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Historic

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WORKSHOP RISING AGAIN

One of the most famous Dutch fighters of all time, the Fokker...

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“No other aircraft…”

RAF IN THE COLD WAR Beverley ops…could quite match the Blackburn...

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HEATH PARASOL’S 80 YEAR PROGRESS

This is the story of a tiny, 80-year-old aeroplane — scarcely the length of a family car — which, despite many mishaps along the way, is the sole UK survivor of a design dating back to the 1920s...

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FlightLine

Recollections and reflections — a seasoned reporter’s view...

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Military

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60 years of Special Mission USAF C-135

Combat Aircraft Journal celebrates the ageing special mission Boeing C-135s, with many reaching 60 years since they were built

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 95

Welcome to the 95th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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The USAF HH-60W Jolly Green II at Moody AFB

Combat Aircraft Journal visits Moody AFB, Georgia, to catch up with the latest USAF platform that could be needed one day to go behind enemy lines – the HH-60W Whiskey

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Commercial

What is the largest airline in the world?

What is the largest airline in the world? The answer, of course, is not as simple as it may seem because it depends on how you measure it. Here are the rankings, broken down by different criteria

NASA Achieves Engine Milestone in Quiet SST Project

Nearly 13ft (4m) long, 3ft (1m) in diameter and packing 22,000lbs of afterburner enhanced jet thrust, NASA has taken delivery of the engine it will use to power its X-59 QueSST aircraft

The 31-year-old airline that’s never flown a flight

On August 24, 1989, an airline was founded with the aim of flying from New York City to Russia – 31 years later, USGlobal Airways still hasn’t managed to fly a single commercial flight. Key.Aero details the fascinating backstory to this unique carrier

Brussels Airlines Bailout Gets Green Light

European regulators have approved a €290m (£261m) rescue package for Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines in a bid to stabilise its finances as it deals with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz is all about airlines! Let us know what score you got and share this with your friends to see who really knows the most!

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Flight Simulation

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IPACS’ Lynx Mk7

A stunning freeware helicopter for Aerofly FS 2

Avro Vulcan Takes Flight in X-Plane

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design, have released the Avro Vulcan B Mk2, K.2 and MRR for X-Plane 11.

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Baron’s Combat Corner - Air Combat Simulation

In this instalment of our combat simulation series, Derek Davis examines two of the most important elements that you need to consider when dogfighting – energy management and situational awareness.

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Helitech Expo

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Helicopter trade show.

ILA Berlin

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Schönefeld, Germany

The event website states: "ILA Berlin features the entire value chain and every tier of the aerospace industry, from Aviation, Space and Defence & Support, to Advanced Air Mobility and the Supplier sector."

19 Wing Comox Air Show

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Comox, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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

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."