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The world’s oldest airline turns 101

As KLM continues its journey into its second century of operations, Key Aero takes a decade by decade look at the Dutch flag carrier's key milestones

The L-4 Grasshopper that fired bazookas

When one American spotter pilot decided that a small thing like a lack of ammunition wouldn’t hold him back, the German army could only look on in disbelief

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Panavia Tornado: The Final Operators

Following its high-profile retirement from Royal Air Force service in March 2019, the number of Panavia Tornado operators has dropped to three nations. Key.Aero explores the remaining users of the type

A2A Simulations Touches Down at OrbxDirect

Orbx and A2A Simulations have entered into a partnership agreement, enabling customers to purchase A2A products via OrbxDirect.

UJS Fairchild PT-19 Released

Uncle Jack Simulations and X-Aviation have announced the Fairchild PT-19 for X-Plane 11 is out.

Eastern Airways reveals new codeshare partner

The UK regional carrier announces an agreement that focuses on its base at Southampton Airport

Spectre arrives for Irish Air Corps

Three Pilatus PC-12NG Spectre aircraft purchased for the Irish Air Corps (IAC) for more than €43m flew into Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, Ireland, on September 10, to replace five Cessna FR172H Skyhawks

DC Designs Concorde Released

Just Flight has announced Concorde for FSX and Prepar3D is now available.

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World War II’s rocket-powered fighter jet

A wonder in principle… a flop in practice: Key.Aero remembers the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, a 700mph single-seater that was ahead of its time

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The ultimate guide to aircraft variants

From ‘neo’ to ‘XLR’, ‘LR’ to ‘ER’ and everything in between, it can be hard to keep track of what all the different airliner models are and what their identifiers mean. Key Aero examines the production lists to help you navigate this confusing conundrum

New Spitfire documentary is must-watch TV!

Have you been watching ‘Inside the Spitfire Factory’? The second episode airs at 9pm, Monday October 5 on More4 – don’t miss it!

Boeing selects APG-82(V)1 AESA radar for F-15EX

Raytheon Intelligence and Space announced on October 1 that Boeing has selected its APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for use aboard the F-15EX multi-role fighter

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 11

Welcome to the 11th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

UK’s first Protector RPAS takes flight

On September 25, the first Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) took to the skies for its maiden flight in the US

Why the US government fined Emirates $400,000

Following an investigation, the Department for Transportation punishes the Dubai-based carrier for an infringement

Airline alliances you've never heard of

With the three main partnerships accounting for just over half of the global annual passenger traffic, it’s easy to forget that other options exist. Key Aero examines the lesser-known alliances that live in the shadow of ‘the big three’

Four more Super Tucanos arrive in Afghanistan

An additional four Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos were handed over to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a ceremony in Kabul on September 17

The world’s strangest airline slogans

From cheesy catchphrases to word combinations that just don’t make sense, there’s been a lot of very odd airline slogans over the years. Here are some notable examples…

Indonesia wants to buy Austria’s Typhoon fleet

Austria's Defence Ministry has started negotiations for the possible sale of its entire Eurofighter Typhoon fleet to Indonesia

Quiz: How well do you know your retro airlines?

Continuing our retro airliner theme from earlier this week, can you identify these airlines in their old liveries?

75 years since the Hawker Typhoon was retired

Transformed from its original role as a high-altitude fighter, the Typhoon found its niche as an interceptor that could fly as low as 500ft. Watch our video of the only one left in the world…

What’s next for Switzerland’s Air2030 fighter programme?

Switzerland marginally voted in favour of procuring new multi-role fighters for the Swiss Air Force in a national referendum on September 27. But what will happen next in the nation's Air2030 programme

Watch FAA chief test fly the Boeing 737 MAX

The US aviation regulator’s administrator flew the embattled jet earlier this week. Here’s the footage, and what he thought of it…

51st Anniversary of Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

Taking its design from the world’s first operational jet airliner, October 2, 1969 saw the first flight of a maritime patrol aircraft that would be in service for over 40 years

ATAC to provide ‘Red Air’ training at Eglin AFB

On September 29, the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) announced that it had been contracted to provide adversary air live training at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida

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