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Historic

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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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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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AEROPLANE MEETS... Lang Kidby

England-to-Australia flights in both Vickers Vimy replica and original Avro Avian...

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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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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

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

FAI World Microlight Championships

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Corby, United Kingdom

World Microlight Championships