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DHL boosts Boeing 777F commitments

The German cargo giant has taken its triple-seven tally to 28

Thai F-16A ADF Fighting Falcon written-off in crash

A Lockheed Martin F-16A-15 ADF Fighting Falcon belonging to the Royal Thai Air Force was written-off after it crashed in the Chatturat district of Thailand’s Chaiyaphum province at approximately 1340hrs (local time) on March 8

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Inside the Colombian Air Force's new Texan II fleet

As Colombia welcomes the T-6C Texan II to replace the long-serving T-37 Tweet, we look at how the Colombian Air Force is modernizing its fighter pilot training

Historic aviation quiz

How much have you been paying attention to the historic section of Key.Aero recently? Test yourself now!

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Whatever happened to the USAF's YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed?

David Willis reviews the troubled path of the USAF's Boeing YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed from ‘first light’ to last flight

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US slams Poland's MiG-29 transfer offer as untenable

The US has moved to quash Poland’s plan to donate to Washington its entire fleet of MiG-29 fighters following Warsaw’s surprise announcement of its intention to offer its Russian-designed aircraft in exchange for used US Air Force platforms

US Navy selects Northrop Grumman to modernise E-6B fleet

Northrop Grumman announced on March 3 that it was recently awarded the Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract for the US Navy’s fleet of Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command and control aircraft, which the firm will be responsible for sustaining and modernising over the coming years

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The last A-4 Skyhawk operation of the Falklands

Two Argentine Air Force pilots, Mario Roca and Guillermo Dellepiane, tell the story of the final A-4 Skyhawk operation of the 1982 conflict, when they attempted to destroy an important British command post

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A look at Africa's aviation industry

Tom Batchelor examines the challenges and opportunities posed as the continent seeks to strengthen its routes

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Aces High: Inside the 'Red Air' F-16 operations of Top Aces

We report on the pilots of Arizona-based Top Aces, who are aggressively pitching the legendary F-16 Viper against some of the most advanced fighters in the world

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Female aviators on International Women's Day

For International Women's Day, Key.Aero is bringing you a round up of some of the most incredible stories of female aviators in history

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Israeli F-35I Adirs claim first air-to-air combat kill

The Israeli Air Force’s F-35I ‘Adir’ fleet has recorded its first air-to-air combat kill with the claimed shootdown of two Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles outside of Israeli airspace

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Absolutely everything you need to know about AirJapan

More changes are afoot within the increasingly dynamic Japanese aviation industry. ANA Holdings – the parent company behind All Nippon Airways and Peach – has just revealed its plan for a new airline brand named AirJapan. Key Aero has answers to all the big questions – and a few of the smaller ones too!

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The state of the Ukrainian Air Force before 2014 revolution

From the May 2014 issue of AirForces Monthly, Dr Séan Wilson/Prime Images, assisted by Vladimir Trendafilovski, reports on the status of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as it was before the revolution

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History of Ukrainian military aviation in Crimea pre-annexation

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been an important part of Ukraine’s defence structure since the break up of the Soviet Union. Ivan Voukadinov relates the history of Ukrainian military aviation in the region following the demise of the Warsaw Pact up until the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014

Washington Dulles International Airport Released

Nimbus Studios has announced the highly anticipated Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD) for X-Plane 11 is now available.

REVEALED: Why Italian Tornados visited RAF Coningsby last year

A recent press release from Leonardo states that the reason for Italian Air Force Tornados and a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon visiting RAF Coningsby last October was for trials relating to the BriteCloud electronic countermeasure.

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How the Harrier was made into the Sea Harrier

‘Minimum change’ was the philosophy behind turning the Harrier into the Sea Harrier

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Operation Black Buck: Falklands' most daring raids?

The ‘Black Buck’ Vulcan raids have, perhaps, been the subject of more post-Falklands War debate than any other air operations mounted during the 1982 conflict. Forty years on, we analyse their effectiveness in the context of the broader Operation ‘Corporate’ campaign

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Development of the British Aerospace Sea Harrier

The aircraft that heralded a revolution in Royal Navy shipborne aviation

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How New York/JFK is transforming itself

New York’s John F Kennedy is embarking on a multi-billion-dollar regeneration programme that it hopes will cement its position as a top-tier international gateway. Mark Blacklock runs the rule over the airport’s impending transformation

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The aeroplane that led to the Harrier

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier was the face of aviation during the Falklands Conflict. But before it came the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel, an experimental aircraft that would lead to the first VTOL jet fighter-bomber 

France and Spain launch Tiger MkIII programme

The European OCCAR organisation has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade programme

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Embraer launches E190F and E195F conversions

It’s been a long time coming, but Embraer is finally making meaningful moves into the freighter market. The Brazilian OEM has just confirmed it will launch E190F and E195F versions of its popular narrowbody regional jet products and is promising “head-turning performance and economics”

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Lufthansa Group reveals new regional airline

The Lufthansa Group has unveiled plans for its sixth airline to launch - possibly within a year.

 

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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.

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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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