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Boeing 727 on ground at Chicago International in the 1980s Feature Premium

The ex-American Airlines Boeing 727 that vanished

In May 2003, the trijet took off from an airport in Angola and was never seen again. Key.Aero recounts the events of an extraordinary incident that continues to stump investigators to this day

UK outlines final Eurofighter offering for Finland

On behalf of the Eurofighter consortium, the UK has outlined the best and final offer in its Typhoon proposal for Finland, which seeks to procure a new multi-role fighter to replace its ageing Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet

The man who’s been writing about Spitfires for FlyPast since 1981

As the magazine celebrates its 40th birthday, we chat to Peter Arnold about how he came to be its Spitfire expert, the feature on his Seafire F.46 restoration from 1982… and his favourite ever cover

First two Danish F-35As arrive at Luke AFB

Pilots belonging to the Royal Danish Air Force have delivered the first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Luke AFB, Arizona

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A few more amazing archival snaps for your perusal!

RAF Typhoons return to Romania for air policing mission

Four RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have arrived in Romania to support NATO’s ongoing enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26

Elstree & Shoreham Airports for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced two new airport releases for Microsoft Flight Simulator - EGTR Elstree and EGKA Shoreham.

World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator On Final

Aerosoft has revealed the first part of the World of Aircraft series ‘Glider Simulator’ will be released on May 26 and will be available on the Aerosoft online shop and Steam.

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

Another five incredible snaps to whet your historic aviation appetite!

Zimbabwean AB412SP crashes near Harare

An Agusta-Bell 412SP utility helicopter belonging to the Air Force of Zimbabwe crashed into a house in the Hukuru area of Arkturus – 32km southeast of Harare – on April 23

Kenya’s first C-145A enters service

Kenya has taken delivery of the first of three surplus USAF PZL Mielec C-145A Combat Coyote (M-28 Skytruck) light transport aircraft

“I had two choices: blow into a tube for nine hours… or crash in the Atlantic”

There aren’t many situations more serious for a pilot than a fuel problem in the middle of an ocean. But as Key.Aero found out, that was the position Kerry McCauley was in while ferrying a brand-new Beechcraft Bonanza from the US to Paris

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Indian Navy activates first Dhruv Mk III unit

Indian Naval Air Squadron 323 ‘Harriers’ has been formally commissioned as the first unit to operate the latest variant of the indigenously developed HAL Advanced Light Helicopter, otherwise known as the Dhruv Mk III

Poland confirms order for five surplus USAF C-130Hs

Poland’s Minister of National Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, has confirmed that the acquisition of five second-hand USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports has been finalised

How anti-drug inspections led to 737 depressurisation and diversion

While all oxygen masks deployed, two rows of passengers damaged the devices and had to be moved to different seats during the emergency

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

More brilliant snaps from our extensive archives!

Argentina acquires second-hand 737-700

A 17-year-old, second-hand Boeing 737-700 Next Generation is set to join the transport fleet of the Argentine Air Force

The aeroplane that could reach three times the speed of sound

The A-12 was the result of a CIA-issued specification, yet it always remained in the shadow of the SR-71 Blackbird…

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 40

Welcome to the 40th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

US approves MQ-9B sale to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 12 ‘weapons-ready’ GA-ASI MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft to the Australian government

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Why the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was ahead of its time

On the 51st anniversary of its entry into service, Key.Aero examines the aircraft’s revolutionary technology and considers why despite this, the trijet failed

FlightControlReplay v4.5 April Update Released

Fabio Merlo has announced FlightControlReplay v4.5 April Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and FSX is now available.

Three more F-35Is delivered to Israel

A further three Lockheed Martin F-35I Adirs have been delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF), bringing the service’s total fleet size to 27 aircraft

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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