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Three Nations, Four Engines: East African Airways VC10s

Jointly owned by three governments, East African Airways was the only non-UK Super VC10 operator. The type was well suited to its operating conditions, but the airline struggled to compete with larger carriers and eventually collapsed, as Barry Lloyd explains

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Escort Fighters: 118 Sqn’s Spitfire Years – Part 1

For much of World War Two, the Spitfires of 118 Sqn escorted bombers and strike aircraft on raids over occupied Europe...

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Sea Harrier FRS.1 to FA.2: A Capability Odyssey

Paul Stone, a former commanding officer of both 800 and 801 Naval Air Squadrons, charts the journey of this famous fast jet from its early days, where it saw action in the Falklands Campaign, through to the far more capable FA.2.

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Aviation News August 2020

Welcome to Aviation News August 2020

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Turbine Times: The Viscount and BEA

With the Vickers Viscount, BEA was the world’s first airline to fly a turbine-powered aircraft...

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Military

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Putin shows his hand as Russian forces move into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned the world on February 21, 2022, when he signed an agreement that formally recognises two proxy states in eastern Ukraine as independent regions - much to the dismay of the global political community. We detail what this move means for the ongoing crisis and where Russia's air assets are currently deployed in the region

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Funding for second tranche of UK F-35B fighters “held centrally”

The UK Ministry of Defence looks to have partially committed to the acquisition of a second tranche of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters and additional A400M tactical transport aircraft, following the publication of the latest iteration of the Defence Equipment Plan

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Red Air Maestros: A typical day with Draken Europe's Falcon 20s

Draken Europe and its crews onboard the Dassault 20 electronic warfare aircraft train RAF and allied aircrews daily. We explain a typical day’s work for them

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Commercial

Etihad Boosts Beirut

Etihad Airways has rapidly expanded its operations between Abu Dhabi and Beirut

Certification Hat-trick for Embraer Praetor 500

THE PRAETOR 500, Embraer’s new mid-size business jet, has been granted its type certificate

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Ilyushins on Ice

Felix Reimann was granted privileged access to join the crew of an Ilyushin 76 from Cape Town to Antarctica

TechCare Boost for Embraer

Embraer has signed new maintenance deals and extended agreements...

Début for Air France A350-900

AIR FRANCE accepts its maiden Airbus A350-900

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Flight Simulation

Fokker 50 touches down in X-Plane

Carenado has announced the F50 for X-Plane 11 is now available.

DCS: Supercarrier Update

Since the last update on this eagerly awaited module, the Eagle Dynamics (ED) team has been focusing on several core features of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

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Upcoming Events

NAS Oceana Air Show

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Virginia Beach, United States

US Navy airshow

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

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.

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

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."