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Saving Lives and Seizing Drugs

The Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles covers a wide and very busy area in Southern California. Alan Kenny found out more.

21-Mar-2014

Hosting the Testers

Naval Base Ventura County has the sound of afterburners again while they play host to two squadrons from NAWS China Lake. All images copyright of the author.

29-Jan-2014

Flight Sim 2013: It’s Show Time! (As featured in the new issue of PC Pilot)

Something rather special happened on October 19, 2013 at the RAF Museum Cosford. A group of more than 1700 like-minded people came together to celebrate and share their interest in aviation and fight simulation.

19-Dec-2013

Military Master!

AFM’s Alan Kenny had the opportunity to briefly chat with the BBC’s history expert, Dan Snow, about aviation

13-Dec-2013

48th Fighter Wing in action

USAFE aircraft based at RAF Lakenheath train all year round in all weathers. Alan Kenny was there on December 3rd.

5-Dec-2013

Flygirlpainter

Shayne Meder has been painting military aircraft for 14 years. Alan Kenny travelled to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California to see her latest work

22-Nov-2013

Nellis Air Force Base - A Hive of Activity

Nellis Air Force Base, just north of Las Vegas is one of the biggest and noisiest bases in the United States Air Force. Alan Kenny was there to photograph the busy base in action.

14-Nov-2013

Iceland Preview

Orbx has released screenshots of FTX Global Iceland.

16-Oct-2013

Jubliant Jersey's Magic

With unfortunate cancellations due to the weather, the air display still went ahead. Bob Franklin attending the 2013 Jersey International Air Display. All images by the author.

23-Sep-2013

Air France

Celebrating 70 Years of Service

10-Sep-2013

Army National Guard Flying Units 2013

Below is a list of all US Army National Guard Flying Units as detailed in October's issue of AirForces Monthly (see page 96). Compiled by Tom Kaminski.

6-Sep-2013

Aircraft profile: Short Brothers’ C-23 Sherpa

Far from being the most glamorous aircraft on the US inventory, the C-23 Sherpa has received several less than complimentary nicknames including ‘Boxcar with Wings’ and ‘Flying Winnebago’. Despite this, Tom Kaminski tells us it has proven itself to be a utilitarian workhorse and an important asset that has served both the US Army and the USAF during its career.

6-Sep-2013

Farnborough’s Tribute

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Farnborough when it comes to Britain’s aviation history. Samuel Cody made the first ever powered flight from the north east Hampshire town in 1908, and Farnborough’s airshows over the years are the stuff of legends. Today, the airfield is still very much alive with aviation development work and commercial flying.

9-Aug-2013

Tomcat X Preview Shots

Aerosoft has released preview images of the F-14 Tomcat for FSX.

7-Aug-2013

Pirates of Culdrose

Lewis Gaylard reports from England's most Westerly air show, the RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2013. All images by the author.

6-Aug-2013

Somerset's Finest

Lewis Gaylard attended Somerset's RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2013. Images by Mike Kerr and Bob Franklin.

6-Aug-2013

I predict a RIAT

Alan Kenny attended the 2013 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. All images by Gary Parsons unless stated.

5-Aug-2013

MiG-21B for DCS World - in Development

The MiG-21Bis Fishbed is an independent 3rd party module within DCS:World series and is being developed by beczl Studios in association with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics.

13-May-2013

Preview - Austria Professional HD from Aerosoft

The package will come in two parts, East and West, and will cover the whole country with high definition imagery and all important objects.

1-May-2013

One helo of a day

Naval Air Facility El Centro is famed for its large detachments of fixed wing jet aircraft and busy flight line, but when Alan Kenny visited, he found it to be very different to the norm.

15-Apr-2013

Last Flight of Final Royal Air Force VC10 K4

Arriving at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leiceistershire, today from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, one day later than originally planned, was BAC VC10 K4 ZD241 ‘N’, the last remaining example of this variant in Royal Air Force service.

21-Mar-2013

Keeping it in the family

Rod Dean. Pilot, parent, passenger. AFM witnessed a historic event of 50 years of flying.

20-Mar-2013

Another RAF VC10 Flies into Retirement

An additional Royal Air Force/101 Squadron VC10 K3 made its final flight today, when ZA149 ‘H’ departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, for the final time.

19-Mar-2013

Avalon airshow 2013

Norman Long attended the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in Victoria to capture the action for AirForces Monthly and Key.aero.

15-Mar-2013

Duxford’s Autumn Airshow tops key.aero poll

Mick Britton evaluates why Duxford's end-of-season airshow is the favourite amongst key.aero readers.

9-Nov-2012

Challenging Airports! - Saint Barthelemy's Gustav III Airport

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."- Captain A. G. Lamplugh

11-Sep-2012

Spotlight - The Handley Page Hampden

Here’s a free five-page sample feature from our Spotlight Series.

30-Aug-2012

Sample Feature - Aces Series

Here’s a free five-page sample feature from our new Aces of World War Two series.

10-Aug-2012

Eznis Airways

Although it is barely five years old, Eznis Airways has emerged as the leading domestic airline in Mongolia. Sebastian Schmitz travels to the carrier’s base in Ulaanbaatar to discover the secret to its success.

14-Mar-2012

From the Flightdeck : Boeing 757

Marco Finelli joins the crew of an Air Italy flight from Italy to Brazil.

11-Jan-2012

Duxford Bomber Revival

IWM Duxford is conserving Boeing B-17G ‘Mary Alice’ for future generations. Steve Beebee got a progress report

28-Nov-2011

Boeing Finally Delivers...

US MANUFACTURER Boeing delivered its first B787 to launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) on September 26. Dubbed the Dreamliner, the jet was presented to airline executives by over 500 Boeing employees in a ceremony at its Everett plant in Seattle.

23-Nov-2011

Over and out!

After three years on the display circuit, Belgian F-16 pilot Commandant Aviator Michel ‘Mitch’ Beulen is moving on to pastures new. Mick Britton caught up with him at his final display at Duxford in October.

8-Nov-2011

Thailand’s ROYAL ORCHID - Airliner World, August 2009

2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of Thai Airways International (THAI). Barry Woods-Turner takes a look at how the Asian carrier has evolved over this period and how the current economic downturn will affect its future prospects.

1-Nov-2011

Shoreham Shines!

Alan Key reviews Shoreham Airport’s 2011 event. Images by Gary Parsons

23-Aug-2011

A Grand Day Out!

Mick Britton reports on another American Air Day at IWM Duxford

22-Aug-2011

Talking point: RIAT 2011 – how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford over the weekend of July 16/17.

18-Jul-2011

Florida One Construction

Southwest Airlines shows how its logojet ‘Florida One’ was produced from parts to flying.

4-Feb-2011

It was always less bovver in the hover…

Mick Britton mourns the passing of the Harrier from RAF service.

17-Dec-2010

From FIMA to A400M

AIR International reviews the history of Europe’s new transport aircraft, the Airbus Military A400M one year on from its first flight.

10-Dec-2010

Workhorse still going strong

The DC-3 first flew 75 years ago, but still flies across the globe. Airliner Classics reports.

1-Dec-2010

Boeing’s Big Year

Boeing’s test fleet has been an incredibly busy since December 2009 with the first flights of both the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 updated Jumbo Jet. AIR International and Airliner World magazines have been covering the action.

22-Nov-2010

VSTOL flight celebrated at Dunsfold

It was 50 years ago that test pilot Bill Bedford lifted off in the prototype Hawker P.1127 at Dunsfold. Two Harriers recently paid a return visit, just weeks before the type is retired from service with British forces.

19-Nov-2010

Lightning shock

AIR International’s Editor Mark Ayton and key.aero’s Editor Gary Parsons report on the F-35’s flight test programme.

15-Nov-2010

Talking point – SDSR: Harrier axed

This week's UK Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) has announced the end of the Harrier in RAF and RN service. Tell us what you think about this!

18-Oct-2010

The legend of 'Bravo November'

With the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross to Flt Lt Ian Fortune of the Royal Air Force, it also marks the fourth time a pilot of Chinook HC2 ZA718/BN, otherwise known as ‘Bravo November’, has received decoration for bravery while piloting this helicopter that still serves on the front line.

27-Sep-2010

Postcard from Italy

The Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori aerobatic display team celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 11/12 with a major airshow at Rivolto, near Udine.

23-Sep-2010

Jersey fends off the wind

key.aero was in Jersey for the Channel Island’s annual airshow, held each year to raise funds for the Royal Air Forces Association.

13-Sep-2010

Duxford’s American Air Day

key.aero paid a visit to Duxford for its recent American Air Day, held on August 20.

25-Aug-2010

airBaltic - The big airline from the small country

Airliner World magazine reports on the airline’s plans to be a force in European skies following Latvia’s entry into the European Union.

10-Aug-2010

Elvington’s Wings & Wheels

Despite the Great Yorkshire Airshow’s demise, Elvington Airfield still hosts some flying events. key.aero visited the ‘Wings & Wheels’ event held over July 31/August 1.

2-Aug-2010

Newcastle International Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Newcastle International Airport in the North East of England has celebrated its 75th anniversary - key.aero was there.

27-Jul-2010

Talking point: Farnborough - how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, held over the week of July 19 to 25.

26-Jul-2010

Talking point: RIAT – how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford over the weekend of July 17/18.

23-Jul-2010

Harriers and Auriga

Sqn Ldr Paula Willmot, MCO RAF Cottesmore, reports on Joint Force Harrier's biggest deployment since Afghanistan.

23-Jul-2010

Diosdado Macapagal – Living with Mount Pinatubo

In 2008 Airports of the World visited the former Clark Air Base in the Philippines and discovered how it has been revitalised as a commercial airport in the wake of the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.

13-Jul-2010

The Big Stuff!

key.aero looks at flying airliners for fun in our latest flight sim guide.

23-Jun-2010

BA fires Virgin into Space!

In an exclusive interview with executive business channel MeetTheBoss.tv, Virgin Galactic’s President Will Whitehorn explains just why innovation goes so much deeper than just being “the next step” in business.

15-Jun-2010

June at Newark Air Museum? It must be Cockpit-Fest!

Howard Heeley/Down to Earth Promotions previews this year’s Cockpit-Fest at the Newark Air Museum in Nottinghamshire.

14-Jun-2010

Nimrods find new homes

key.aero reports from Yorkshire as the first Nimrod MR2 finds a new home.

14-Apr-2010

Duxford can ‘spring’ a surprise

key.aero takes a quick review of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford’s season-opening spring airshow, about to celebrate its tenth year.

9-Apr-2010

Beware of a low flying café!

An unusual eating place in New Zealand where enterprising New Zealanders have found a novel use for one retired Douglas DC-3.

19-Mar-2010

Apache reservation

key.aero takes a brief look at 16 Air Assault Brigade at Wattisham Airfield, home to the Army Air Corps’ fleet of Apache helicopters. For more on the Apache and its operations, see the April issue of AIR International magazine.

5-Mar-2010

Talking point: Airshows – ask the CAA!

key.aero will be talking to the UK’s Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) in the run-up to this year’s airshow season – only you’ll be asking the questions!

1-Mar-2010

Modelling in Somerset

In the first of an occasional series on aero modelling, key.aero visits the Fleet Air Arm Museum's Model Show, held on February 13 at Yeovilton in Somerset.

23-Feb-2010

Getting the gig!

The 2010 Royal Air Force Hawk display pilot, Flt Lt Tom Saunders, writes for key.aero about the start of his pre-season display activities.

18-Feb-2010

Invasion of the Body Scanners!

key.aero takes a brief look at the new body scanners being introduced at UK airports this year. For a fuller feature see the April issue of Airliner World magazine, on sale in early March.

12-Feb-2010

Talking point: Red Arrows: Time to go?

key.aero poses the question: should the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows be disbanded, given the state of the defence budget?

10-Feb-2010

Maritime times

key.aero talks to Harrier pilots from the Royal Navy’s Naval Strike Wing at RAF Cottesmore about life aboard an aircraft carrier. For more on the NSW see the February 2010 of AIR International magazine.

1-Feb-2010

Wonderful Westhampnett

key.aero was at the Goodwood Revival, held over the weekend of September 19/20, 2009. Goodwood’s motor racing heritage is well known, but few realise it started life as a retreat for Hurricanes from nearby RAF Tangmere.

22-Jan-2010

Whither the F3?

key.aero looks at the Royal Air Force’s fighter force, now a mere shadow of its former self.

14-Jan-2010

Talking point – UK defence: what would you do?

Imagine you are the Secretary of State for Defence and tell us what your UK defence forces would look like.

7-Jan-2010

RAFA Airshows – East Kirkby

key.aero takes a quick look at the Royal Air Force Association’s first airshow to be staged at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire.

7-Jan-2010

Flying at the speed of sight

key.aero looks at the good work that the ORBIS ‘Flying Eye’ hospital does around the world in saving the sight of thousands of people.

30-Dec-2009

Poll result: Which one will fly first? 787 or 747-8?

Well, the 787 finally made it into the sky and in doing so beat its sibling 747-8, which is now expected to perform its maiden flight early in January.

15-Dec-2009

Duxford’s ‘dark side’!

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford is well known to many, but its north side, on the other side of the A505 main road, has a history unexplored by most visitors. key.aero was invited along on one of the first ‘Unseen Duxford’ tours.

10-Dec-2009

Airliner Classic: Airbus A300 – the beginning for a giant

key.aero reviews the development of the model that represented Airbus’s first entry into the commercial aviation market.

4-Dec-2009

Best job in the world!

key.aero talks to Squadron Leader Ian Smith, who has just taken over as the ‘Boss’ of the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

27-Nov-2009

Right to reply: the CAA speaks

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority generally gets a ‘bad press’ on the Internet – key.aero thought it deserved the chance to answer some current burning issues.

18-Nov-2009

RAFA Airshows: Jewel of Jersey

Jersey’s annual free air display has been a feature of the post-war years in the Channel Islands – key.aero thinks it should be considered as one of the UK’s premier events.

3-Nov-2009

RAFA Airshows: Shoreham’s 20 years

key.aero talks to Don Bean MBE, organiser of the Shoreham-by-Sea Airshow, one of a handful staged to raise money for the Royal Air Force Association.

29-Oct-2009

Talking point: Thames Island Airport a step closer?

The notion of developing a new airport in the Thames Estuary has been debated for decades. What do you think?

28-Oct-2009

Night shooting at Newark

Newark Air Museum’s fourth ‘Day Night Photo Shoot’ took place on October 17, 2009

22-Oct-2009

Solo to Red in one easy move

Flt Lt Dave ‘Horse’ Davies has gone straight from solo Hawk display pilot to the Red Arrows in consecutive seasons. key.aero spoke with him at RAF Waddington about his jet-set life.

3-Sep-2009

Flying low & slow!

key.aero looks at the choices available to the private pilot in the flight sim world.

3-Sep-2009

Hardware - Cockpits

In the third and final part of key.aero's look at flight simulation hardware, here's the serious enthusiasts’ end of the market.

26-Aug-2009

Hardware - Controllers

In the second part of key.aero’s look at flight simulation hardware, we investigate the many different Flight Control systems available on the market.

26-Aug-2009

Hardware - Computers

In this first part looking at flight simulation hardware, key.aero looks at what PC requirements may be needed.

26-Aug-2009

Air Combat Simulation - Kick the tires and light the fires!

Getting the best out of your combat sim - a brief guide from key.aero

20-Aug-2009

Queen of its time

Although the aviation industry has made dramatic moves forward over the past 40 years, the Boeing 747 has aged gracefully. key.aero charts the history of an aircraft that became an icon of the 20th century.

20-Aug-2009

Time machine

Passengers would leave London’s Heathrow Airport at 10:30am aboard Concorde and arrive in New York at 09:30am the same day - business people still had an entire working day ahead of them. key.aero looks at the history of one of the most iconic airliners of all time.

19-Aug-2009

Trail-blazer

As it celebrates its 55th anniversary, key.aero looks at Boeing’s 707, the ‘granddaddy’ of the modern airliner.

17-Aug-2009

Amiable Arrow

key.aero flys the ubiquitous Piper Arrow, familiar to many private pilots.

14-Aug-2009

Spitfire delight

Every boy's dream is to fly a Spitfire...

14-Aug-2009

Grappling a Grob

With the Royal Air Force’s new Military Flying Training System about to come into effect in the next couple of years, key.aero tries out the military’s basic trainer, the Grob 115E Tutor, also popular with private pilots.

13-Aug-2009

Flight of the Butcher Bird

key.aero reports on the highlight of Flying Legends 2009, held over July 11/12.

11-Aug-2009

King of the airshow

Just before the 2009 Royal International Air Tattoo, key.aero spoke to Tim Prince, one of the founding fathers of the Air Tattoo about its troubled 2008 and plans for the future.

29-Jul-2009

Moths gather at Mildenhall

As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations at RAF Mildenhall on May 15, the Americans invited a gaggle of veteran aircraft to recreate the start of the historic England-to-Australia air race, held on October 20, 1934.

23-Jul-2009

Bring back ‘Air Fete’!

Mildenhall’s 75th Anniversary event in May brought back memories of the much-missed annual ‘Air Fete’.

23-Jul-2009

Duxford’s new Typhoon

key.aero reports on the unveiling of the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) most up-to-date exhibit, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

22-Jul-2009

Fortress fortitude

key.aero looks at the B-17 Preservation Society's trying time over the last two years.

17-Jul-2009

Defending the Barracuda

key.aero spoke to Bertie Vigrass OBE about the Fairey Barracuda and its infamous reputation.

17-Jul-2009

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown flies F-35!

One of the guests of honour aboard HMS Illustrious at Greenwich for the ‘Fly Navy 100’ flypast was legendary test pilot Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, FRAeS, RN.

17-Jul-2009

London's Naval inspection

key.aero was aboard HMS Illustrious for the Fly Navy 100 flypast over London.

14-Jul-2009

‘Big Tel’ tells it like it is

key.aero got a chance to speak with Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB at the Fly Navy 100 flypast at Greenwich.

14-Jul-2009

Carry On, Harrier

key.aero looks at the future of the Royal Air Force's Harrier Force on its withdrawal from operations in Afghanistan.

14-Jul-2009

Waddington evolves

key.aero looks at the recent changes behind the scenes at one of the UK’s largest military airshows. All images are from the 2009 event, held over the weekend of July 4/5.

9-Jul-2009

Pretend war at Warminster

Press and invited guests had the opportunity to witness the British Army and Royal Air Force in action at the ‘Land Combat Power Display’, held near the Land Warfare Hall, Harman Lines, Warminster in Wiltshire.

8-Jul-2009


 
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