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Historic

Spitfire Flight Test

In a recent re-issue of a special magazine by Key Publishing featuring military aircraft flight tests, Dave Unwin takes aloft the legendary Spitfire

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Back to life – Mustang reborn in New Zealand

The term ‘time capsule’ is often used to describe World War Two restoration projects, but a New Zealand-based North American P-51D Mustang has such provenance that its claim is perhaps greater than most

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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

‘Jersey Jerk’ public debut confirmed!

The UK’s newest Mustang to appear at night photoshoot

Egyptian Bestmann treasures arrive in Europe

German enthusiast Ernest Mika has acquired around 20 Bücker 181 Bestmanns originally built under license in Egypt 

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Military

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AIR International April 2024

April 2024 issue of AIR International in page-turning format features Gulfstream’s G700 and G800 series - offering comfort, range, and performance to business aviation

Baltic Air Policing: On the front line

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Joris van Boven and Alex van Noije report from Lithuania as the Belgian Air Component becomes the latest Baltic Air Policing lead nation, taking on the role from the Italian Air Force

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Ukraine’s first future F-16 pilots complete basic flying training with RAF

The RAF revealed on February 24 that the first cohort of Ukrainian Air Force (UkrAF) pilots to receive basic flying training (BFT) in the UK have now completed their syllabus and are now learning to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Commercial

Volotea goes big in 2024

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has announced plans to increase its fleet and expand its network in 2024 after achieving “historic financial margins” in 2023.

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Why orders for widebody airliners rose in 2023

If 2023 proved anything, it was that there is high demand for airliners. While narrowbodies dominate sales, widebodies regained popularity after the slump during the pandemic years. Richard Schuurman explains what is driving this uptick

Aeroflot’s fleet settlements continue

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has finalised further insurance claims with leasing companies for seven more aircraft.

International return for Tu-214

Russian carrier Red Wings has placed its restored Tupolev Tu-214 into service on international flights.

Take off for Air Astana IPO

Kazakhstan's flag carrier Air Astana has begun trading on the London Stock Exchange and Astana International Exchange (AIX).

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Flight Simulation

Shady Cove Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Located in the Pacific Northwest, OG31 Shady Cove Airport offers a unique blend of simplicity and natural charm.

Chicago Rockford for MSFS released

Scenery developer XWind Studios has released Chicago Rockford for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator lands in Java

Scenery developer Project MAX has announced Husein Sastranegara for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow