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The incredible history of the Handley Page Hastings

One of the RAF’s most famous transport aircraft made its first flight 75 years ago today...

BREAKING: Countries for UK’s traffic light system confirmed

The transport secretary has revealed which countries holidaymakers can return from without having to quarantine, opening the door to summer trips and a potential rebound for the air travel industry

US donates first of two C-130Hs to Chile

A pair of USAF-operated Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports are being transferred to the Chilean Air Force to supplement the air arm’s current airlift fleet

RAF celebrates 40 years of Chinook ops with special scheme

The Royal Air Force has applied a special Union Jack-themed scheme to one of its Boeing Chinook HC6A heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters in celebration of the type’s 40 years of operational service

Avelo announces East Coast expansion plans

Just one week after beginning operations in California, the new carrier laid out its strategy for growth on the other side of the country

FlyPast Podcast Episode 20

Historic aviation author Jim Goodall dials in from California to discuss his new book on the Skunk Works, and some quite unbelievable SR-71 Blackbird stories...

The story of one of New Zealand’s most fortunate airmen

Alan Deere almost didn’t make selection for the RAF due to his high blood pressure. So when he kept cheating death again and again during World War Two, it was only fitting that his comrades should claim he had nine lives…

Zagreb Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Fly to Croatia’s capital with Aerosoft Zagreb Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

We mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt which took place on May 6, 1941

Sweden orders Grob 120TP as new basic trainer

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has signed a contract with Germany-based Grob Aircraft SE to deliver a new basic training aircraft system to the nation’s armed forces

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How the DC-8 was actually the first supersonic airliner

The 1960s were a golden period for aviation. Key.Aero recounts the time that the Douglas Aircraft Corporation set out to break the sound barrier in its DC-8, years before anyone else managed it

Caernarfon Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Orbx has announced EGCK Caernarfon Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

USMC receives first APG-79(V)4 AESA radar prototype

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has delivered the first APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array radar prototype to the USMC for testing on the Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighter

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

Final AC-130W training flight for 551st SOS

As part of the drawdown of US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 551st Special Operations Squadron at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, the unit has ceased training with its Lockheed AC-130W Stinger II gunships

India’s purchase of six more P-8Is gains US approval

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of US$2.42bn

Italian F-35As deploy to the Baltic

Italy has become the first NATO member to deploy its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, in support of the alliance's Baltic Air Policing mission

Airbus test pilot explains high-risk flight manoeuvres

Before any new airliner can begin flying passengers, manufacturers are required to put them through their paces to ensure that they’re up to regulatory standards. Speaking to Key.Aero, Airbus experimental test pilot Frank Chapman reveals the riskier manoeuvres in the flight test programme

L3Harris and Bye to develop all-electric multi-mission aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Bye Aerospace have signed an agreement to develop an all-electric, multi-mission aircraft, which will provide ISR capabilities for domestic and international operators

First F-35A for Lakenheath enters production

Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, has started manufacturing the first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the UK-based 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk

Historic Aviation Quiz

We're back this week with yet another brain teasing historic aviation quiz!

Airbus demos ground-based operation of C295 FITS mission system

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS), which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews

Miami City for X-Plane Available for Free

The X-Plane 11 add-on Miami City XP by Drzewiecki Design is now available for free on Aerosoft’s online shop.

Egypt orders 30 more Rafales

The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has ordered a further 30 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters to supplement the 24 aircraft previously ordered

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

 

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