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Historic

The Last Lightning Show at Binbrook

RAF BINBROOK – AUGUST 22, 1987 Brian Hodgson recalls an historic event that was a fitting farewell to the charismatic Lightning, despite rain and low cloud.

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Avro Shackleton AEW.2 - Cold War ‘Sentinel’

Group Captain David Greenway (ret’d), a former Shackleton pilot and commanding officer of 8 Squadron, talks to Dr Kevin Wright about the Shackleton AEW.2 in RAF service.

Historic Aviation Quiz: The Convair F-106 Delta Dart

With February 2 marking the 54th anniversary of the United States Air Force’s infamous ‘Cornfield Bomber’ incident, we dedicate this week’s to Convair’s “Ultimate Interceptor” – the F-106 Delta Dart

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Life on a RAF Germany Phantom squadron

With the Cold War in full flow, West Germany’s position on the front line demanded an allied presence. Former RAF Phantom pilot Al Munro gives a taste of his Battle Flight years

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The Blackburn Buccaneer: Red Flag’s low-level legend

Former Buccaneer squadron commander Graham Pitchfork describes the RAF’s extraordinary success during the early Red Flag exercises

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 181

Welcome to the 181st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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First three Greek MH-60R Seahawks nearing delivery

The first three Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks for the Hellenic Navy are a step closer to delivery after

Lockheed Martin rolls out first C-130J-30 for New Zealand

Lockheed Martin formally rolled out the first of five C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) at its production facility in Marietta, Georgia, on February 15

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Commercial

Dawn of a new supersonic age?

In a recent Key Publishing special magazine called ‘21st Century Airliners’, Mark Broadbent examines the contenders and challenges of building new supersonic commercial aircraft

ULTIMATE UK GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN AIRLINES QUIZ!

This week, we take a trip down memory lane and test your knowledge of some of the UK’s gone but not forgotten airlines. Over the years, many airlines have come and gone; some have been more successful than others, but all have left their mark on the country's aviation scene. Good luck!

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Aviation News March 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

New owners for Edinburgh Airport?

Scotland's busiest airport – Edinburgh, could soon be under new ownership after New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) hired HSBC and JP Morgan banks to run an auction for its sale.

First delivery from ex-A380 assembly line

Airbus has successfully delivered its first A321neo assembled at its newest A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse.

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Flight Simulation

MXI Design releases Kaunas Airport

Scenery developer MXI Design has announced EYKA Kaunas Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Flight Simulator Training – Part 6

In this lesson, we look at how scenario-based training can help plan for various failures that can occur during the take-off phase and how planning for all eventualities can result in a successful outcome.

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PMDG’s 737 Universal Flight Tablet review

We take a closer look at at PMDG's highly anticipated Universal Flight Tablet for the 737 family and find out if it was worth the wait.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

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."