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South African to Lease A350s from Air Mauritius

When, in a June 30 press release, South African Airways (SAA) confirmed it would lease a pair of Airbus A350-900s, very little was detailed about the carrier’s acquisition. Airliner World has since learned that the two jets will be handed over to the airline as part of Air Mauritius’ order for six examples, placed at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.

Qantas museum completes ‘Super Connie’ cockpit

The Qantas Founders Museum’s Super Constellation project is a step closer to being display-ready with the completion of the airliner’s cockpit. Volunteers Ray Boak, John Booth, Bob Sidgwick and Garry Murphy have worked tirelessly to finish this part of the project, which is supported by the Queensland government.

Typhoon project registered as rebuild starts

Work has officially begun on restoring Hawker Typhoon RB396 following a successful Crowdfunder campaign by the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group.

Ex-RAF C-130Js to Blue Angels and Bangladesh

At the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 17. Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group hosted the official signing of a contract between the US and UK for a C-130J aircraft that will become the replacement to the iconic ‘Fat Albert’ for the Blue Angels flying demonstration team.

Aggressor F-117? Incredible new images revealed

Combat Aircraft has acquired exclusive images that appear to show a US Air Force F-117A Nighthawk in a hybrid aggressor scheme.

Newark repaints proceed

With the advent of the better weather, the pace of three aircraft repainting projects has stepped up a gear at the Newark Air Museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire.

PR ‘Spit’ for Cosford show static

The RAF Museum has announced that its Spitfire PRXIX, PM651, will be among the aircraft from its collection being brought outside for static display at the RAF Cosford Air Show on Saturday 9 June.

Fly in a Sea Fury

In addition to its existing Spitfire and Mustang ride programme and the planned Lysander and Blenheim flight opportunities, the Duxford-based Aerial Collective announced in late February that flight experiences will soon be available in Hawker Sea Fury T20 WG655/G-INVN.

Spitfire IXT flies after repairs at Biggin

D-Day veteran Supermarine Spitfire IXT MJ772/G-AVAV flew again at Biggin Hill on 27 February, following lengthy repairs required after a take-off accident caused by engine failure at Woodchurch in September 2015.

F-117 Nighthawk — still out there, still flying (clearest photos yet) UPDATED

Combat Aircraft has obtained the clearest photos yet of a flying Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk since the type was officially retired by the US Air Force in April 2008.