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‘Jersey Jerk’ makes its first UK flight

Fighter Aviation’s former RAAF Commonwealth CA-18 G-JERK took to the skies from Sywell in Northamptonshire on May 5, in the hands of noted Australian warbird pilot Cameron Rolph-Smith. 

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Heinkel He 177 Griffins over Normandy

The Heinkel He 177 was the Luftwaffe’s sole long-range, heavy bomber to become operational during World War Two. But, as Chris Goss reveals, its death knell would be heralded over the beaches of Normandy

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Photo-recce Spitfire ops on D-Day

Photo-recce Spitfire pilots were not put off by poor weather, risking their lives to capture vital intelligence on D-Day, as Andrew Thomas describes

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Jaguar roaded to Gatwick

SEPECAT Jaguar GR1 XX967 arrived at the Gatwick Aviation Museum at Charlwood, Surrey on 18 April from RAF Cosford, where it had been in use as an instructional airframe with No 2 School of Technical Training.

RAF pilot killed in BBMF Spitfire crash

A Royal Air Force pilot who died after a Spitfire crashed in a field in Lincolnshire has been identified as Sqn Ldr Mark Long.

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CH-53K ferries F-35C from Maryland to New Jersey

A USMC CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter recently transferred an inoperable F-35C Lightning II airframe from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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USMC Harriers and Ospreys deploy to Sweden for BALTOPS

Four US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier IIs and the same number of MV-22B Ospreys stopped for fuel at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk on Sunday, June 9, 2024 en-route from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to Sweden for Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 24.

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First-ever Ramstein 1v1 fighter exercise

Fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries recently participated in a basic fighter manoeuvres (BFM) exercise at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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Air India’s jumbo farewell

Air India’s long association with the Boeing 747 neared its end on April 22 as the first of four jumbo jets departed Mumbai bound for the US.

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JetBlue expands European schedule

JetBlue Airways has expanded its transatlantic network with new, non-stop flights from New York and Boston.

 Tecnam’s P-Mentor receives FAA certification

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded full Type Certificate to the Tecnam P-Mentor IFR trainer.

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More than 100 Letters of Intent for hydrogen-powered Islander

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAS), the British company that is developing a hydrogen-powered Britten-Norman Islander, has revealed that it has more than 100 Letters of Intent (LOI) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) signed for the aircraft, which is expected to make its first flight in Spring 2025.

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British Airways to launch Tromsø flights

British Airways will operate its first ever flights to Tromsø, Norway in the forthcoming winter 2024-25 season.

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PC Pilot - Issue 151 Downloads

Online contents for the May/June 2024 issue of PC Pilot.

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PILOT’S de Havilland Canada Dash 7

In this review, we take the de Havilland four-engine Dash 7 turboprop for a spin and see how it measures up.

146 Professional upgraded to v2.0

Just Flight has released a major update for the 146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
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The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

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