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Historic

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STARS OF THE BIG SCREEN: Catch-22

With 16 North American B-25 Mitchells, the aerial armada assembled for the movie adaptation...

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THE AEROPLANE: News from November 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered the momentous events of 1940...

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DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - IN SERVICE

From front-line fighter to famed film flyer...

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STARS OF THE BIG SCREEN: Battle of Britain pilot

For a dozen RAF flying instructors, it was the opportunity of a lifetime...

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AIRLINER HISTORY: Brabazon Committee Part One

Subject to hesitation, repetition and deviation from the outset, even the most generous soul would shy from claiming that the Brabazon Committee — experts tasked to recommend the best way forward for the development of British commercial aircraft after World War Two — had proven a success. On the 75th anniversary of its final report, we examine the reasons why

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Military

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

Production of first two RNZAF Poseidons gets underway

The Royal New Zealand Air Force's first and second P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are now being manufactured by Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems teams in the US

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Commercial

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Embraer’s E-Jet E2 family: The next generation

Soon to come under Boeing’s wing, the popular Embraer E-Jet series of regional airliners has been refreshed...

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Aviation News May 2020

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Coronavirus: Airline Brand Values Tumble

The ongoing crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic could result in the top 50 most valuable airline brands losing up to 20% of their brand value. According to a report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy, the total drop in value could equate to more than $20bn.

Coronavirus: European Air Traffic Plummets 80%

According to the latest traffic figures released by EUROCONTROL, the number of flights within Europe is down by more than 80%. On the day chosen for analysis (April 8) there was an 87% reduction equating to just over 4,000 flights, which is 27,000 fewer than the same day in 2019.

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Airliner World May 2020

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Flight Simulation

Beech Sundowner Ready for Take-Off

Leading Edge Simulations and X-Aviation have released the Beechcraft Sundowner C23 v2 for X-Plane 11.

St. Tropez for X-Plane Released

Aerosoft has announced St. Tropez for X-Plane 11 is out now.

New Stationair Takes Flight in X-Plane

Carenado has announced the CT206H Stationair for X-Plane 11 is out.

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Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

Athens Flying Week 2024 - Tanagra International Air Show

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Tanagra, Greece

International air show.

CFB Greenwood - Air Show Atlantic

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Greenwood, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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!"

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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".