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Aviation News June 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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Brian Moloney Pioneer jet pilot

Tom Spencer recounts some of Sqn Ldr Brian Moloney’s experiences commanding the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s secretive T Flight, as it paved the way testing jet aircraft

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The Historic Aviation 5-a-day

The de Havilland Heron flew for the first time on May 10, 1950. Here are a selection of photos from the Key archive

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Unseen Luftwaffe reports from 1941

If you’ve ever wondered how aviation-related news was reported during World War Two, here’s the answer: the following article featured in The Aeroplane 80 years ago on May 9, 1941…

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Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of photos from the Key archive

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Military

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VH-71 Kestrel: The helicopter that could have been 'Marine One'

Combat Aircraft Journal reviews the troubled project of the Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel helicopter created for presidential use during the VXX program

Brazilian A-29s force down aircraft carrying 663kg of drugs

A small, twin-engined aircraft carrying roughly 663kg of cocaine base paste was successfully intercepted by two Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer A-29A/B Super Tucano light attack aircraft after it entered Brazilian airspace without authorisation on July 3

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Oregon Eagles: The F-15s of Portland and Kingsley Field

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the two major F-15C/D Eagle bases in the US State of Oregon

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Commercial

Airbus delivers first US-built A220

The airframer handed over the A220 to Delta Air Lines just under two years after it broke ground on the Alabama facility

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Which airlines fly the most aircraft types?

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces airlines to streamline their fleets, Key.Aero examines which carriers’ rosters boast the largest number of types

REVEALED: BA 747 saved from the scrapheap

As British Airways completes the retirement process for its Boeing 747 fleet, the flag carrier has today unveiled the future job of one of its jumbos

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Transatlantic yet still domestic

Home to around 6,000 people, the archipelago of...

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Snapshot:Magical Miami Memories

Nicknamed ‘The Magic City’, Miami is home to an international airport...

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Update

The latest Partnership Series Update introduced Blackshark.ai and details how it uses artificial intelligence to populate the world in Microsoft Flight Simulator with 3D objects.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Desert Wings – Tobruk is Out Now

IC Entertainment and Team Fusion have announced the IL-2 Sturmovik: Desert Wings – Tobruk expansion for IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Blitz Desert War is now available.

Reality Expansion Pack for Just Flight's Piper Arrow III Released

SimCoders have released new Reality Expansion Pack for the X-Plane version of Just Flight's Piper Arrow III.

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Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford Flying Evening

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The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."