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Historic

WIN A Spitfire Flight worth £2975!

Flypast, Aeroplane Monthly and Britain at War magazines have teamed up with Spitfires.com to give one lucky reader the chance to win a flight in a Spitfire.

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Taking the Blackburn Beverley to the brink

How did we end up in a situation where the last remaining Blackburn Beverley had to be saved from a possible demise? In general, the big British airlifter hasn’t enjoyed the happiest life in preservation 

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New Lufthansa visitor centre to house L-1649 Starliner and Ju 52

The Lufthansa Group has begun construction of a new conference and visitor centre at Frankfurt Airport, where Junkers Ju 52/3m ‘D-AQUI’/D-CDLH and Lockheed L-1649 Super Star D-ALAN will go on display.

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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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Military

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First T-54As arrive at Corpus Christi

Textron Aviation delivered the first two T-54A multi-engine training system (METS) aircraft to Training Air Wing 4 (TAW-4) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 18.

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Allies gather to celebrate 50 years of the F-16 and Tornado

On May 23, 2024, F-16s and Tornados launched from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany to fly a formation to mark the 50th anniversary of both aircraft types first flights in 1974.

New groundbreaking mental health policy for USAF aircrew

The US Air Force has revised its mental health policy to allow aviators more flexibility and earlier access to treatment without compromising their flight status.

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Commercial

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New Lufthansa visitor centre to house L-1649 Starliner and Ju 52

The Lufthansa Group has begun construction of a new conference and visitor centre at Frankfurt Airport, where Junkers Ju 52/3m ‘D-AQUI’/D-CDLH and Lockheed L-1649 Super Star D-ALAN will go on display.

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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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Flight Simulation

Halifax Stanfield Airport for MSFS upgraded

FSimStudios has released version 2 of CYHZ Halifax Stanfield International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Just Flight has announced the PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

OV-10 Bronco takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer AzurPoly has announced the OV-10 Bronco for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

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."

CANCELLED - Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

CANCELLED - The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol, United Kingdom

The event website states: "The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free to attend, three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight."

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

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McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow