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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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Viper Demo Team marks 50 years of the F-16 with retro scheme

The US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team has unveiled a 50th anniversary paint scheme for the 2024 airshow season.The F-16C Block 50D Fighting Falcon s/n 91-0395/SW from the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina now wears a red, white and blue scheme honouring the YF-16 prototype.

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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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Final live-fire mission for ROKAF F-4E Phantoms

Four F-4E Phantom IIs assigned to the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF’s) 153rd Fighter Squadron (FS) – a component of the 10th Fighter Wing (FW) at Suwon Air Base in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province – have conducted the type’s last-ever live-fire training exercise ahead of its formal retirement on June 8.

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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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Commercial

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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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British Airways to launch Tromsø flights

British Airways will operate its first ever flights to Tromsø, Norway in the forthcoming winter 2024-25 season.

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Severe turbulence strikes Singapore Airlines Boeing 777

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER, 9V-SWM (c/n 34578) with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board encountered severe turbulence en route to Singapore from London/Heathrow on May 20.

Aer Lingus to launch first-ever direct service to Las Vegas

Aer Lingus will launch its first-ever direct service to Las Vegas this winter from its Dublin base.

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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

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

Airshow London, Canada

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London, Canada

Major airshow

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

CFB Trenton - Quinte International Air Show 2024

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Trenton, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow