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Historic

Newark Hunter receiving Blue Diamonds makeover

A Hawker Hunter is getting a colourful revamp at the Newark Air Museum.

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Otter completes journey to Hickory

Former United States Navy de Havilland Canada NU-1B Otter BuNo 144672 arrived at its new home, North Carolina’s Hickory Air Museum, on January 12.

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DC-3 D-Day Squadron plans for Overlord 80th anniversary

The D-Day Squadron, a mini-US aerial armada, is returning to Europe to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings. The Squadron’s Moreno Aguiari told Tom Allett about the organisation’s forthcoming transatlantic adventure

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Last PBY built will fly again

During mid-April, Consolidated PBY-6A BuNo 64107/N9825Z made the 104-mile journey east along the Interstate 90 freeway from Moses Lake, Washington State to Spokane, where it will be restored to airworthy and seaworthy condition by Vintage Aircraft Restorations at Felts Field.

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Military

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First Kazakh A400M gains service colours

Airbus Defence took to its social media channels on April 15 to showcase initial images and video footage of the first A400M Atlas tactical transport for the Kazakhstan Air Defence Force (KADF).

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Red Bull DC-6 visits the Mach Loop for event

Red Bull’s Douglas DC-6B, OE-LDM, paid a visit to the Mach Loop low flying area today (May 31, 2024) in support of an event being staged in one of the valleys which makes up the Loop.

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VRM-40 welcomes first CMV-22B to Norfolk

The first US Navy-operated CMV-22B Osprey carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft for the US Atlantic Fleet arrived at Naval Station Norfolk’s Chambers Field in Virginia on April 5.

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Commercial

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Ural Airlines abandons Airbus A320 rescue from field

Ural Airlines has revealed that it will not return to service an Airbus A320 that has been stranded in a wheat field just outside Novosibirsk, Russia, since September 2023.

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What it’s like to fly on the COMAC ARJ21

Bored of Boeing 737s and tired of Airbus A320s, Richard Vandervord fancied a Chinese, sampling a flight aboard a COMAC ARJ21

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Boeing’s 777 ecoDemonstrator tests

The next phase of the ongoing Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme researching ways to improve sustainability and efficiency will test more than 30 technologies spanning airport operations, waste-reducing materials and future cabin concepts.

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Wiring defect caused ATR flight instrument loss

On May 18, 2024 the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a report into a January 17, 2023 incident involving a West Atlantic ATR 72 approaching East Midlands Airport.

Airbus customers and operators quiz

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Flight Simulation

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iniBuilds’ A300-600R review

The wide-body design and the use of modern materials put the Airbus A300 on the cutting edge of 1970s technology. We take a closer look at iniBuilds rendition of this high-performance airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Maxx Tech’s HOTAS Pro Flight Combo Kit

In this review, we take a look at Maxx Tech’s first hardware controller designed specifically for flight simulation. Dubbed the HOTAS Flight Combo Kit, the unit consists of a flight stick and a throttle quadrant aimed at the beginner/intermediary flight simulation enthusiast.

RJ Professional development update

Following the release of the 146 Professional Version 2, Just Flight has unveiled a new development update for the upcoming RJ Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Wings Over Whiteman 2024 Air and Space Show

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Whiteman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.