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Historic

The top five most heroic flights of all time…

Aviators often know the risks they face with their chosen occupation. But these pilots took on that risk, while bravely ensuring the safety of their dependants…

Air Legend 2020 airshow: Cancelled

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the local authorities have prohibited the Paris Villaroche AIR LEGEND 2020 airshow to take place

When the X-15 smashed 350,000ft

It was an aircraft capable of Mach 6.7, and would expand humankind’s reach of the universe by proving that we could fly at unthinkable altitudes. On August 22, 1963, the X-15 reached the unthinkable – and then kept going… 

The evolution of autopilot

In 1914, autopilot was demonstrated for the first time. This year, Airbus achieved the first ever automatic take-off. One of historic aviation’s greatest inventions has come a long way in the last century…

Ultimate historic aviation accommodation!

A former RAF tower overlooking a bombing range that the Dambusters used has become a luxury getaway. We went to have a look…

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Military

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Would Russia have invaded if Ukraine had kept its nuclear bombers?

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, Dino Cararra looks back at the eastern European state's former nuclear bomber fleet and considers whether Russia would have invaded if the country had retained its once-formidable deterrent

Irish Air Corps centenary coverage (March 21-26)

With the Irish Air Corps (IAC) celebrating 100 years of military aviation on March 23, Key.Aero will be marking the occasion throughout next week (March 21-26) with a special series of content.

RAF completes first drone flight using synthetic fuel

The RAF has marked a new milestone in its journey towards a more sustainable future after it successfully completed a drone flight using synthetic aviation fuel under Project Vermeer

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Commercial

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Tales of the Trislander

Barry Lloyd examines the Trislander which was developed from the successful Islander...

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South African Airways: Wings of the Rainbow Nation

Jozef Mols outlines the history of South African Airways...

A380 to make way for A321 production increase

Airbus is to capitalise on the drawing down of its A380 production line by boosting A320 Family production at its Toulouse/Blagnac site.

Qatar Airways responds to Russia probe

Two former Qatar Airways employees based in Russia have been found guilty of charges relating an abuse of authority.

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AIR International February 2020

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Flight Simulation

Imaginesim Cancels KLAX Development

Scenery developer imaginesim has announced they have ceased development of the KLAX Los Angeles project.

New UK Destination for X-Plane

Orbx has announced EG20 Clench Common is available as freeware for X-Plane 11.

Airbus A300-200 in Development

Just Flight has released additional details on the A300B4-200 for Prepar3D version 4 currently in development.

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Upcoming Events

RAF Cosford Air Show

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The airshow website says: "This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom. Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground, and immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme. The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only remaining RAF-organised Air Show. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the RAF as well as an exciting summer day out for the whole family."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Helitech Expo

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London, United Kingdom

Helicopter trade show.

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

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."