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Historic

Lancaster in focus at Sywell

Sywell Aviation Museum has announced two Avro Lancaster-themed talks for early next year

Buchóns arrive in Canada and Biggin Hill

A pair of Hispano Buchons have arrived at new homes recently

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Learning to fly the Lancaster: BBMF pilot insights 

Flight Lieutenant Seb Davey joined the Battle of Britain Memorial
Flight as a Dakota captain and Lancaster co-pilot for the 2013 season. 

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Lancaster RAF debut – Into action with 44 Sqn

In a 2022 special publication on the Avro Lancaster Andrew Thomas tells the story of the Lancaster’s introduction to RAF service with 44 Squadron at Waddington

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Aeroplane Archive Artwork January 2023

Aeroplane artwork featuring Mosquito BIVs DZ353 and DZ367 from No 105 Squadron at Marham in 1942 and BOAC Comet 4 G-APDA during 1958.

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Military

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The story behind the USAF's controversial CSAR Replacement Vehicle project

The shambles over the selection for the Combat Search and Rescue Replacement Vehicle (CSAR-X) programme raised questions over procurement processes. David Willis details one of USAF’s most controversial projects

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US Army moves to change Confederacy-affiliated base names

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III recently approved the renaming of nine US Army bases and eliminating more than 1,100 other assets that honored the Confederate states that fought against the Union Army during the American Civil War. Tom Kaminski explores what changes will be made in the wake of this decision

OPINION: Should the rise of 'woke' wipe out US Confederate base names?

As the US Army moves to rename bases that honour Confederate leaders from the American Civil War, Alan Warnes asks whether the rise of 'woke' trends should force militaries around the globe to try to rewrite their histories?

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Commercial

Airbus lands another European order for A220s

The latest commitment for the Mirabel-built narrowbody adds to the existing orders from airBaltic, Air France, ITA Airways and Swiss International Air Lines.

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

The ultimate civil aviation trivia quiz!

This week you'll certainly need a 'wide-body' of knowledge to be successful. From pioneering first flights to next-generation tech and everything in between, this ultimate trivia quiz is guaranteed to test your skills. Good luck!

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition released

Microsoft has released the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding realistic helicopters, gliders, a true-to-life Airbus A310-300 and seven iconic historic aircraft.

Navigraph Charts 8 released

Navigraph Charts 8 adds several new features, including worldwide VFR charts, drag-and-drop route construction, seamless zoom down to gate level and 3D globe projection.

Feature Discovery Series Episode 15: Helicopters

In the latest Feature Discovery Series, the Asobo Studio discussed how the development team modelled the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter coming to the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Heathrow Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair

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Sunbury on Thames, United Kingdom

Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.