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Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge of Historic Aviation with this week's quiz! Let us know what score you get!

Yeager Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced KCRW West Virginia International Yeager Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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D-Day Douglas C-47A for Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

In mid-March 2022, the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) at Old Sarum in Salisbury took delivery of the surviving nose section of Douglas C-47A-25-DK 42-93510.

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Battle of Antonov Airport: Analysis of the Attack

Babak Taghvee provides analysis on the Battle of Antonov Airport, which resulted in the loss of one of the most iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies, the Antonov An-225 Mriya

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Car maker Opel’s 1929 publicity stunt to fly world’s first rocket-powered aircraft

In 1929 a German car manufacturer, a brilliant aircraft designer and a rocket pioneer together created and flew the world’s first rocket-powered aircraft

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Flight Sim Coach

Flight Simulation's link to training is as old as the hobby itself. With more advanced simulators being released, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to use our simulators to replicate what we can do in the real world. Enter Flight Sim Coach, a new organisation that offers assistance from certified instructors to real and virtual pilots.

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Orbx's Mackay and Adelaide Airports

In this article, we review two of its latest additions from Orbx: Mackay Airport (YBMK), located within the city that bears its name and Adelaide Airport (YPAD) on Australia’s southern coast.

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FlyPast June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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AirX uses bizjet on Ukraine aid mission

From WhatsApp to warzone: Airliner World visited AirX’s Stansted base for anything but your average bizjet charter

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

Despite having greater numbers and more technologically advanced platforms, Russia has failed to achieve air superiority over Ukraine after more than four weeks of conflict. We explain where they went wrong

Why this biz jet endured -37c in Canada

The road (or runway) to aircraft certification is a challenging one! Learn why this biz jet had to endure a deep freeze trial in the far north of Canada

TAP A320 thrust reverser deploys during go-around

Danish investigators have opened an inquiry into an inadvertent thrust reverser deployment during a go-around involving a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320.

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The Snark: a peculiar aircraft that baffled experts

He might be one of the most important names in aeronautical development of whom you’ve never heard, but Dr Norman de Bruyne deserves his place in the history books — not least for a light aeroplane that confounded supposedly expert opinion

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The secretive role of USAF's E-11A

Lurking in the shadows of secrecy, the E-11A is perhaps the most vital relay and gateway platform in the USAF’s order of battle. Tom Kaminski examines the role of Bombardier’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 89

Welcome to the 89th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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2022: The aviation recovery and its challenges

We digest the latest insights on the opportunities and possible pitfalls surrounding 2022’s commercial aviation rebound

French Transall bows out with farewell tour

Wearing a unique commemorative scheme, the French Air Force’s C-160 Transall R-212/64-GL has undertaken a farewell tour to mark the retirement of the type from service.

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Scaled Composites Stratolaunch: how it works and why it exists

Six engines. Twin fuselages. A launch platform for hypersonic vehicles. Mark Broadbent reports on the unique Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft

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How a pricey restaurant bill led an actor to start an airline with a Dragon Rapide

The very fine restoration of a de Havilland Dragon Rapide also resurrected a British airline name from the past. We tracked down the man who ran the original Scillonia Airways, and talked to one of the leading lights in the modern operation of the same name

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ANALYSIS: What is the current status of the Ukrainian Air Force?

As the war between Russia and Ukraine presses on through a second month, Vladimir Trendafilovski examines the status of a Ukrainian Air Force that has defied the odds to defend its skies and dealt hard-hitting blows to its invaders

Emirates reveals return to another London airport

Responding to “sustained demand for international travel”, Gulf giant Emirates is billed to return to another London gateway this summer. Find out which one this is, how many airports Emirates plans to serve the UK capital this year, and more, by reading ahead!

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk restoration projects offered for sale

In a deal brokered by US-based Courtesy Aircraft Sales, a pair of Curtiss P-40N Warhawk restoration projects are available to purchase

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Flying Germany’s incredible V/STOL Dornier Do 31 airlifter

German jet innovation resumed post-war, and with a vengeance. The Dornier Do 31 V/STOL transport was a remarkable achievement — we talked to the test pilot who was instrumental in this ground-breaking project

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Royal Norwegian Air Force and the F-16: the complete story

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has bade farewell to the Lockheed Martin F-16 after more than 40 years of pivotal service defending the Scandinavian country and serving NATO’s air-policing system. Paulo Mata reports

QUIZ: UK aviation history: 1972-2022!

This month the UK's Civil Aviation Authority celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the milestone, we've a special quiz to test your knowledge of events which shaped the organisation from the past five decades. Good luck!

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

ILA Berlin 2022

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!