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Historic

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Aviation News October 2020

Welcome to Aviation News October 2020

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Glory Days in New York: JFK in the 1960s

The terraces at New York’s Idlewild Airport, renamed John F Kennedy International in December 1963...

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Varig Rise and Fall

Founded in the 1920s, Varig became Brazil’s biggest and best-known airline...

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War veteran reminisces on the brilliance of de Havilland’s Mosquito

Key.Aero speaks to Flt Lt George Dunn who flew Halifax, Mosquitoes and Spitfires with the RAF during World War Two

Key aircraft from the Battle of Britain

As we mark the Battle of Britain’s 80th anniversary, watch exclusive footage of four aircraft that all served in the conflict.

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Military

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Inside the US Special Forces mission that eliminated Haji Abdullah

We describe the US Army Special Forces’ mission to track down and eliminate the so-called Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi

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What we know so far about Sikorsky's Raider X helicopter

Following our coverage last month of Bell’s 360 Invictus offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programme, Khalem Chapman details the platform’s competitive rival, which comes in the form of Sikorsky’s Raider X light attack/scout helicopter

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Inside Travis AFB: Gateway to the Pacific

In light of Air Mobility Command’s outstanding work during the evacuation of Kabul, Scott Cuong Tran and Nick Tran visited its busiest hub, Travis AFB in California, to find out how the US provides effective global transport

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Commercial

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Flight school: Emirates style

Richard Schuurman travels to the Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai...

Still up in the air

Plans for a controversial third runway at Heathrow have been ruled illegal...

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Tour de Force: The British Airtours Story

In the first of a two-part feature, David Ransted looks back at the early days of British Airtours...

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The 757 conundrum: why this airliner is not easily replaceable

The multi-purpose Boeing 757 remains peerless four decades after its first flight. Mark Broadbent charts the history of the ‘Swiss army penknife’ of aviation and considers operator options to replace the enduring all-rounder.

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Stranded in a Soviet time capsule

Bernd Sturm reflects on a trip to the land that time forgot...

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Flight Simulation

Kota Kinabalu for X-Plane Out Now

JustAsia has released its first Malaysian destination, WBKK – Kota Kinabalu Airport for X-Plane 11.

Malpensa Released

The latest Italian destination to be released by Aerosoft is Milano Malpensa for X-Plane 11.

Spokane for X-Plane Now Available

The latest release from scenery developer Vertical Simulations is KGEG – Spokane International Airport for X-Plane 11.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." 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."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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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."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."

Duxford Flying Evening

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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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Duxford Flying Finale

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The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".