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Historic

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Desert Mischief: Hurricanes of 40 Squadron SAAF

Andrew Thomas investigates the cheeky nose badges that appeared on the desert-based World War Two Hurricanes of a South African reconnaissance unit

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Life and Times of a special Buccaneer

First flown more than 50 years ago, the Buccaneer XV344 eventually made its mark...

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FlyPast Classics: Tony’s Trials and Tribulations

Malcolm V Lowe explains how Japan’s uniquely powered Ki-61 Hien...

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Display Teams: Equine Excellence

In our second study of bygone aerobatic teams...

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Repaired, Reworked... and Lifting Our Spirits

Assistant Editor Jamie Ewan talks to the Aircraft Restoration Company...

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Military

Thai F-16A ADF Fighting Falcon written-off in crash

A Lockheed Martin F-16A-15 ADF Fighting Falcon belonging to the Royal Thai Air Force was written-off after it crashed in the Chatturat district of Thailand’s Chaiyaphum province at approximately 1340hrs (local time) on March 8

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Inside the Colombian Air Force's new Texan II fleet

As Colombia welcomes the T-6C Texan II to replace the long-serving T-37 Tweet, we look at how the Colombian Air Force is modernizing its fighter pilot training

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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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Ruled Britannia

Forming the basis of what is now the world’s largest charter, Britannia Airways was born out of a necessity for a reliable holiday airline

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Biofuels Bridging the Gap

Sustainable aviation fuels are widely considered to be an essential, albeit interim, solution to the aviation industry’s impending emissions crisis.

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Tudor Leeds to a World of Air Freight

Air cargo accounts for 35% of global trade and transit time is critical for many items

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The Big Swiss Switch

Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways has recently retired a trusty old workhorse as well as welcoming a shiny new arrival

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Drama in the desert?

While Dubai Airshow 2019 lacked the blockbuster breakthroughs of previous years, it also sprang a few surprises.

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Flight Simulation

New aircraft for Bodenplatte incoming

Following the release of the latest update of IL-2 Sturmovik...

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Agusta Bell 412 Flight Adventure

The Flight Adventure this issue continues to examine classic aircraft as well as fly routes and missions that reflect how they are typically used around the world.

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xEnviro

An environmental game-changer

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Upcoming Events

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."

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."

Airshow London, Canada

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London, Canada

Major airshow

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

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.