announced X-Plane 12.1.0 is due to be released imminently, adding a host of new features and improvements.

Anacortes Airport for MSFS released

The latest Pacific Northwest destination from Orbx is 74S Anacortes Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulators.

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Upcoming Events

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

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."

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

Abingdon Air & Country Show

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Air and country show

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."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."