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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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Win a Tiger Moth flight scholarship!

Young people with a proven passion for aviation have the chance to learn to fly in a historic de Havilland Tiger Moth...

An in-depth look at Airbus' Future Jet Trainer

Airbus is developing a new-generation advanced jet trainer for Spain, but how will this future platform fare on the export market, with air arms starting to look at the recapitalisation of their training fleets across the globe? We investigate.

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The story behind Qatar's Dassault Rafale DQ/EQ fleet

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is currently undergoing what is probably the most dramatic expansion programme that many of us have ever seen. This programme will result in an almost unbelievable increase in aircraft numbers, as well as a quantum leap in capability - as we explore

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An operational overview of Spain's now-retired Hercules fleet

The end of 2020 saw the retirement of the Spanish Air Force's military air-transport and air-to-air refuelling fleet. After almost half a century of service, we say farewell to Spain’s iconic C/KC-130 Hercules

F-15EX Eagle IIs debut at Exercise Northern Edge 21

Just weeks after their delivery to Eglin AFB in Florida, the USAF’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs have taken to Alaskan skies for Exercise Northern Edge 21, which is being held from May 3-14

Chinese Z-8AWJS crashes during aerial firefighting mission

A Changhe Z-8AWJS multi-role utility helicopter belonging to the Chinese People’s Armed Police-Forestry Corps crashed into Erhai Lake in Dali City – located in China’s Yunnan Province – on May 10

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth works up Carrier Strike Group operations

As the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 works up operations in preparation for Exercise Strike Warrior and HMS Queen Elizabeth’s (R08) subsequent maiden global deployment, the aircraft on board have been honing their readiness skills

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Aviation News June 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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The Airbus A350 story

Rising from the ashes of the abandoned A330-200Lite, Airbus’ A350 continues to bring the future for both the manufacturer and air travel. Barry Lloyd outlines its success

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Airport Movements - Aviation News 2021

A round-up of notable aircraft visiting UK airports

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Sukhoi Su-35 The Ultimate Flanker

The 4th++ generation Sukhoi Su-35 is the most advanced member of the manufacturer’s Su-27 family – but is it the end of the line for the Flanker? Piotr Butowski investigates

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Register Review - Aviation News June 2021

The latest changes on the UK, Irish, Isle of Man and Guernsey registers

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 42

Welcome to the 42nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

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The Historic Aviation 5-a-day

The de Havilland Heron flew for the first time on May 10, 1950. Here are a selection of photos from the Key archive

How an internet search helped cause dual A321 engine stall

Categorised as a “serious incident” by investigators, the simple mistake by engineers caused the powerplants to begin surging at just 500ft after take-off

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Unseen Luftwaffe reports from 1941

If you’ve ever wondered how aviation-related news was reported during World War Two, here’s the answer: the following article featured in The Aeroplane 80 years ago on May 9, 1941…

USMC ceases operations with legacy KC-130T fleet

The USMC has finally concluded operations with the legacy Lockheed KC-130T Hercules tactical tanker-transport fleet after 60 years of service

What happened when NASA deliberately crashed an airliner?

Nearly 40 years ago, a full-size jetliner was intentionally crashed into the desert by a team of scientists. Key.Aero reveals how and why it was done, and what lessons were learnt

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Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of photos from the Key archive

Eielson’s second F-35A unit receives first two aircraft

The second of two combat-coded USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadrons at Eielson AFB, Alaska, has received its first two aircraft

L3Harris and Air Tractor launch Sky Warden ISR aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed up to produce the AT-802U Sky Warden, which they describe to be an affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne ISR and other missions in extreme combat environments

Quiz: How well do you know your airline identifiers? - Part 2

Back by popular demand, this week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your knowledge of airline identifiers. Both IATA code and ATC callsigns are included so make sure to let us know what score you get!

The incredible history of the Handley Page Hastings

One of the RAF’s most famous transport aircraft made its first flight 75 years ago today...

BREAKING: Countries for UK’s traffic light system confirmed

The transport secretary has revealed which countries holidaymakers can return from without having to quarantine, opening the door to summer trips and a potential rebound for the air travel industry

US donates first of two C-130Hs to Chile

A pair of USAF-operated Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports are being transferred to the Chilean Air Force to supplement the air arm’s current airlift fleet

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

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The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

ILA Berlin 2022

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!