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Historic

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Save the Skymaster closes

North Weald-based Save the Skymaster has announced that it is to close its charity and halt restoration work on Douglas C-54, N44914 (c/n 10630) ‘56498’.

The Thomas Castle Aviation Heritage Scholarship trust has announced its 2024 scholarships

Applications for one of five available scholarships will open on May 1

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How the Soviets improvised to counter Luftwaffe night intruders

How to take on Luftwaffe intruders by night when you lack any dedicated night fighters? The Soviet Northern Fleet was forced to improvise — and the results were mixed

Historic ‘9/11’ Cessna for USAF museum

The National Museum of the US Air Force has received Cessna 172P N9344L, newly retired by the Civil Air Patrol.

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Mosquito T43 flies at Ardmore

On 18 March, former Royal New Zealand Air Force de Havilland Mosquito T43 NZ2308 — the fourth Mosquito to emerge from the Avspecs workshops at Ardmore, Auckland — took to the air with leading American warbird pilot Steve Hinton at the controls.

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Military

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Argentina buys F-16s from Denmark

Twenty-four F-16 Fighting Falcons have been procured by Argentina from Denmark.

Spangdahlem ‘Viper’ pilots demo ACE skills

Airmen and F-16CM/DM Fighting Falcons assigned to the USAF’s 480th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Warhawks’ – a part of the 52nd Fighter Wing (FW) at Spangdahlem Air Base (AB) in Germany – demonstrated its Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capabilities at Ämari AB, Estonia, and Łask AB, Poland recently.

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First US Army C-27J begins upgrade in Italy

The first of seven US Army-operated C-27J Spartan tactical transports to undergo the C-27J 1.2+ avionics update departed Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina on February 19.

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Commercial

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From Mystère to millennium

In the first of two parts, Rod Simpson details Dassault’s diversification from fast jet fabricator to the founding of the Falcon family

Japan Airlines Quiz

Test your knowledge here on Japan Airlines...

Record Stansted Airport passenger numbers

London Stansted Airport registered its busiest-ever year in 2023/24, new figures show.

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First E-Jet Freighter flies

Embraer has flown the first E190F conversion from its São José dos Campos facility in Brazil.

Repercussions from Boeing 737 MAX delivery delays

Airlines are having to change fleet plans to cope with delivery delays of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Flight Simulation

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Graphics card upgrade

Using a high-performance graphics card plays an important part in achieving high frame rates in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we look at the performance benefits of upgrading from the NVIDIA RTX 3060 to the more recent RTX 4070S.

Local Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 out now

The Microsoft Flight Simulator Team has announced Legends 15: The Dornier Do 31 is now available.

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Flying freight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

In this feature, we explore flying freight and the various options available for creating realistic cargo flights using the Airbus A320, Headwind Simulations’ A339x and the ATR-72 in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

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."