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80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

In readiness to mark Battle of Britain day on September 15, Key.Aero revisits why the day was such an important turning point of World War II

Greece set for Dassault Rafale purchase

Greece announced on September 12 that it intends to procure 18 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters as part of the government’s plans to strengthen its national military.

London City Airport to cut up to 239 jobs

The East London facility has announced a restructuring plan which includes the loss of up to 239 roles across the organisation

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Urgent Action Needed to Save Unique Blackburn Beverley

The sole remaining example of one of the Royal Air Force’s most important transport aircraft, the Blackburn Beverley, is at risk of being scrapped. Aviation Heritage UK’s Chairman, Dr Robert Pleming, is calling for urgent action to save this unique aircraft for the Nation.

French Transall conducts African farewell tour

The last French Air Force Transall C-160R deployed overseas completed a memorial tour of African countries in August, marking the end of its 50 years of operations on the continent.

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Leeds Bradford's Replacement Terminal Revealed

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has released new CGI images of its proposed replacement terminal, showing what passengers could expect if plans are approved.

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There are 28 "Brace for Impact" Positions

The safety cards on board most aircraft only usually depict a couple of brace positions, but did you know there are actually 28 variants?

Indian Air Force inducts first Rafales into service

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted its first five Dassault Rafale DH/EH multi-role fighters into operational service during a ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India on September 10.

Ex-Italian Coast Guard AB412 lands in Uruguay

Uruguay's Ministry of National Defence announced on August 14 that the first of two Agusta-Bell 412CP Grifone helicopters acquired for the Uruguayan Navy had arrived in Montevideo. 

Air New Zealand Reveals Fate of 777 Fleet

Kiwi flag carrier unveils its plans for its Boeing 777 fleet as it continues to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Quiz: Can you identify these airlines - Part 3

Welcome back to the third instalment of the Key.Aero Saturday Commercial Aviation Quiz! Let us know what you got and share this with your friends to see who's the biggest #avgeek!

Fancy a free Handley Page Victor?

After several decades as the gate guardian at RAF Marham, Handley Page Victor K.2 XH673 faces a bleak future…

India’s LUH completes hot and high altitude trials

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd announced on September 9 that its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) had completed a series of hot and high altitude trials in the Himalayas over a ten-day period.

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50 Years of the Britten-Norman Trislander

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Britten-Norman Trislander took to the skies for the first time. Key.Aero charts the history of this three-engine rugged and reliable island hopper.

Duxford Airshows Cancelled

The Imperial War Museum have announced their decision to cancel the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms and the 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show 2020.

Iran Air is selling 12 aircraft, you won’t believe the prices

If you’ve ever wanted to own a Boeing 727, 747, Airbus A300 or A310 then now’s your chance. Iran Air is auctioning off its ageing Western fleet but while the prices are fairly affordable, there are several roadblocks to overcome.

SAGE 750 ESM integrated onto SeaGuardian

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc announced on September 9 that it had integrated Leonardo’s SAGE 750 electronic support measure system onto its MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAS.

Combat Aircraft Reader Survey - September 2020

Have your say and help us shape Combat Aircraft Journal by completing this simple reader survey. Tell us what you like, and don’t like, about modern military media.

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How many countries operate the F-35 Lightning II?

Key.Aero outlines who currently operates the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and explores how many examples of the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter have been delivered so far

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The turboprop that could keep up with jets

Featuring four engines with 15,000bhp each, the Tupolev Tu-114 has held the title of fastest propeller-powered aircraft since 1960. Key.Aero details the unique story of a speedy and reliable Soviet airliner

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The mobster’s son who became an American hero

When one man made a vow to restore his family name, he would succeed at any cost. Even if it meant being outnumbered by eight Japanese bombers…

IATA: 8,000 747s Needed to Move COVID-19 Vaccines

Global airline trade body urges governments to begin planning for vaccine distribution as it warns of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting by air

UK funds next-gen AESA radar for RAF Typhoons

On September 3, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced it had awarded BAE Systems and Leonardo a £317m contract to develop a next-generation radar for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.

X-Plane 11.50 Officially Released

Laminar Research has officially released X-Plane 11.50, introducing the Vulkan and Metal rendering engine to the platform.

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Global Airline Report 2020: Storage Spotlight

Welcome to Global Airline Report 2020: Storage

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