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Historic

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100 years of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance

The Royal British Legion was formed 100 years ago, in 1921 by Earl Haig. It was created to offer support for those who had suffered in The First World War. That same year, the RBL adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, but why do we wear poppies?

Unseen colour photos of British aviation's first 50 years

The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its development as an instrument of war and commerce. A new book offers more than 170 carefully colourised period images of aircraft produced in Great Britain before 1950. Here Key.Aero presents an extract from British Aviation The First Half-Century

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Leeds Bradford Airport marks 90 years of service

Leeds Bradford Airport (formerly Yeadon Aerodrome and RAF Yeadon) celebrated 90 years since its opening with a special exhibition during October

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Flashback to 1963 – HS748 Sales Demo Tours

A report on two intense sales tours Hawker Siddeley sent its 748 Series 2 demonstrator, as described in the August 15, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

Historic aviation quiz: 1940s RAF slang

Do you know your 'Popsies' from your 'Prunes'? Have a bash at this week's RAF vernacular quiz

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Military

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How is French Naval Aviation being modernised to meet emerging threats?

The Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation) carries out a wide range of missions from land bases, the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier and many support ships. We assess its strengths and how the service is being modernised to meet new and emerging threats

USAF, Northrop Grumman reveal schedule for planned B-21 rollout

The USAF and Northrop Grumman revealed on September 20 that the B-21 Raider – the air arm’s next-generation stealth bomber – will be formally unveiled to the public for the first time in early December, ahead of the type’s planned first flight in 2023.

Lightning strikes Belgian F-16BM during training sortie

A Lockheed Martin F-16BM Block 20 (MLU) Fighting Falcon was forced to make a precautionary landing at Ostend-Bruges International Airport after being struck by lightning on September 14

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Commercial

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The amazing artwork inside Vancouver International

Artworks are often placed to awe and inspire onlookers, but Vancouver International Airport has gone a step further – using art to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region’s indigenous people. Howard Slutsken visited the Pacific hub to admire the view...

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Key West: The little island that could

Key West – the southernmost city in the continental United States and Pan Am’s birthplace – is bucking all the trends. Chris Sloan charts the airport’s past, present and promising future

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Snapshot: What a show in Guangzhou!

Located in southern China, Guangzhou is one of the country’s largest cities and is served by the new Baiyun Airport, a sleek 21st-century gateway designed to cater for the boom in demand. Peter Apsey visited the busy hub in late 2019, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

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Snapshot: Pacific perfection on transborder travels

Regular contributor Ron Mak recalls the Pacific Northwest in 1980 during a transborder adventure that stopped at Seattle’s Tacoma gateway in the USA before crossing into Canada for a whistle-stop tour of British Columbia

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Runway to the stars: Spaceport Cornwall's vision for UK-based space exploration

Spaceport Cornwall’s Mel Thorpe outlines her exciting vision for air-launched exploration from UK soil

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Flight Simulation

Bali for MSFS Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Bali for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a download.

Berlin Brandenburg Open for Business

The latest German destination to be released by Aerosoft is Airport Berlin Brandenburg for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

DCS: Mi-24P Hind Available on Pre-Order

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship is now available on pre-order.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "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."

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

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."