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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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US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

BREAKING: United goes supersonic with Overture order

The US carrier’s order is the largest to date for the high-speed jet

Nigeria receives special mission Citation CJ3s, AW109s

Two Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3s, which have been modified for maritime security missions, are ready to enter Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) service as part of the Deep Blue Project

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Sim Update IV released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update IV (1.16.2.0) for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) is now available.

Laminar Previews Next Generation X-Plane Lighting Model

Laminar Research has released a preview of the lighting model for X-Plane 11.

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Shims: The thin end of Boeing’s wedge

Boeing turned to the 787 Dreamliner for stability while its 737 MAX and 777X programmes weathered high-profile storms amid the global pandemic. But the 787 has since found itself on shaky ground, says Richard Schuurman

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Snapshot: Going spare

Qantas may have been the last airline to transport a spare engine using an underwing pod, but the Australian flag carrier and its Boeing 747s were by no means the first to employ the turbojet or turbofan transportation tactic

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Airliner World RecoveryWatch July 2021

China’s domestic aviation market is leading the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but it has been a bumpy ride

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Orange origins: Inside easyJet's early years

Joining a start-up can be a risky career move, especially when the company happens to be an airline. Thomas Haynes speaks to Tony Anderson about the time he made the leap from his job at Thomas Cook to become employee number three at a fledgling carrier called easyJet

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Cosmic carrier: Inside Virgin Orbit's Boeing 747

Is this the most unusual use for the Boeing 747 yet? Robin Evans speaks to Virgin Orbit chief test pilot and seasoned jumbo jockey Kelly Latimer about using the Queen of the Skies to get to space

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Plane talking: A chat with a Qatar Airways executive

Amid the pandemic, one airline has been bucking the capacity trend. Gordon Smith spoke to Thierry de Bailleul, Qatar Airways’ VP of sales for Europe, about the carrier’s bold approach

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CEDARJET GOES TO WAR

Within a decade, civil war had transformed Lebanon from being ‘the Switzerland of the Middle East’ to one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Yet the nation’s flag carrier, Middle East Airlines, flew on undeterred, as Charles Kennedy details

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The ‘swift bird’ takes flight

There’s a new kid on the American low-cost block. Chris Sloan meets Andrew Levy, Avelo Airlines’ chairman and CEO, before jumping on board for the first flight

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Travolta's hot rod heads home

Once John Travolta’s personal transport, Boeing 707-138B, N707JT, is being readied for a return to Australia. Chris Frame speaks to HARS’ president Bob De La Hunty to learn whether the jet will dash down under like grease lightning or if its arrival in Oz will be a work of (pulp) fiction

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Power progression: The evolution of airliner powerplants

Recent incidents have put the safety of airliner engines into focus but, as expert Professor Pericles Pilidis tells Tom Batchelor, new developments point to a cleaner, greener future

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Shattered propellers puncture fuselage after Metro snowbank collision

A crew’s failure to complete a checklist led to their Swearingen SA-227 Metro colliding with a snowbank, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB Canada) has found

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Airliner World July 2021

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USAF orders six more BACN Global 6000s

Six additional Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)-configured Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft have been ordered by the USAF

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Revealing Herald Service Entry Report from 1961

A fascinating article on the then-new Handley Page Herald joining Jersey Airlines from The Aeroplane and Astronautics, 60 years ago.

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Why 1971 was a terrible year for airliner manufacturing

The year that saw the opening of Florida’s Disney World also happened to be one of the worst for two airframers, as Key.Aero details

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Aeroplane July 2021

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UNARMED AND UNSURPASSED

MOSQUITO SALUTE PRI histories Eighty years ago this summer,...

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FIRST AMONG EQUALS

PIONEERS Harriet QuimbyJournalist, screenwriter, photographer:...

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SIR CHARLES MASEFIELD

meetsThe son of one of British aviation’s great men, this pioneer...

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THE POLITICS OF C. G. GREY

DATAFILE C. G. Grey remains a towering figure in UK...

 

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