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Boeing 757

This week on Key.Aero we’re celebrating the venerable Boeing 757 as it marks its 40th year of commercial service. In a series of special features, we highlight some of the type’s more unusual roles and explore what has made it such a capable and hard to replace airliner.

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USAF set to continue flying ‘retired’ F-117As for another decade

While the USAF formally ‘retired’ its fleet of F-117A Nighthawk stealth attack jets in April 2008, the air arm is now seeking to keep a number of examples flying in support of “limited research and training activities” until at least 2034 – more than 25 years after the type was initially withdrawn from service

‘Ironmen’ reactivate as new F-22A FTU at Langley-Eustis

In preparation for the relocation of the F-22A Formal Training Unit mission from Florida to Virginia, the USAF’s Air Combat Command reactivated the 71st Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Wing/Operations Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton on January 6

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USAF performs largest mass C-17A launch in joint force exercise 

Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina carried out the launch of 24 USAF-operated C-17A Globemaster IIIs on January 5 – the largest mass launch of the type from a single base – as part of a mission generation exercise that the air arm claims involved almost 60 aircraft

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 128

Welcome to the 128th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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More Typhoons in testing ahead of delivery to Kuwait

Two more Eurofighter Typhoons that are destined to join the ranks of the Kuwait Air Force were recently seen carrying out pre-delivery flight testing from Leonardo’s production and test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy

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Commercial

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EU investigates Aeroflot Boeing 777 deal

Could the purchase of ten Boeing 777-300ERs from an undisclosed lessor breach EU sanctions?

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Why Airbus A330s are a ’perfect fit’ for Condor

Condor’s initial A330-900 entered service in the carrier’s striking new livery in the last days of 2022. Mark Broadbent details the debut and considers the A330neo’s fortunes

QUIZ: The ultimate IATA code quiz! (Part Two)

We had a fantastic response to last week’s IATA code quiz, so we’re treating you to a second batch of global guesswork. Be warned – there are a few extra tricky questions in here to sort the expert codebreakers from the aviation mess makers. Good luck!

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Historic

Lockheed Orion on its way to museum

Following the final flights of the RNZAF’s Lockheed P-3K2 Orion fleet in January, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has confirmed that an example will join its collection

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How the Westland Wasp makes a practical private-owner helicopter

What’s it like for a private owner who’s never operated an historic aeroplane before to take on custodianship of a rotary classic?

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Channel Airways - the story behind the 1960s low-cost trailblazer

The golden livery on its jets wasn’t Channel Airways’ own invention, but a low-fare, maximum-utilisation concept was. Sadly, as the late Bruce Hales-Dutton found out, it wasn’t enough to save this brave British independent carrier 

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Flight Simulation

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Hype Performance Group’s Hot Air Balloon

While we’re used to seeing most genres represented across major simulation platforms, occasionally a new area is opened up that grabs your attention. Here we review the HPG Hot Air Balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FlyingIron Simulations’ P-38L Lightning

FlyingIron Simulations has rapidly acquired a reputation for producing exceptionally high-quality add-ons for both X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator. This time we take their P-38L Lightning for a spin and see how it measures up.

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Laminar Research’s X-Plane 12 review

In this review, we take a look at X-Plane 12, arguably one of the more significant developments for the platform.

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