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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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PC Pilot - Meet the Author Feature Premium

PC Pilot - Meet the Author

We meet our man from the 'Land Down Under': Peter Stark. Peter has been writing for PC Pilot since Issue 45 and has extensive experience as a pilot, in the real as well as the virtual world and is best known for his popular and long-running ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Flight Adventure’ series.

Hurricane in fatal crash at Czech show

Czech-owned Hawker Hurricane IV OO-HUR and its pilot were lost in an accident on 14 August

A2A Simulations Interview Feature Premium

A2A Simulations Interview

In part two of our interview with A2A Simulations' CEO, Scott Gentile, we focus on the hobby side of their business. Scott kindly agreed to talk to us about their upcoming Piper Comanche 250 and we also get his thoughts on the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Rotate Simulations MD-11 Review Premium

Rotate Simulations’ MD-11

In this review, we take Rotate Simulation's MD-11 for X-Plane for a spin and see how it measures up.

T-6C Texan II order for FMS customer

A contract was awarded to Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas, on August 12 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Legacy Training Aircraft Division, International Branch, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for three T-6C Texan II aircraft

Indonesia's first C-130J-30 Super Hercules rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed production of the first Indonesian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 3 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 3

For this issue, we continue our in-depth look at the humble NDB and discover some useful techniques that breathe life into this often overlooked navigation aid.

Four B-2A Spirits deploy to Australia for Bomber Task Force mission

Four USAF B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have been operating out of RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, for the past few weeks to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force deployment

USMC Hornets deploy to Aviano

Four US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets were forward deployed on August 1 to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from where they were expected to operate for several weeks.

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review

We explore World Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses Italy and the island of Malta. The package adds the usual smattering of hand-built airports, photogrammetry cities, landscape improvements and new challenges to pique your interest.

The Great British Holiday Airline Quiz!

As millions of us jet off for our annual break, what better time to celebrate some of the famous airlines which were once holiday favourites? From first flights to forgotten liveries, this week's quiz will certainly make you sweat!

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Schneider Trophy 1929 Race Programme

FlyPast presents a reprint of the Schneider Trophy 1929 Race Programme

iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4 Feature Premium

iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4

After what seems like an age, we're almost ready to seal up the Airbus A300 and push back from the gate. The passengers are all on board, the breakfast beers have been flowing in the terminal and there's a party atmosphere on board. So, let's push on, finish up our prep and get moving.

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Rapier Defence System revealed at Newark

Newark Air Museum has put on display what’s believed to be the only complete example of MBDA’s Rapier Field Standard C ground-based air defence system…

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Efes-2022: Turkey's Combined Joint Live Fire Exercise

The massive Efes-2022 military exercise was the perfect way to showcase the best of Turkey’s defence industry as well as its military might, writes Air Forces Monthly

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Airworthy Mustang goes ‘home’ to Australia

Former RAAF North American P-51D Mustang 44-13016 (A68-674) has returned to Australia after being acquired by Doug Hamilton of Wangaratta, Victoria…

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New home finalised for USAF Stratotanker

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 60-0329 has been towed to a new display position at the National Museum of the USAF’s Air Park in Dayton, Ohio…

Carenado PC12 for on short final

After several months of development, Carenado has announced the PC12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is complete, and the aircraft will launch on the MSFS Marketplace in early September.

Early days of the RAF C-130K Hercules Feature Premium

Early days of the RAF C-130K Hercules

The C-130J, the next generation of Hercules succeeding the C-130K, is due to be retired by the RAF next year. We go back to the ’60s with this article from the April 5, 1967 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ where Mike Hooks takes a deep dive into the RAF’s then new C-130K

Honeycomb Aeronautical's Alpha Flight Controls XPC Review Premium

Honeycomb Aeronautical's Alpha Flight Controls XPC

When Honeycomb Aeronautical’s CEO, Nicki Repenning approached us with the exciting news that the development of the upgraded Alpha XPC yoke was complete, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more.

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AIR International September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

US Navy F-35 chase flight contract awarded

The US Navy has awarded a five-year chase flight contract in support of its F-35 programme.

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Meet the RNZAF C-130 crew helping Ukraine

Despite being on the other side of the world the Royal New Zealand Air Force has flown in to help boost the beleaguered European nation, Air Forces Monthly chats to the crew

X-Plane touches down in the Philippines

Airwil Sceneries has released RPSP - Bohol Panglao International Airport for X-Plane 11.

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Latest passenger numbers at Manchester and Stansted revealed 

One of the UK’s biggest airport groups has posted its passenger figures for July – with mixed results across its three gateways. Key Aero has all the details!

 

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