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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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BAE Systems to upgrade F-35 EW capabilities

BAE Systems has received a $493m contract modification from Lockheed Martin to upgrade the AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare (EW) system for the F-35 Lightning II

Meet the BBMF's new boss!

Key.Aero bring you the first five in a series of exclusive videos with the new Officer Commanding of the BBMF, Mark 'Suggs' Sugden...

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Air France-KLM CEO on the A220 and fleet renewal

Now boasting a contingent of 12 Airbus A350-900s, Air France is further intensifying its fleet renewal with the A220. But there are many more changes in the pipeline, as Andreas Spaeth reports from Paris

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Airbus and Boeing navigate narrowbody deliveries

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we learn more about the importance of the single-aisle market for the two leading OEMs

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Pan Am's iconic livery makes surprise return

It is 30 years since Pan American World Airways ceased operations, but the carrier’s iconic livery has made an unexpected return, as Martin Needham discovers

Quiz: Airliner recognition

Can you identify these airliners and transport aircraft from their photo? Let us know what score you get!

Another three F-35As arrive in Norway

A further three Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters have arrived in Norway, increasing the Royal Norwegian Air Force fleet to a total of 34 aircraft

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AIR FETE ’90

With the Cold War in its death throes, the 1990 edition of RAF Mildenhall’s annual spectacular proved to be one of the very best

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Asobo’s Junkers Ju 52

As the availability of new scenery and aircraft add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator via its Marketplace continues to accelerate, we take the opportunity to review an Asobo release of a historic classic of the 1930s, the Junkers Ju 52.

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FlyPast Podcast Episode 49

For this episode, the FlyPast team provide some alternative Christmas viewing ideas. Alternative, being the word…

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A double dose of Dutch

The historical ties that bind the Netherlands with the Dutch Caribbean and Guianas forged prolific, but sometimes turbulent, aviation links. Keith Otto explores the history of ALM Antillean Airlines and Surinam Airways (SLM) and their connection to Dutch flag carrier KLM

Qantas at present operates II Boeing 707-138Bs at an average utilization of 11.4 hours a day. Feature Premium

Qantas – when the future looked supersonic

A fascinating snapshot in time from ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News, June 25, 1964’ issue when supersonic travel was on the horizon. This article details how Qantas, like many airlines at the time, was planning to add supersonic airliners to its fleet

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Skytrooper moves under its own power 

Vintage Wings Inc’s Douglas C-53 Skytrooper 41-20095 successfully completed its first post-restoration taxi runs on December 12 in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Kim Downey

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2022

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RAF Typhoon marks first air-to-air kill over Syria

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon has shot down an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) while operating over Syria, marking the first operational air-to-air engagement conducted by the type in UK service

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Singapore Airlines sets sights on A350 freighter

Singapore Airlines inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for seven examples of the newly launched A350F freighter, plus options for five more.

Iceland’s PLAY goes transatlantic

Reykjavík-based low-cost airline PLAY has unveiled its plans to launch transatlantic services next year.

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iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600

For flight simulation, the A300-600 has been missing, until now. Step up iniBuilds, with its A300-600R add-on for X-Plane 11. Can an A320 pilot like myself fly the old girl? Will I be able to navigate the steam dials and can I cope with the yoke? Let’s find out.

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Supermarine Seafire to fly with Navy Wings 

Yeovilton-based charity Navy Wings has announced that Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII SX336 has officially joined its collection of airworthy historic aircraft. 

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Change of ownership for Newark Air Museum's Shackleton and Vulcan

An agreement has been reached between Newark Air Museum (NAM) and the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association (LLA), that has resulted in the ownership of the Avro Shackleton, WR977 and the Avro Vulcan, XM594 being immediately transferred to NAM

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The rise of Ethiopian Airlines

The rise of Ethiopian Airlines has been a remarkable achievement. In this exclusive extract from a new book, ‘Ethiopian Airlines The African Aviation Powerhouse’ by Jozef Mols, we examine two chapters in the flag carrier’s fascinating history

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Flight Adventure - The Piper Cheyenne family

We head towards Alaska while exploring some of the features and innovations of the remarkable Piper Cheyenne twin-turboprop aircraft.

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MilViz’s PC-6 Turbo Porter

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and never has this saying been more apt than when describing the unusual dimensions of the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.

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FlyPast February 2022

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