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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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China Eastern Boeing 737 crash: The facts so far (UPDATED)

A Boeing 737-800 operated by China Eastern Airlines has crashed into a hillside in southern China. With details still emerging on this serious accident, Key Aero’s team of aviation experts has pulled together the latest facts as they currently stand

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: PC-12 NG Spectre

As the Irish Air Corps approaches its 100th anniversary, Key.Aero begins special coverage of the force by taking a closer look at its new Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Josef Campion reports

Top Aces Skyhawks first air combat training involving USAF fighters in Europe was with F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing in December 2021. One of the company’s Skyhawks is shown taxiing at Spangdahlem Air Base, home of the 52nd FW. USAF/Tech Sgt Maeson L Elleman News Premium

EXCLUSIVE: Lakenheath F-15s fight A-4 Skyhawks

US Air Force F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath have been conducting air combat training with A-4 Skyhawks from adversary air provider Top Aces.

CONFIRMED: China Eastern Boeing 737 has crashed

Chinese state media has confirmed that a Boeing 737-800 has crashed in Teng County in the country’s southern Guangxi region. Official reports say the passenger aircraft was carrying 132 people

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World War Two's Grumman Hellcat

Known for his economic use of ammunition, Hamilton ‘Mac’ McWhorter became the first ‘ace’ on the Hellcat. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver explains

Aviano F-16s training from Lakenheath

The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk is currently hosting 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 510th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Buzzards’. The 13 F-16CMs and a sole F-16D arrived in the UK on Thursday, March 3 though didn’t start flying sorties until Tuesday, March 8.

Lockheed Martin celebrates 500th C-130J delivery

Lockheed Martin has marked a key milestone in its C-130J Super Hercules programme after the company announced it had recently delivered its 500th example on March 15

QUIZ: Aer Lingus St Patrick's Day Special!

Will the luck of the Irish be with you for this special Aer Lingus themed quiz?

“I was lucky”: BA pilot on becoming the world’s most experienced 747 captain

Joining British Airways in 1987, Nick Eades went on to fly the jumbo continuously for the next 34 years, becoming the world’s most experienced pilot in terms of time-served and hours flown on the type. Thomas Haynes sits down with him to learn more about his record-breaking career

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Would Russia have invaded if Ukraine had kept its nuclear bombers?

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, Dino Cararra looks back at the eastern European state's former nuclear bomber fleet and considers whether Russia would have invaded if the country had retained its once-formidable deterrent

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Malaysia Airlines A330 took off with pitot covers attached

A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 took off from Brisbane Airport with covers still attached to all three of its airspeed sensors, a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found.

Only the bogie undercarriage units and the longer tandem cockpit enclosure provide immediately distinguishing features between the Mirage IV, seen here with its half-ribbon brake parachute deployed, and the smaller Mirage III fighter. Feature Premium

Developing France’s Mirage IV nuclear bomber

The Dassault Mirage IV was designed solely as a nuclear bomber and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reviewed the aircraft’s progress to entering service in its February 3, 1961 issue

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Finnair is issuing diplomas for flying over the North Pole!

Finnair passengers onboard re-routed flights from Helsinki to Japan and South Korea are to receive a very special souvenir to mark the occasion - Key Aero has the story

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was submitted by Paul Webb

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FlyPast May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Bleak future for 400 leased airliners “potentially lost” to Russia

International lessors could stand to lose more than 400 commercial aircraft to Russia after sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine have made recovering their assets near impossible.

Ukraine crisis: SkyUp appeals for airlines to fly its Boeing 737s

Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has launched a unique appeal to fellow airlines to wet lease its all-Boeing 737 fleet in economic solidarity as war in Europe enters its fourth week.

Irish Air Corps centenary coverage (March 21-26)

With the Irish Air Corps (IAC) celebrating 100 years of military aviation on March 23, Key.Aero will be marking the occasion throughout next week (March 21-26) with a special series of content.

RAF completes first drone flight using synthetic fuel

The RAF has marked a new milestone in its journey towards a more sustainable future after it successfully completed a drone flight using synthetic aviation fuel under Project Vermeer

RAF's last BAe 146 CC2 completes final flight

The RAF's sole remaining BAe 146 CC2 (serial ZE700) carried out its final flight on March 17, performing flypasts over multiple airfields before arriving in MOD St Athan, where it will be preserved at the nearby South Wales Aviation Museum

Airbus cadet pilots bound for Volotea

Angoulême, in southwest France, is the location of a recently inaugurated campus for Airbus Flight Academy Europe (AFAE) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus.

RAF Red Arrows confirmed for Midlands Air Festival 2022

The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, will be headlining the 2022 Air Festival, bringing two full sensational displays to the Platinum Jubilee special show this year.

Aero Legends Battle of Britain Air Show tickets on sale

Aero Legends have announced the 2022 Battle of Britain Airshow at Headcorn Aerodrome will be held on 24th - 26th June 2022

Wellesbourne museum suffers break-in

Volunteers at the Wellesbourne Wartime Museum near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, are warning collectors and enthusiasts to be wary if buying any Vampire or Percival Provost parts

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10 facts about the North American B-45 Tornado

The North American B-45 Tornado first flew on March 17th 1947. To mark the occasion, Key Aero brings you 10 interesting facts about the aircraft

 

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