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Historic

Hunter arrives at Bournemouth

The restored forward section of Hawker Hunter GA.11 WV381 has arrived at Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Autogyro collection moved

A collection of the distinctive rotorcraft associated with the late Wg Cdr Ken Wallis has been relocated

Who was Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane?

Official teaser for The Shamrock Spitfire released

Battle of Britain Spitfire Mk.I approaches completion

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I P9372 has entered the final stages of restoration with the Biggin Hill, Kent-based Spitfire Factory

Gripen prototype arrives at new home

Sweden’s Aeroseum took delivery of its latest exhibit on November 16, 2022 – SAAB JAS 39-2 ‘52’

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Military

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Another ex-Belgian C-130H ready for delivery to Pakistan

Another former Belgian Air Force-operated Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport has been readied for transfer to the Pakistan Air Force and was recently spotted at Melsbroek Air Base – which is co-located at Brussels Airport and home to the 15th Air Transport Wing – awaiting delivery to its new operator

PAS 23: Leonardo, Nexter to develop new 20mm gun pod for M-346FA

During the Paris Air Show, Leonardo and Nexter (a subsidiary of KNDS) announced the launch of a joint development programme that aims to introduce a new 20mm gun pod on the M-346FA (Fighter Attack) – the armed variant of the former’s M-346 Master advanced jet trainer family

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The Hercules in RAF service: the final 25 years

Following this month’s retirement of the RAF’s Hercules fleet, Mick Britton concludes his two-part retelling of the type’s illustrious 56-year career

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Commercial

Royal Jordanian outlines fleet modernisation plans

The introduction of new, next-gen narrowbodies, and separate ongoing talks to bolster its widebody fleet, have been revealed by the flag carrier. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Demise of a Giant – what killed the A380?

Lack of customers precipitated the termination of the A380 super jumbo programme after only two decades. In a special publication on the A380 in 2020, Mark Ayton looked at the reasons why

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Airbus A380 cockpit explained

In a 2020 special publication on the A380, Mark Broadbent looked in detail at the Super Jumbo’s cockpit

The Ultimate Airbus A380 Quiz!

It's A380 Week on Key.Aero and to celebrate, we've a special super jumbo quiz for you. From notable operators to technical specifications, this double-decker brain tickler is guaranteed to put your knowledge to the test. Good luck!

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What it takes to keep the A380 flying

After 10 years in service Ian Goold, in the June 2017 issue of Aviation News, looked at what it takes to maintain the A380 to keep it flying safely and how Airbus had refined the process

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Flight Simulation

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 Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 6

In our previous lesson, we left off overhead Mangalore VOR station. We now continue on our planned route to Albury when some unexpected ATC requirements test our understanding of VOR intercepts before we put it all together to make a simple VOR approach.

Chester Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

The latest US destination from Orbx is KSNC Chester Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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AOA Simulations’T-6A Texan II review

Complementing its existing range of military aircraft, AOA Simulations T-6A Texan II for X-Plane 11 is arguably its most sophisticated release to date.

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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."

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Danish Air Show

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Aalborg, Denmark

The air show website says: "The audience will experience a packed programme, where Danish transport aircraft, helicopters and fighters will perform a tactical demonstration and both Danish and foreign military aircraft will be on show on the ground and in the air."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Bagotville International Air Show

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Royal Canadian Air Force airshow