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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

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson - Arctic Thunder Air Show 2024

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Anchorage, United States

US military airshow

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."

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."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."