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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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Indian start-up, Akasa Air, unveils first branded Boeing 737 MAX

The maiden Boeing 737 MAX for India’s newest airline, Akasa Air, was revealed to the world yesterday (May 23) adorned in the company’s smart, eye-catching livery featuring the colours of “Sunrise Orange” and “Passionate Purple”.

South Korea selects Bell 505 as new military training helicopter

Bell Textron has announced selection of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the Republic of Korea as its new rotary-wing trainer for the next-generation of both Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) pilots.

Meet the author who interviewed 450 TOPGUN aircrew

In a video interview with Key.Aero, Brad Elward, the author of 'TOPGUN – The Legacy’ discusses his book which covers the full 50-year history of TOPGUN. The book includes interviews with over 450 former instructors, graduates, and commanding officers, plus references to the development and evolution of air combat and air combat training in the US Air Force and US Navy

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Nord Gerfaut: France's daring delta-wing research aircraft

Tony Buttler reveals the outcome of one French company’s daring attempt to break into the world of delta-winged jet aircraft – Nord-Aviation’s Gerfaut

Top Gun: Maverick nears release

He wasn't expecting an invitation back, but nearly thirty-six years to the day since the iconic 1986 film Top Gun, Tom Cruise will return as Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

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The 493rd Fighter Squadron and its F-15C Eagles depart Europe

A fixture of US air defence in Europe for more than a generation, the departure of the Grim Reapers’ F-15 fighters marks the end of an era. Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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Exclusive Interview: RAF C-130J attends Red Flag-Alaska

During the dates of April 28 to May 13, one of the largest multi-national combat training exercises was taking place at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska. Key.Aero spoke to the Officer Commanding of No. 47 Squadron, RAF, Wg Cdr James Sjoberg, about the unit’s involvement at Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 22-1

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Embraer delivers 1,500th EMB 203 Ipanema

The milestone has been reached in a bumper year for Embraer’s agricultural aircraft

Japan flies first series production UH-2

Japanese manufacturer Subaru announced on May 20 that it had carried out the maiden flight of the first series production UH-2 multi-purpose helicopter destined for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service.

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Record contract awarded to prepare Tyndall AFB for F-35 operations

The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a record development contract to prepare Tyndall AFB for F-35 operations, with the site being heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 94

Welcome to the 94th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Arkansas nets LMXT tanker boom refuelling system deal

Lockheed Martin and Airbus announced on May 18 that the aerial refuelling boom system for the LMXT strategic tanker aircraft will be manufactured by Airbus in western Arkansas

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The daring low-level daylight Mosquito raids of World War Two

The Mosquito took part in some of the most famous and daring low-level daylight precision strikes during World War Two. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story

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CROYDON: Which celebrities flocked to London’s ‘first’ hub airport?

Great aviators, royalty and stars of the big screen jostled to be spotted at Croydon as an eclectic mix of post-war buildings gave way to a purpose-built Neoclassical terminal. In  the second of our six-part series we focus  on the people and places behind the emerging airport

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The colourful life of an aviation photographer

Fred Hill had a colourful life as an aviation photographer. Mark Hill reflects on his late father’s varied career – from learning his trade in the RAF to working on trials with the Vulcan and Shackleton at Woodford, Fred’s valuable imagery undoubtedly assisted in aircraft development

The ultimate Boeing 737 MAX quiz

In the week that British Airways owner IAG sealed the deal for up to 150 Boeing 737 MAX, what better time to test your knowledge of the world's most talked about narrowbody jet?

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Inside the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

James Peene makes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Mosquito and home of the UK’s first aviation museum

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Combat Aircraft Journal July 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Huge warbird fleet finds new owner

The extensive Flying Heritage collection assembled by the late Paul Allen has been acquired by Steuart Walton, a director of US retail giant Walmart.

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RAF surges reserve Voyagers into service as operational demands grow

For the first time, the RAF has surged two reserve Airbus A330-243 Voyager KC2/KC3 Multi-Role Tanker Transports – operated by the AirTanker consortium – into active service to cater for growing operational demands over Eastern Europe

Campaigns launched to fund major Vulcan and Shackleton projects

Newark Air Museum has launched a pair of fundraising campaigns to assist with major restoration projects on two of its Avro airframes.

The final Hustler built, B-58A 61-0280, displays the bare metal finish worn by the whole fleet. The aircraft is preserved at Pima Air & Space Museum, Arizona. (Mark Nicholls) Feature Premium

Convair B-58 Hustler – Mach 2 bomber

Mark Nicholls details the history behind the distinctive Convair B-58 Hustler and in this article from the August 1996 issue of ‘FlyPast’ lists the handful of survivors

Fenix A320 Takes Flight

Fenix Simulations has announced the long-awaited A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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When an RAF Phantom shot down a 14 Sqn Jaguar

May 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the RAF Phantom fleet’s one and only air-to-air ‘kill’. But, as Ian Black reveals, it was not a celebrated event

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Hunter pilot reflects on air-to-air combat experiences

Before the era of all-aspect missiles and helmet-mounted sights, jet combat was an art that needed particular skills. Pilot and author Rod Dean reflects on some incredible experiences, usually flying his favourite aircraft, the legendary Hawker Hunter

 

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