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Historic

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Hawker - The early years

There was a time in the 1930s when Hawker aeroplanes made up more than 80 per cent of the RAF's front-line inventory...

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The first Harrier: Hawker P1154

The P1154 seems somehow symbolic...

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The 'Lanc' effect

Despite the hopes of the bomber advocates and the fears of many others, the start of World War Two did not see one or two knock-out blows by bomber aircraft pulverising key elements of any combatant nation. No cities were flattened, and even into the May 1940 German advance bombing attacks were crucial only when combined with the threat or use of ground forces.

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Silver machine

Mainland Europe’s sole example of the Spartan 7W Executive...

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THE AEROPLANE News from March 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered momentous events of 1940...

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Military

Norway’s F-35s officially take QRA role from the F-16

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning IIs officially took the role providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) from the F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet after 42 years of service to NATO and Norway on January 6

Lebanese MD530F+ written off after crash landing

An MD Helicopters MD530F+ Cayuse Warrior belonging to the Lebanese Air Force has been written off after it crash landed into some trees on January 5

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Aero Vodochody's second L-39NG flies again

AERO Vodochody’s second L-39NG pre-series aircraft 7004 took to the air again on January 6 after being laid up for nearly a year to undergo avionics and ergonomic improvements

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Commercial

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Boeing 727 Oil Spill Responders

Passenger and cargo Boeing 727s have criss-crossed the globe for decades, however the type is also ideally suited to a more challenging low-level role. Craig West reports on how 2Excel Aviation maintains two of the tri-jets for oil spill response worldwide.

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US Airports Share $477m Fund

Infrastructure grants totalling $477m will be awarded to 264...

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End in Sight for Virgin Atlantic A340-600s

Virgin Atlantic’s 26-year association with the Airbus A340-600...

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RAF Islander R1s Get Avionics Upgrades

BN Defence, the military support subsidiary of manufacturer Britten-...

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Enter the Draco

The Pilatus U-28As of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)...

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Flight Simulation

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Pendular Rudder

Precision engineering

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PC Pilot Issue 118 Flight Sim Q&A

You’ve got the questions? We’ve got the answers!

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MilViz' DHC-3T Turbo Otter

The turbine version of the DHC-3

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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."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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US 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."

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...
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