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Historic

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STARS OF THE BIG SCREEN: Tora! Tora! Tora!

It is now half a century since this Pearl Harbor war epic hit the screens...

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HIDDEN HISTORY: Neptunes in Africa

HIDDEN HISTORY Neptunes in AfricaWhen the Portuguese Air Force...

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DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - TECHNICAL DETAILS

Key differences under the skin between the HA-1112-M1L and its forerunners...

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Q&A November 2020

Are you seeking the answer to a thorny aviation question...?

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How thrust reversers work

Thrust reversers have been used on famous aircraft, such as Concorde and the Tornado. Find out how they work.

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Military

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

US green lights Nigerian AH-1Z purchase

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced government approval for a potential foreign military sale to Nigeria of a dozen AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters

Hungary orders 12 L-39NG jet trainers

Czech aerospace company, Aero Vodochody has just announced a contract with the Hungarian MOD to supply 12 L-39NGs to the Hungarian Air Force, with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in 2024

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Commercial

Wizz Air’s First Abu Dhabi Destinations Revealed

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced five new routes connecting Europe with Abu Dhabi, the first of its new UAE subsidiary. The airline is planning to launch services to Budapest and Bucharest from June and Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia in September.

Coronavirus: Heathrow Shuts Terminal 4 to Passengers

In a bid to further consolidate operations, Heathrow has completed the temporary relocation of flights out of Terminal 4. The process saw ten airlines switch to Terminal 2 over the weekend.

Wizz Air Resumes Luton Operations

Wizz Air has today (May 1) restarted operations at its London/Luton base despite ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The low-cost carrier has resumed services to 22 destinations from the gateway for passengers whose journeys are deemed necessary.

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Virgin Australia – The Rise and Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip on the commercial aviation industry, Virgin Australia became its next casualty after entering voluntary administration on April 21. Thomas Haynes examines the airline’s history and analyses what went wrong for Australia’s second largest carrier.

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Boeing Breaks Off Embraer Tie-up

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer has accused Boeing of making “false claims” to justify terminating a $4bn deal to acquire the firm’s commercial aircraft business. The US airframer said it exercised its rights after Embraer “did not satisfy the necessary conditions”.

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Flight Simulation

Faro 2020 Out Now

TropicalSim has released Faro 2020 for FSX and Prepar3D version 4.

TrueEarth Northern California Preview

Orbx has released preview images TrueEarth Northern California for X-Plane 11.

Slovenia X Photoreal and Airports Released

Slovenian developer, Ilumium Simulation has released Slovenia X Photoreal for FSX and Prepar3D.

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Upcoming Events

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

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

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

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."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

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."