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Historic

Newark Air Museum outlines restoration aims for 2024

The Nottinghamshire attraction will be focusing on two Avro airframes (among several others) and will also repaint their Hunter T7 into a Blue Diamonds scheme

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Red Arrows fly with Gnat to mark 60th anniversary

A Folland Gnat has recently flown in formation with the RAF’s Red Arrows to help mark the team’s 60th display season

‘Baby’ Draken refurbished as full-size example loaned to new museum

Unique Saab 210 Draken set to emerge from restoration in Linköping

Historic Aviation Quiz: Multi-engines of the 1940s

Can you identify these lesser known multi-engine type's from the 1940s?

Saab B 17 joins Swedish historic flight

Late last year the distinctive Saab was passed into the hands of a new operator

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Military

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A-10 Demo Team announce 2024 is final airshow season

The A-10 Demo Team has announced that this will be its last season on the airshow circuit.

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Pentagon unveils $850bn FY25 budget request and eyes further aircraft retirements

Released on March 11, the $849.8bn FY25 President’s Budget for the US Department of Defense (DOD) represents an increase of $7.8bn in spending when compared to the FY24 base request. The $167.6bn procurement budget includes $61.2bn for new military aircraft and related systems

Carl Vinson completes first Indo-Pacific deployment with Block III Super Hornets

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) – the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) – returned to its homeport at NAS North Island in San Diego, California, on February 23, after completing a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific region and marking the end of the first operational cruise for the service’s new F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornets

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Commercial

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Aviation News April 2024

April 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format puts the spotlight on the Polaris Program to provide a world exclusive on the fast jet fleet behind private spaceflight’s most ambitious mission

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New airline takes off in Tehran

Iran gained another air carrier in early February when AVA Airlines commenced operations.

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How a fuel emergency forced a 757 to land on closed runway

Icelandic air accident investigators have concluded a probe into a low-fuel incident which saw an Icelandair Boeing 757-200 land on a closed runway at Keflavik Airport.

American Airlines’ trio of aircraft orders

American Airlines announced orders for 260 new aircraft, including 85 Airbus A321neos, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10s and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft.

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JetBlue and Spirit cancel $3.8bn merger

JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines announced on March 4 that they had reached an agreement to terminate a July 2022 merger agreement after the proposed deal was blocked by a US judge in January on anti-competition grounds.

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Flight Simulation

DCS: Afghanistan now available for pre-purchase

Eagle Dynamics has announced DCS: Afghanistan is now available for pre-purchase.

Luton for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer iniBuilds has announced London Luton Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Cincinnati

Scenery developer FeelThere has released Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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."