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Historic

Vast RCAF gallery on show as book launch beckons

An art exhibition has been launched as a special book celebrating the centenary of the RCAF is due for publication by CANAV books later this year

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Aeroplane May 2024

May 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format features UK Aviation Museums 2024 - your complete, updated guide to the UK's aviation collections

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Meet the ex-Shuttleworth pilot who became Scotland's first astronaut

In Aeroplane’s monthly interview series, we recount the extraordinary flying career of Dave Mackay

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The 'Bucc' stops here: inside stories of the RAF's last Buccaneer days

Thirty years on, we recall the final service days of the ‘last British bomber’

Chipmunk pair find new homes in Belgium

Two DHC Chipmunks are under new ownership in Belgium

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Military

‘Bats’ complete final EC-130H sortie

The USAF’s 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) ‘Bats’ – a part of Air Combat Command’s 55th Electronic Combat Group (ECG) – marked a major milestone in its transition to the new Gulfstream G550-based EA-37B Compass Call electronic attack (EA) aircraft on February 15, when the unit completed its final flight with the legacy EC-130H Compass Call (pictured) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

F-35 achieves major production, nuclear milestones

The Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, William A LaPlante, formally approved the US-led Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program – the development project behind the F-35 Lightning II – to finally move into full-rate production (FRP), following the attainment of the type’s Milestone C landmark, writes Tom Kaminski.

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First German KC-130J heads to Évreux

The Luftwaffe’s (German Air Force’s) first KC-130J Hercules (55+05) departed Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Marietta, Georgia, on February 28 on its delivery flight to Évreux-Fauville Air Base (BA105), France, where it will join the Franco-German Bilateral Air Transport Squadron (BATS).

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Commercial

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Airlander 10 starts certification

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has formally begun the process of applying for a type certification for its in-development Airlander 10 aircraft, which it says is “designed to be the world’s most efficient large aircraft”.

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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Qantas welcomes Airbus A220

Qantas introduced the carrier’s first two Airbus A220-300s on March 1, 2024. The carrier’s QantasLink subsidiary operated aircraft, VH-X4A (c/n 55253) and VH-X4B (c/n 55269), from Melbourne to Canberra and Brisbane.

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Sikorsky to flight-test HEX

Sikorsky plans to flight-test a distinctive new aircraft called HEX – a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) demonstrator with a tilt-wing.

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C919 goes on tour

The COMAC C919 airliner, China’s equivalent of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, travelled beyond its home country for the first time in February 2024 as the manufacturer began a sales tour.

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Flight Simulation

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iniBuilds’ OMDB Dubai International reviewed

Yet again, prolific scenery developer iniBuilds has released another major airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This time, we travel to Dubai and explore its superb rendition of this iconic destination.

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​Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XVI: Caribbean

So here we have another monumental update from Asobo. This time, it depicts the beautiful islands of the Caribbean…

Sydney Seaplanes released

Pyramid 8 Studios has announced YRAY Sydney Seaplanes for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."