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FlyPast March 2024

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Historic Aviation Quiz: US Navy Phantom Edition

With January 12 marking the 51st anniversary of a United States Navy (USN) F-4 Phantom claiming the 197th and final US air-to-air ‘kill’ of the Vietnam War, we dedicate this week’s quiz to McDonnell Douglas’ ‘Double Ugly’ in USN service...

Classic jetliners lined up for restoration in Greece

BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale

‘Czech’ Hurricane to fly soon

Battle of France veteran fighter refinished in Duxford-based Czechoslovak squadron markings

Photo-reconnaissance aircraft in the Duxford spotlight

IWM Duxford has launched its newest exhibition, showcasing World War Two aerial reconnaissance with special emphasis on camera-fitted variants of the Spitfire

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Military

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Spanish Navy’s first NH90 MSPT now in testing at Albacete

The Spanish Navy’s first NH90 Maritime Spanish Tactical Transport Helicopter (MSPT) arrived at Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Albacete, Spain, on January 17, following a ferry flight from the firm’s plant at Donauwörth in Germany, where the aircraft completed its maiden flight on December 15, 2023

RNLAF’s third F-35A unit welcomes first Lightning II

The first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF’s) No 312 Squadron arrived at Leeuwarden Air Base on January 11

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US GAO says SOCOM should 'slow down' with Armed Overwatch acquisition

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) should slow down its acquisition of the AT-802U Sky Warden, pending a more thorough analysis of the fleet size that is needed

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Incredible Aboriginal A220 Qantas scheme uncovered

An eye-catching Aboriginal-inspired paint scheme adorns QantasLink’s first Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

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US airlines welcome Amsterdam Schiphol verdict

JetBlue and trade group Airlines for America (A4A) have welcomed the news that the Dutch government has temporarily abandoned plans to cut the number of flights at Amsterdam/Schiphol airport next year.

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British Airways launches new African route from Gatwick

British Airways (BA) has celebrated its inaugural service on a new route to Africa from London/Gatwick.

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Russia's stretched Il-96-400M makes maiden flight

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) carried out the maiden flight of the prototype Ilyushin Il-96-400M, RA-96115, on November 1.

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LOT 787s – Europe’s first Dreamliners

LOT Polish Airlines was the first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In the June 2015 issue of Aviation News, Marco Finelli reported on the carrier’s Dreamliner operations and sampled flying on the airliner

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Flight Simulation

Orbx releases Gladstone Airport

Created by indie developer Rob Byrne, YGLA Gladstone Airport is the latest addition to Orbx's Australian airport collection.

R66 takes flight in MSFS

CowanSim has announced the R66 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Black Square Duke development update

Black Square Simulations has released a development update for the piston and turbine Duke for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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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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."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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".