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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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Above and Beyond: Ray Lallemant

Graham Pitchfork recounts the RAF service of Belgian fighter ace, Ray Lallemant, who was twice decorated with the DFC

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Development and evolution of the Phantom

David Willis explored the development and evolution of one of the greatest ever combat aircraft

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FAcT of the matter: Canadian aircrew training

Canada’s Future Aircrew Training programme aims to renew aircrew training services to help maintain a multi-purpose and combat capable Royal Canadian Air Force

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My Dream Historic Hangar: Dave Unwin

Dave Unwin, FlyPast’s resident pilot and author of the best-selling Sky Stories, opens the door of his fantasy historic hangar to show us the six vintage aircraft he’d have if money was no object

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Gallery: Anniversary of the first flight of the B-24 Liberator

On 29th December 1939, the B-24 Liberator made its first flight. Key Aero celebrates the anniversary by looking back with a gallery of the best B-24 images

Inside one of the last remaining VFW-Fokker 614s

The VFW-Fokker 614 is famed for its misfortune. Woeful sales performance was followed by the jet being pulled from commercial service within a decade of its first flight. However, a sole example soldiers on, training next-generation engineers, as Martin Needham discovers here

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USAF challenges: Retaining the combat edge

Balancing the need to sustain its fleet while embarking on key bomber and fighter procurement programmes, the US Air Force finds itself pressured as the demand to meet new challenges increases

Netherlands reaches IOC with F-35

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence and Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) declared initial operational capability (IOC) for its F-35A fleet on December 27

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The short but sweet McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4J service

The McDonnell Douglas Phantom F-4J(UK) was a unique breed within the RAF’s inventory. Tony Clay examines the type’s short yet colourful service history

Historic Aviation Quiz: Aircraft Identification

How well do you know your aircraft silhouettes? Test your skills on our American types for the RAF…

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Coming of age: Maturing the MiG-29K/KUB fighter

How India helped the MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighter programme become Russia’s most important tactical aircraft development effort in the 2000s

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 75

Welcome to the 75th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

A Guided Tour of Newark Air Museum!

Join secretary and trustee Howard Heeley as he gives James Peene a guided tour of some of the impressive aircraft collection at Newark Air Museum. Watch the video now!

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Fire for effect: ALCMs meet the grade

The development of stand-off air-launched cruise missiles has increased lethality for their operators and proved their worth in combat missions

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Snapshot: Airliners in Libya during 2009

Chris Smith shares a glimpse of aviation in Libya from 2009, shortly before the North African state descended into revolution and civil war

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FlyPast's Alternative Christmas TV schedule

If you’re looking for some alternative viewing ideas to the regular Christmas TV schedule, the FlyPast team offer up a few decidedly left-field suggestions…

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UK seeks commercial solution for maritime rotary SAR

The UK Ministry of Defence has published a request for information for the commercial provision of rotary wing search and rescue for maritime counter-terrorism training

FULL INTERVIEW: New officer commanding BBMF Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden

Are you in the classic post-turkey slump of Christmas Day? Fear not, Key.Aero is here to save the day! Watch the full BBMF C/O Mark 'Suggs' Sugden interview now

The big Christmas commercial aviation quiz

Merry Christmas from all of us at KeyAero. For all the commercial aviation fans out there, here's our present to you, a 20-question bumper airliner quiz!

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Skynet Evolutions - Analysis of UK milsatcom

As the first metal is cut for the UK’s future Skynet 6 military satellites, Richard Thomas takes a closer look at the history of the programme

Romania confirms the intention of purchasing Norway’s F-16s

Via a letter signed by the Romanian parliament on December 20, the acquisition of 32 ex Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcons was approved

SAAB and FMV sign contract for Gripen E Equipment

A contract has been signed between Saab and the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new equipment for the Gripen E

Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Brenda Spooner

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The curious cargoes of Air Atlantique’s DC-3s in the 1980s

Air Atlantique’s Douglas Dakotas carried all manner of cargo – from Cognac to cabbages – in their busy ’80s heyday, as Charles Woodley details in a new book charting the carrier’s history

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Bristol 188: The Flaming Pencil

Despite its radical appearance, the Bristol 188 supersonic research aircraft never came close to fulfilling its primary objectives, as Tony Buttler reveals

 

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