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Historic

The incredible engineering of the DH.88 Comet

Just 14 years after de Havilland was founded, they made a wooden aircraft that flew from England to Melbourne in just over 70 hours. As this video shows, the design was a thing of beauty.

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

De Havilland started the 1930s with a reliable training aircraft that would have military use right until the end of the ’50s.

Tiger Moth pilots used bricks for bomb training!

It was an unlikely way to prepare a pilot for combat – and, as this video shows – it didn’t quite have the desired outcome…

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The story of Bill Lawford

Hayden K Lawford relates the experiences of his father, Royal Flying Corps pilot, Lt E H ‘Bill’ Lawford AF

The Humming Bird: de Havilland's first light aeroplane

Devised for the early days of air racing, the RAF even investigated the possibility of launching Humming Birds from beneath airships…

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Military

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The RAF's last search and rescue unit marks 50 years of helicopter ops

We explore the past and present of the RAF’s sole remaining search-and-rescue unit, as it celebrates a momentous milestone this year

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Dassault Rafale: Greece’s game changer?

With the Hellenic Air Force taking delivery of its first Dassault Rafales in January, Babak Taghvaee reviews all aspects of Greece’s procurement of the type in the country’s ongoing bid for air supremacy over the Aegean

Japan’s first Global Hawk arrives at Misawa Air Base

Northrop Grumman announced on March 14 that it had successfully ferried the first of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s three RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAVs to Misawa Air Base in Japan

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Commercial

EasyJet Grounds Entire Fleet

British low-cost airline, easyJet has grounded its entire fleet following unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Blanket Bailout for British Airlines

The UK chancellor has told airlines and airports not to expect an industry-wide bailout but instead that rescue deals would be formed on an individual basis. Rishi Sunak wrote to airlines yesterday (March 24) detailing that extra measures for the industry would only be used “as a last resort”.

US Travel Ban Could Cost Airlines $2bn in Lost Revenue

The US Government ban on air travel between Europe and the US could cost $2bn in lost revenue over the 30-day suspension period, according to travel and data analytics firm Cirium.

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Coronavirus: Manufacturers Grind to a Halt

No corner of the aviation industry has escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world continues to deal with the crisis, aircraft manufacturers are deploying several measures to cope with the resulting industry downturn, reports Thomas Haynes.

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Air Hollywood: Flights of Fantasy

The logistics and costs of filming at airports and on board real aircraft mean that most movies, TV shows, music videos and adverts use sets and props for aviation-themed scenes...

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Flight Simulation

Edinburgh for P3D and X-Plane Released

Orbx has announced EGPH Edinburgh for Prepar3D version 4 and X-Plane 11 is out now.

TerraFlora for X-Plane 11 Released

Orbx has announced TerraFlora XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Episode 2 – Weather

The Microsoft development team has released the second episode of the Feature Discovery Series covering the atmospheric modelling in the upcoming flight simulator.

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The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

IWM Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

IWM Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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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."