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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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Twin Otter: Part 1 – The de Havilland Canada Years

The Twin Otter has many claims to fame, but one fact stands out...

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The Royal Navy’s Last Biplane Fighter

Adapted for service from aircraft carriers...

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 84

Welcome to the 84th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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A deep look into special forces aviation

The daring missions of multiple nations special operations forces behind enemy lines are invariably dependent on airlift – fixed or rotary wing – to get them safely to their targets and then successfully bring them home. AFM investigates the can-do mindset and unique skills of special forces aviators

USMC Harriers arrive for major exercise

Ten US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers IIs of VMA-223 arrived at Bodø Main Air Station in Norway on March 3 to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR 22). The exercise is to run from March 14 to 31 for which the USMC has deployed a sizeable force to the Scandinavian country

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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

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.

Dublin Out Now

MK Studios has announced Dublin Airport is now available for Prepar3D version 4.5.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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!"

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."

Abingdon Air & Country Show

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Air and country show

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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 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."