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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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Retro flight simming Feature Premium

Retro flight simming

We sat down with Damian Kadziela to find out more about the man behind a YouTube channel showcasing vintage combat flight sim missions and campaigns and discusses his passion for ‘retro flight simming’.

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5 Review Premium

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5

Step forward X-Plane developer JARDesign with its new A340-500. Perhaps the weirdest and most unpopular A340 of them all. Still, an A340 is an A340, so let's dive in.

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SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta

The arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator changed the flight sim world and with it has come innovation. There’s a huge swell of new developers who supply content for the new sim and these new guys bring fresh eyes and new ideas. I’m looking at just such an idea in this article, Simworks Studios’ Okavango Delta.

Microprose - he Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth Feature Premium

Microprose - The Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth

We sat down with MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to discuss two projects in development in their popular B-17 bomber franchise: The Mighty Eighth and B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th.

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An in-depth look at the Boeing E-3D Sentry in RAF service

When the Boeing E-3D Sentry entered British service in 1991, it was the end of a long saga, and the start of an even longer career. Here, Dr Kevin Wright takes a closer look at the recently retired aircraft

Quiz: Airliner Recognition

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

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Inside Britain's U-2 operations during the 1950s

In the 1950s, the UK collaborated with US intelligence to conduct U-2 missions over the Soviet Union. Until recently, the details have remained secret. In this edited extract from his latest book, We Were Never There, Dr Kevin Wright investigates the cover story that enabled it to happen

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Italy’s new flag carrier ITA takes off: Here’s what you need to know

Pitched as a fresh start for the country, Alitalia’s replacement began operations today. Key.Aero explains the context surrounding the new airline and details what the future has in store for the fledgeling carrier

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Taiwan validates highway airstrips amid growing tensions with China

Amid ever-growing tensions with China, Taiwan's Republic of China Air Force has validated the utility of all five of its highway airstrips in its latest annual drill, as we report

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Joseph Evans

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A Valiant start to the V-Force

The Valiant nuclear bomber was the first aircraft used by the RAF as an in-flight refuelling tanker. The details of this and other developments with this V-bomber were detailed in the July 29, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

IN PICTURES: Italian Tornados whip up storm at Coningsby

Aviation enthusiasts flocked to RAF Coningsby this week to see two Italian Air Force Tornados that were operating from the Lincolnshire base on trials using the RAF Donna Nook air weapons range

Frontier opts for Skywise Health Monitoring

Frontier Airlines has become the latest North American operator to adopt Skywise Health Monitoring as its key future fleet performance tool

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RAND report warns of threat to UK air mobility

A report written by the RAND think tank has revealed that the UK’s military mobility could “have to do more with less” as tactical and strategic platforms are gradually retired over the next two decades

Sculpture memorialises Stirling crews

A new sculpture has been unveiled during a memorial service for the crews of Short Stirling bombers BK710 and BK716

FlyPast Podcast Episode 43

For this episode, we're joined by Dave Gibson for a fascinating chat about World War Two airfields of Lincolnshire.

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IN PICTURES: Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

All eyes were on the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and its traditional Battle of Britain Airshow this autumn. Jamie Ewan joined the thousands passing through the gates of the historic Cambridgeshire airfield

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Airports of the World Issue 98 - November-December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Qatar Airways A350 nearly suffers ‘mid-air collision’

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 came close to colliding with a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 over Iranian airspace earlier this year.

Argentine Air Force participates in huge airlift exercise

The Argentine Air Force participated in a wide-ranging exercise from September 20 to October 6 to improve strategic airlift operations, utilising its newly acquired 737-700 transport aircraft, which was delivered in March this year, among other assets

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What lies ahead for EEA 1/54 'Dunkirk' and France's covert ISR assets?

We look at the platforms that have served the French Air and Space Force’s secretive Airborne Electronic Squadron 1/54 ‘Dunkirk’ and detail the new intelligence-gathering assets that are set to enter service in the coming years

‘Draguar’ charity aircraft pull for SSAFA at RAF Cosford

A team of four aircraft technician instructors of No. 238 Squadron, RAF Cosford, have set themselves the challenge of pulling a Jaguar aircraft 238 metres along the airfield’s main runway on Wednesday, October 27...

Here’s when Singapore’s A380s will return to Heathrow

After a more than 18-month hiatus, Singapore Airlines has announced the return of the Airbus A380 to its London services.

FPDA nations plan commemorative 50th Anniversary display

The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) member nations will participate in a mixed force flypast and naval display over and in the waters off Marina South, Singapore, on October 18 to celebrate 50 years of the defence pact

Duxford in a Different Light: Fighter Night

On the evening of the 4th September - following on from the Flying Day - Duxford hosted it’s second night photography event. Liam Shaw from Imperial War Museum Duxford spoke to Key.Aero regarding the event's success...

 

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