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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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USAF KC-46A in-flight refuels CV-22B for the first time

The USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet reached another milestone on June 1, after the type successfully refuelled a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor in flight for the first time

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100 Squadron: The final year of RAF ADAIR Hawk ops

No 100 Squadron laid down its sword as an operational RAF unit on March 24. AirForces Monthly reports on the final year of the unit’s Hawk T1 adversary air operations

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Exclusive Interview: RAF C-130J attends Red Flag-Alaska

During the dates of April 28 to May 13, one of the largest multi-national combat training exercises was taking place at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska. Key.Aero spoke to the Officer Commanding of No. 47 Squadron, RAF, Wg Cdr James Sjoberg, about the unit’s involvement at Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 22-1

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QEAF's first marked Typhoon sighted and more F-15QAs are delivered

The first Eurofighter Typhoon destined for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) performed a test flight at BAE System’s Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire on May 9, while six more Boeing F-15QA fighters arrived the same day at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, en route to Qatar

Draken Europe's L-159E ALCAs en route to Teesside

Just over a month after the announcement of Draken Europe’s three-year £100m interim contract providing red air ‘aggressor’ training to the RAF on April 8, two of the eight Aero Vodochody L-159E ALCA are expected to touch down today at Draken’s facility, Teesside International Airport in Northern England

Australia to acquire AH-64Es and expand its MH-60R fleet

The Australian government announced on May 9 that it will proceed with the purchase of 29 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardians and expand its fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters by 13

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The IAC’s new MPA C-295's and the potential for a fleet of three

On April 22, images emerged via the Irish Air Corps (IAC) of one of its two new Airbus Defence C-295W Persuader aircraft rolling off the paint line at Airbus’ facility in Seville, Spain

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Irish Air Corps to potentially become Irish Air Force

It is understood that the Irish Air Corps will likely transition into an independent air component – potentially titled the Irish Air Force – in the near future

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Ireland’s PC-9M fleet close to gaining new weapons capability

The Irish Air Corps (IAC) are close to signing a contract with Austrian company Airborne Technologies (ABT) for three Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance (SCAR) Pod systems to attach to its PC-9M fleet

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Unit report: On patrol with Portugal's P-3C fleet

The Portuguese Air Force’s P-3C maritime patrol aircraft is the workhorse of the country’s search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, an adaptable platform that can be rapidly configured for each mission set

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First T-7A Red Hawk for the USAF unveiled

The first T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer jet destined for the US Air Force was unveiled by Boeing at its St Louis facility in Missouri on April 28

£360m contract signed for the Wildcat WIST programme

A total of 340 jobs are due to be sustained with Leonardo at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, and other companies due to a five-year £360m support and training contract being renewed with Leonardo Helicopters UK

USMC F/A-18C unit VMFA-312 deploy to Poland

After participating in major multinational NATO training exercise, Cold Response 22, Boeing F/A-18C Hornets from USMC VMFA-312 ‘Checkerboards’ have deployed to Lask Air Base in Poland

First Russian Su-35S Flanker shot down in Ukraine

Images and videos have been circulating online of the wreckage of a Russian Su-35S that has reportedly been shot down by Ukraine defence forces on April 3

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Unit Report: Portugal's Falcões & Jaguares

As the Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, Esquadra 201 and 301, operating the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon, continues to be the tip of the spear. Key's Josef Campion visits the two units in Monte Real

New nations take over NATO Baltic Air Policing missions

New NATO fighter rotations took place on March 31 via official handover ceremonies held at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

Blue Air Training and Top Aces combine forces

Blue Air Training and Top Aces announced a business combination on March 30

One dead, two injured in US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crash

A US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crashed in the area of Wallops Island and Chincoteague in the State of Virginia on March 30, resulting in one fatality

UK MOD to invest £695m into the RAF's Hawk fleet

Over the next 11 years, £695m will be invested by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the RAF’s fleet of Hawk T2s and the Hawk T1s operated by the Red Arrows

Boeing and Airbus join forces on Germany’s heavy lift helicopter programme

Aviation giants Boeing and Airbus Helicopters signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on March 25 to commence a partnership on the H-47 Chinook helicopter for Germany

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft

Comdt Donal Curran, OC 101 Squadron, talks to Key.Aero about the objectives of the unit, its use of the CN-235 and the future of procuring two more modern MPA platforms.

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: 102 Squadron’s Learjet 45

Operating a sole Learjet 45 for VIP transport and other mission sets, Comdt Peter Smyth, OC 102 Squadron speaks to Key.Aero about the aircraft’s role and future.

First UK manufactured V-tail for RAF Protector fitted

A GA-ASI MQ-9B Protector destined for the RAF has been fitted with the first V-tail manufactured on the Isle of Wight by GKN Aerospace

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: The helicopters of No 3 Ops Wing

From airlifting premature babies to fighting fires and conducting anti-terrorism operations, the IAC’s No 3 Ops Wing has a diverse range of responsibilities. Josef Campion reports

AERALIS reveals innovative modular jet at DIMDEX 2022 with Emir of Qatar present

British military jet developer, AERALIS revealed two full-scale replica jets during a ceremony at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2022 at Qatar's National Convention Centre on March 21

 

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