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Vulcan Week

The Avro Vulcan is one of the true icons of historic aviation. Starting out as a key part of Britain's nuclear deterrent in the Cold War era, the Vulcan is an aircraft that almost everyone has a soft spot for - and that's largely thanks to XH558. Its incredible restoration, thanks to the work of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, thrilled airshow crowds up until 2015, but it still has a role to play in inspiring the next generation of aviation engineers.

 

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Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

What aircraft could you buy with the profits from Top Gun?

Top Gun Maverick is now being released in UK cinemas on July 2, 2021. The original made $356.8 million at the box office, which is enough to equip the US military with the following…

UK’s QinetiQ claims manned-unmanned teaming first

With a point and click interface, on June 19 a semi-autonomous drone was directed to identify targets on the UK Army’s Salisbury Plain test range by an operator onboard an Airbus Helicopters H125.

Profile: The F-86 Sabre

Nearly 200mph faster than the previous P-51, the F-86 Sabre changed the game for the US Air Force

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35 Years of Ryanair – the Airline You Love to Hate

In July 1985, Irish budget airline Ryanair began operations. From a single turboprop to a fleet of 273 aircraft, Thomas Haynes details its sometimes-controversial history and meteoric rise to the top

How Air Traffic Control Works

It's an incredibly important cog in the aviation machine, but how does air traffic control work?

How well do you know your historic aviation?

Test your knowledge on aviation from the past 100 years.

Inside the world’s biggest aircraft carrier

Three years to the day since President Trump commissioned it, we take a closer look at the USS Gerald R. Ford – so big it has space for over 75 aircraft and can launch 220 airstrikes a day.

Qantas’ Final Boeing 747 Flight

On July 22, Qantas flew the much-loved jumbo for the final time. But not before one final incredible manoeuvre…

New 'Fat Albert' completes first test flight

The US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron's new 'Fat Albert' support aircraft, C-130J - BuNo 170000 (c/n 382-5483) - carried out its first functional check flight (FCF) from Cambridge Airport on July 20.

The genius who built his first aircraft at the age of 20

On July 21 1919, Anthony Fokker registered the Dutch Aircraft Factory. He and his company would have a huge influence on 20th-century aviation

Twelve Historic Aircraft that never got made

Some barely made it past the blueprint stage, others made it as far as several prototypes… one even ended up being used as target practice. Whatever their fate, these aviation inventions didn’t quite make the cut.

The 5 Reasons Why The Airbus A380 Is On The Way Out 

It was technical masterpiece that both pilot and passenger loved, but it didn’t do what any commercial venture needs to: make money. Thomas Haynes details why one of Airbus’ largest gambles hasn’t paid off.

DCS: Syria Now Available on Pre-Order

Eagle Dynamics in cooperation with Urgra Media have announced DCS: Syria is now available for pre-order.

France accepts third A330 MRTT Phénix

Airbus has handed over its third A330 Multi-Role Tanker/Transport (MRTT) to the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force).

Saab invests £50m for FCAS Centre in UK

Saab announced £50 million for a new Future Combat Air System (FCAS) UK centre on day one of Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) Connect, which also saw seven new industrial partners for Team Tempest unveiled.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Global Boeing 737/747 Fleets

The COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns pushed airlines into a hibernation phase. As they begin emerging, global fleet data reveals exactly what impact the pandemic has had on two of the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft, the Boeing 737 and iconic 747.

How the Spitfire Accidentally Invented Crowdfunding

It has always been an aircraft loved by the people. But thanks to a scheme that was way ahead of its time, the Spitfire was funded by them, too…

The world's biggest helicopter

So big it can operate as a mobile hospital, the Russian Mi-26 Halo has the power to lift a C-130 Hercules. This is the story of the largest helicopter ever made…

RIAT Virtual Air Tattoo

The RIAT crew will be live-streaming the weekend's events on Facebook and YouTube between 11am and 3pm (UK time) on Saturday and Sunday - and it's FREE to view!

Gallery: British Airways' Jumbo Journey

To mark the day that British Airways retired its final Boeing 747s, Key.Aero has put together a gallery of images which illustrate the type's long history with the flag carrier.

Germany signs for two Airbus A321-200NXs

Lufthansa Technik has been contracted to deliver a pair of new-build Airbus A321-200NXs to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), where they will be used in a troop transport and medical evacuation (medevac) role.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Series Update

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Series Update - Introducing Meteoblue video.

The Airline Donald Trump Wants You to Forget

Casinos, aftershave, even steak - Donald Trump has tried his hand at many things. But one venture he wants you to forget is his brief and ultimately unsuccessful stint at running an airline. Thomas Haynes examines how it all came about, and what went wrong.

Wycombe Air Park for Prepar3D Out Now

Pilot Plus has announced EGTB Wycombe Air Park for Prepar3D v4+ is now available on OrbxDirect.

US green lights Lithuanian UH-60M purchase

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters and related equipment to Lithuania.

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