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Historic

A Hawk of No 1 Tactical Weapons Unit firing a salvo of 68mm unguided rockets from a Sneb pod. Feature Premium

Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

An interesting snapshot, from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was ramping up aircrew throughput to populate the growing Tornado GR.1 force

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.

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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Combat Aircraft Journal April 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

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Davis-Monthan AFB bids fond farewell to first ‘Warthog’

In line with the USAF’s plan to retire its entire fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft within the next three-to-five years, the 355th Wing (WG) has withdrawn its first ‘Warthog’ from operational use at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, which shares an almost 50-year history with the type

New Zealand considers axing Super Seasprite helicopter fleet

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is reportedly considering a move to axe its eight-strong fleet of SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-role maritime helicopters as part of a 6.5% cut in defence spending – equivalent to NZ$150m (US$91.23m) – that has been requested by the New Zealand government

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Commercial

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Alaska to buy Hawaiian

In a surprise announcement, Alaska Airlines has announced its intention to purchase Hawaiian Airlines in a deal worth $1.9bn. Alaska Air Group will pay $18 in cash per share to Hawaiian Holdings, taking on the Honolulu carrier’s $900m debt.

First A350-1000 for JAL

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) first Airbus A350-1000 has arrived in Tokyo.

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Cathay Cargo adds A350F

The Cathay Group has ordered six new Airbus A350Fs to join the airline’s cargo division, Cathay Cargo, with the right to acquire 20 more aircraft.

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Turkish Airlines rebrands its low-cost carrier

Turkish Airlines has announced that it will rebrand its low-cost subsidiary AnadoluJet as AJet Air Transportation Inc – AJet for short – and move the carrier to its own AOC starting in March 2024.

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Ryanair lands in Norwich

Low-cost giant Ryanair announced in December that it will begin operations for the first time at Norwich Airport this summer, with three routes commencing from April 1.

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Flight Simulation

Orbx releases Swedish triple pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest package from Orbx features three airports in Sweden, Umeå, Kiruna and Scandinavian Mountains.

Bilbao for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Scenery developer Beautiful Model of the Worlds has released Bilbao version 5 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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A beginner’s guide to flight simulation

Taking flight simulation up as a hobby can be a daunting experience. In this article, we tackle some of the challenges newcomers are likely to face by looking at the different flight simulator platforms, the hardware requirements and the controllers needed to get off the ground.

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Upcoming Events

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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

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."

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

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."

Dover AFB - First State Airshow

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Dover AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow