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T-6C Texan II order for FMS customer

A contract was awarded to Textron Aviation Defense LLC of Wichita, Kansas, on August 12 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Legacy Training Aircraft Division, International Branch, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for three T-6C Texan II aircraft

Indonesia's first C-130J-30 Super Hercules rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed production of the first Indonesian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules

Four B-2A Spirits deploy to Australia for Bomber Task Force mission

Four USAF B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have been operating out of RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, for the past few weeks to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force deployment

USMC Hornets deploy to Aviano

Four US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets were forward deployed on August 1 to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from where they were expected to operate for several weeks.

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Efes-2022: Turkey's Combined Joint Live Fire Exercise

The massive Efes-2022 military exercise was the perfect way to showcase the best of Turkey’s defence industry as well as its military might, writes Air Forces Monthly

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Historic

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Excavated Messerschmitt engines on display

An exhibition has been staged in France to showcase the engines of three JG 53 Messerschmitt Bf 109s

Unique Desford makes final flight

The one-off Reid and Sigrist Desford completed its final flight on 19 August, on delivery to the Newark Air Museum

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The war and peacetime career of a film star B-17

In the August 1996 FlyPast Alan F Crouchman examined the wartime and postwar history of B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846 (F-AZDX) ‘Pink Lady’

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Commercial

Four Super Guppy aircraft proved invaluable for Airbus, ferrying large sections of airliners between its productions sites.  Key Collection Feature Premium

Guppy Giants – Outsize Airlifters

In the April 2015 issue of ‘Aviation News’ Charles Kennedy detailed the extraordinary Guppy aircraft based on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and military C-97s, which as well as hauling outsize cargo, once played an important role in NASA’s quest to get a man on the Moon

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Antonov An-22: Flying on the world’s largest turboprop

The Antonov An-22 is the world’s largest propeller-driven aeroplane. In 2018, Bernd Sturm fulfiled a lifetime’s dream of flying on one - Antonov Airlines' single example to be precise.

PICTURE QUIZ: Guess that UK Airport

It's time for the Key Aero commercial aviation quiz, and this week we have a special picture round! We're putting your knowledge of UK airports to the test - good luck! 

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Flight Simulation

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Exploring New Zealand's Mount Cook Region

We explore NZA’s Mount Cook Region scenery pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses the area around New Zealand’s tallest and most famous mountain, Mount Cook.

20th Virtual World Aerobatic Championship

Virtual World Aerobatic Championship 2022 Off-line aerobatic competition announced.

Lanzarote Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Just Flight has announced Lanzarote Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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