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Historic

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Latest Mosquito to take to the skies: From the cockpit

Planes of Fame’s Steve Hinton spoke to FlyPast after flying the latest ‘Wooden Wonder’ to take to the skies

Former OFMC P-40E Kittyhawk flies in Australia

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk 41-25158, which many readers will remember from its days in the UK with the Old Flying Machine Company’s (OFMC) Breitling Fighters team when it was frequently flown by Ray Hanna, has now been delivered to a new owner in Australia.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sywell 2024 airshow

Some of the highlights of the Sywell 2024 airshow held over June 22-23.

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Dogfighting in the Phantom on detachment at Decimomannu

Former Phantom navigator Ian Black recalls his detachments to the ACMI ranges at Decimomannu, where he got the opportunity to push the Phantom against fighters from across NATO – including the undisputed king of air combat, the F-15 Eagle

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Kamikaze’s flight to London for the coronation of King George VI

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Historic Archives recently placed an aviation artefact of international importance on public display in Yokohama.

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Military

German Tornado unit planning to participate in Exercise Cobra Warrior

The RAF’s Exercise Cobra Warrior has attracted a wide range of participants and one of the most popular among enthusiasts has been German Air Force Tornados.

The Monday Military Quiz 199

Test your military aviation knowledge.

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Lessons learned: NATO’s Kosovo air campaign 25 years on

In the early hours of March 24, 1999, NATO aircraft began attacking targets across Yugoslavia. Serbian forces withdrew from Kosovo three months later and 700,000 ethnic Albanian refugees returned home. Tim Ripley examines lessons learnt from Operation Allied Force

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Commercial

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easyJet to return to London Southend Airport

EasyJet will reopen its base at London/Southend in March 2025, five years after it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relaunch will see the airline position three Airbus A320neos at the site.

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IAG shifts A321XLR debut to Iberia

Iberia will be the first operator of the Airbus A321XLR. The Spanish carrier said it expects its initial example of the new long-range A321neo variant “later this summer”.

IATA Airline Codes Quiz

Test your knowledge of IATA two-letter airline codes

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Sir Richard Branson’s reflections on 40 years of Virgin Atlantic

Exclusively for Airliner World, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, describes in his own words why the carrier has not just survived but thrived over the last four decades

JetBlue and BA seek codeshare

JetBlue Airways is planning to implement a codeshare arrangement with British Airways to link networks and sell flights within the US and between London and Europe.

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Flight Simulation

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Cockspur’s Phenom 100 review

The Phenom 100 is part of a growing trend in aviation that has emerged in the last decade for Very Light Jets that offer luxury transport and modern technology. In this review, we test fly Cockspur's rendition of this popular aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

New York LaGuardia Airport released

Scenery developer MK Studios has released KLGA - New York LaGuardia Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Graphics card upgrade

Using a high-performance graphics card plays an important part in achieving high frame rates in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we look at the performance benefits of upgrading from the NVIDIA RTX 3060 to the more recent RTX 4070S.

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Upcoming Events

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."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Established in 1977, the airshow returns in 2024 for its 44th edition.

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

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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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days

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Mošnov, Czechia

The event website states: "The main programme, taking place at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, features heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces’ training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units."