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Historic

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The incredible exploits of Oscar Garden

Having detailed her father Oscar’s groundbreaking journey from England to Australia in the March 2020 issue of FlyPast, Mary Garden describes the aviator’s flying exploits across Africa and the Middle East

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The nocturnal Kiwi ace

Andrew Thomas uncovers the night-fighting career of Flt Lt Ken ‘Chunky’ Stewart RNZAF

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The first flight off a ship deck

American pilot Eugene Ely made aviation history by becoming the first man to land on and take off from the deck of a ship. He later received the distinguished flying cross...

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The many faces of the Mustang

Mustangs with Allison powerplants were far more successful and widely used than their current reputation suggests, as Malcolm V Lowe reveals...

Historic Aviation Quiz

Try your hand at this week’s historic aviation quiz!

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Military

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Czech Hinds being prepped for Ukraine transfer

With the Czech Air Force expected to withdraw its Mi-24/35 fleet from service at the end of the year, it has been revealed that they are set to be donated to Ukraine

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100 Squadron: The final year of RAF ADAIR Hawk ops

No 100 Squadron laid down its sword as an operational RAF unit on March 24. AirForces Monthly reports on the final year of the unit’s Hawk T1 adversary air operations

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Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Inside the Air War over Donbas

After more than three months of war in Ukraine, Moscow turned its attention to securing the Donbas region, where Russian troops have been facing off against Ukrainian defenders in a vicious ground war. AirForces Monthly looks at the role of airpower in this pivotal battle

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Commercial

Frequent flyers key to aviation recovery

Huge survey reveals three-quarters of frequent travellers are ready to fly again and that demand for airport lounges will increase, but clarity is needed on quarantines and border controls

Is now the best time to start an airline?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of damage to the commercial aviation industry. But with a new airline on the horizon in Hong Kong, is this actually the shrewdest time to enter the sector?

Is this the world’s most pointless airport?

Built at a cost of £200 million, Saint Helena Airport connects a remote British Overseas Territory to the rest of the world – but only when the wind isn’t blowing in a certain direction…

Travellers pay £140 each for return flight to  nowhere

Tickets sell out in minutes for the return journey to Taipei's Taoyuan Airport in a Hello Kitty-branded A330

When 1088 people flew on a 747 at once

Nearly 30 years ago, an El Al Boeing 747 broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of passengers on a single aircraft at one – a record that still stands. Here’s how and why it happened

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Flight Simulation

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Just Flight’s Traffic Global

Bringing AI life to X-Plane

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Deka Ironwork Simulations’ DCS: JF-17 Thunder

A new lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat
aircraft for DCS World

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PMDG’S 737 NGXu Base Package

A reboot of a classic

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MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

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

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."