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Historic

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How the RAF nearly kept the Phantom

‘Phantom Phinale’ went the oft-used description in 1992, as the RAF prepared to retire its Phantom FGR2 fleet. But, behind the scenes, there was a plan to retain this great fighter’s capabilities

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Royal Saudi Air Force Lightnings at War: an armourer’s story

Phil Isaac talked to Hugh Trevor for the March 2015 issue of FlyPast about his time arming English Electric Lightnings in Saudi Arabia

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74 Sqn Lightning pilot recalls Singapore adventures

Trevor MacDonald Bennett talked to Hugh Trevor for the February 2015 issue of FlyPast about his time with 74 Squadron

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Great ace 'Bud' Anderson and his original 'Old Crow'

‘Bud’ Anderson will forever be associated with the P-51 Mustangs he named Old Crow. But the first fighter to which ‘Bud’ had that moniker applied was a Bell P-39 Airacobra, and to mark his 100th birthday, a special salute was planned

Historic Aviation Quiz - English Electric Lightning

On par with the Spitfire, Phantom and Vulcan, English Electric’s incredible Lightning is still as popular today as it was half a century ago but how much do you know about it?

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Military

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Baltic Gripens: Inside recent Czech and Hungarian Air Policing ops

For two months, Saab Gripen-Cs from both the Hungarian and Czech air forces stood armed at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. The first time ever in nearly 20 years of Baltic Air Policing. And as Combat Aircraft Journal  reports, it should never have happened

Boeing delivers first upgraded AH-64E to the Netherlands

Boeing announced on October 25 that it has delivered the first upgraded AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardian attack helicopter to the Royal Netherlands Air Force

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New F/A-18E CAG-bird for the US Navy’s ‘Stingers’

The new CAG-bird for the US Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) ‘Stingers’ – a unit assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 – has been spotted during a deployment to NAS Fallon in Nevada

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Commercial

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Alaska Airlines announces its BIGGEST Boeing order yet

The US-based carrier is exercising options for the Boeing 737 MAX. Find out all the detail here…

Flying on one of the world's last Douglas DC-8s

Almost 55 years since its Douglas DC-8 rolled off the production line, Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse continues to fly this first-generation airliner. Felix Reim steps on board to learn more

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What’s the future fleet outlook for Air Astana?

Discover what the future fleet outlook is for the Kazakh flag carrier, regarding both narrow- and widebody types, by reading here on Key.Aero…

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Flight Simulation

Vans RV-8 takes flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update X released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update X for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available, adding a host of fixes and new features across the platform.

NVIDIA announces the RTX 4000 series of graphics cards

NVIDIA has unveiled the next-generation family of graphics cards, the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090.

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