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Historic

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Above and Beyond - Ulric Cross

The gallantry of Trinidad’s Philip Louis Ulric Cross was twice...

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Serious About Seafires

Restoration Scene: In recent years the airworthy Seafire population...

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Handley Page Pioneer

Inside Stories by Frank Thomas Digby. Roger Taylor details just...

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“I watched Spitfires and Bf 109s battle above me”

Key.Aero reader, Derek Lunn, tells his story of young life in Dover during World War II, from watching dogfights unfold in the skies above him to saving his family’s lives by stopping to sort out his socks…

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First flight of the Gloster Javelin

November 26 marks the 69th year of the first flight of the last design to bear the Gloster name

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Irish Air Corps to potentially become Irish Air Force

It is understood that the Irish Air Corps will likely transition into an independent air component – potentially titled the Irish Air Force – in the near future

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Brazil’s 1st GDA: maintaining the F-5EM and preparing for the Gripen

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on Brazil’s 1st Air defense group, its fleet of F-5EMs and its preparation for the F-39E Gripen

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Ireland’s PC-9M fleet close to gaining new weapons capability

The Irish Air Corps (IAC) are close to signing a contract with Austrian company Airborne Technologies (ABT) for three Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance (SCAR) Pod systems to attach to its PC-9M fleet

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Aviation Industry Blasts Quarantine Plans Ahead of Launch Next Week

The home secretary, Priti Patel has confirmed to MPs that the government’s 14-day quarantine plans will come into force on Monday (June 8) as planned. Speaking in the Commons this afternoon, Patel said that the country is “now more vulnerable to infections being brought in from abroad”.

Transport Minister Grilled by MPs Over BA Job Losses

UK transport minister, Kelly Tolhurst has said the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) was “not designed” to allow companies to put their workers on furlough, only to then serve them with a notice of redundancy.

Delta's 'Mad Dogs' Make Early Exit

Delta Air Lines has operated its final McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 scheduled flights ahead of the type’s retirement. The final MD-90 service – aptly numbered DL90 – arrived in Atlanta from Houston on June 2 and the last MD-88 rotation returned from Washington/Dulles shortly after.

Hong Kong Reopens to Transit Travellers

Starting from today (June 1), Hong Kong International is gradually resuming transit services to some passengers after they were suspended at the hub on March 25 in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

World’s Largest All-Electric Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight

An all-electric version of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan took to the skies yesterday (May 28), marking a major milestone in the pursuit to bring electric propulsion to the commercial aviation market.

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Flight Simulation

MilViz Aircraft Now Available On Orbx

Orbx and MilViz have entered a partnership enabling customers to purchase MilViz products via Orbx Central.

Mariana Islands Map for DCS Incoming

Eagle Dynamics (ED) has announced a second, free map for DCS World, the Mariana Islands.

X-Plane Touches Down in Honolulu

The latest destination to be released over at x-plane.org is PHNL - Honolulu International Airport.

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Midlands Air Festival

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Alcester, United Kingdom

The main flying displays the organisers say will be on Saturday and Sunday. The event website also says: "Join us again for our fantastic classic air display in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate. There will be a wide array displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio controlled models in the world, that are so big you can almost climb into them!
"There will also be parachute display teams plus the chance to get up close and personal to some of our display aircraft which will be landing on site on our own dedicated runway! Our flying display will be an exciting and entertaining mix, with even a small section dedicated to our younger visitors."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

MCAS Miramar AirShow

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San Diego, United States

The event website states it will provide "static displays, and daytime shows that feature military demonstration teams, civilian aerobatic teams, aerial solo acts, vintage aircraft and warbirds."

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Hollomon Airshow 2024 Legacy of Liberty

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Holloman AFB, United States

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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."