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How Lancasters unknowingly led the way on D-Day 

As the bombs rained down from Lancaster ‘J-Jig’ just before midnight on June 5, 1944, Patrick Otter recounted in the June 2014 issue of FlyPast how the crew had no idea they were unleashing the opening salvo of D-Day.

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How the Lancaster became the first British aircraft to fly around the world 

A Lancaster called ‘Aries’ was the first British aircraft to fly around the world and later became a pioneer of polar flying. In a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster, Graham Pitchfork described its remarkable achievements

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The ‘other’ Lancaster Dams raids you might not have heard of 

In a 2022 special publication on the Lancaster, Andy Thomas explains that as well as the famous 617 Squadron raid, other German dams were in Bomber Command’s sights

Another award for Waterbird team

Vintage Aircraft Club accolade adds to Lakes Flying Company’s list of gongs

Soviet Hurricane project resurfaces in Kent

Ex-Russian fighter to be restored at Rochester

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Military

US Army names Bell’s V-280 Valor as Black Hawk successor

The US Army revealed on December 5 that it has awarded the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contract to Bell Textron and its V-280 Valor tiltrotor – a platform that will eventually replace the service’s Black Hawk helicopters and shape the future of US Army Aviation operations

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Why is Brazil retiring its Mi-35M gunships after just 10 years of ops?

The decision by Brazil to ditch its Hind gunships by the end of 2022 came as a surprise. AirForces Monthly examines the factors behind the grounding of the fleet

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 122

Welcome to the 122nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

The Ultimate Boeing 707 Quiz!

We're delving into the aviation archive to celebrate one of the most iconic jetliners of all time. From early prototypes to final operators, this is your chance to test your knowledge of the Boeing 707. Good luck!

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Why was the Boeing 707 so popular with British airlines?

Despite protectionist objections from politicians, UK carriers embraced the Boeing 707 during the 1960s and 1970s. Lee Cross explores the US type’s introduction with various British airlines.

Why this TUI 737 is now flying cargo in Rwanda

For more than a decade it shuttled holidaymakers around Europe, but now this Boeing 737 example has found a new lease of life in Africa. Find out more...

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Flight Simulation

Oslo Gardermoen out now

JustSim has released ENGM Oslo Airport Gardermoen for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fulcrum announces new simulator controls

Fulcrum Simulator Controls has started pre-orders for the upcoming Fulcrum Throttle, with shipping expected to commence in February 2023. The company also unveiled two new products: the Pro Jetliner Levers and Trim Wheel.

Giant flying boats and wine: how Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrated 40 years

Microsoft Flight Simulator reached a historic milestone this month when it celebrated its 40th anniversary in style at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Thomas Haynes reports from the special event

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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.