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Historic

The evolution of autopilot

In 1914, autopilot was demonstrated for the first time. This year, Airbus achieved the first ever automatic take-off. One of historic aviation’s greatest inventions has come a long way in the last century…

Ultimate historic aviation accommodation!

A former RAF tower overlooking a bombing range that the Dambusters used has become a luxury getaway. We went to have a look…

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DC-10 in BCal and BA Service

In the first of three articles to mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight by McDonnell Douglas DC-10 on August 29, 1970, Bob O’Brien recounts the type’s service with British Caledonian Airways, its charter subsidiaries and latterly British Airways.

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Ilyushin Il-18: Soviet Turboprop Triumph

Seven decades after its maiden flight, numerous derivatives of of the Ilyushin Il-18 are still in regular operation...

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DC-10 Tankers: Extending Airpower

Derived from the DC-10, the KC-10A has supported every major conflict involving US forces since entering service in 1981. As Dr Kevin Wright explains, the Extender has been vital to US force projection for nearly 40 years, while DC-10-based tankers have also served others users.

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Military

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Whatever happened to the USAF's YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed?

David Willis reviews the troubled path of the USAF's Boeing YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed from ‘first light’ to last flight

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US slams Poland's MiG-29 transfer offer as untenable

The US has moved to quash Poland’s plan to donate to Washington its entire fleet of MiG-29 fighters following Warsaw’s surprise announcement of its intention to offer its Russian-designed aircraft in exchange for used US Air Force platforms

US Navy selects Northrop Grumman to modernise E-6B fleet

Northrop Grumman announced on March 3 that it was recently awarded the Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract for the US Navy’s fleet of Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command and control aircraft, which the firm will be responsible for sustaining and modernising over the coming years

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Commercial

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AIR International February 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

Flybe Saved from Brink of Collapse

THE UK’S largest regional airline, Flybe, has been saved from administration following government intervention.

BelugaXL Begins Service

EUROPEAN AEROSPACE giant Airbus has pressed the BelugaXL into service.

New dawn for the Dash

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada purchased the Dash 8 in mid-2019....

Only Connect?

Martin Needham considers the future of Flybe...

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Flight Simulation

Just Flight PA-38 Tomahawk Simulator Review Premium

Just Flight’s PA-38 Tomahawk

Just Flight have faithfully recreated the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk for their simulation platform.

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Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Fw 190A-8

Butcher Bird

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Dreamliner Flight Adventure

This Flight Adventure takes a close look at an aircraft that, despite being a relative newcomer to commercial aviation, continues to set records for innovation and longhaul flying – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

ILA Berlin

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Schönefeld, Germany

The event website states: "ILA Berlin features the entire value chain and every tier of the aerospace industry, from Aviation, Space and Defence & Support, to Advanced Air Mobility and the Supplier sector."

19 Wing Comox Air Show

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Comox, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."