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Aviation News February 2021

Welcome to Aviation News February 2021

FedEx reveals MD-10 retirement timeline

The Memphis-based cargo giant retired its final A310 last year and has now turned its attention to the classic trijet

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Desert Storm 30: Jaguars over the Gulf

Key.Aero charts the formidable efforts of the Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar Detachment during the 1991 Gulf War

Historic Aviation Quiz

How high can you score on this week's Historic Aviation Quiz?

UK to boost in-country F-35B support under LANCE contract

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office have signed the GBP£76m Lightning Air system National Capability Enterprise (LANCE) contract, which seeks to boost the in-country support services available to the UK’s F-35B fleet

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What we know so far about Icarus’ Tactical Air Vehicle

Key.Aero outlines what is known so far about Icarus Aerospace’s Tactical Air Vehicle (TAV) – an optionally-piloted, customisable, multi-role force multiplying solution for the world’s military and security forces community

Big airline industry trends for 2021 – Part 2

Exclusive: In the second part of a special series, Kevin O’Toole, chief strategy officer at Cirium, tells Key.Aero about the major shifts and developments you should be watching for this year

Loganair reveals Teesside-Heathrow link

Services to Aberdeen and Belfast City from the north of England facility are also set to begin from February this year

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The first flights of January 19

We’ve covered a lot of first flights here on Key.Aero, but we’re not sure we’ve ever covered so many that took place on one date over the years. What is it with historic aviation and January 19?

Big airline industry trends for 2021 – Part 1

Exclusive: In the first part of a special series, Kevin O’Toole, chief strategy officer at Cirium, tells Key.Aero about the major shifts and developments you should be watching for this year

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Desert Storm 30: The Secret Squirrels of Callsign 'Doom'

Top secret for a year after it was mounted, the first B-52 mission of the 1991 Gulf War saw the B-52 firing some of the opening shots of the campaign, launching a barrage of 35 cruise missiles against a variety of ‘Night One' targets

48th FW completes three-day ACE exercise

The 492nd Fighter Squadron – a unit assigned to the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk – completed a three-day Agile Combat Employment (ACE) exercise on January 13

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Brazil’s Drone Expansion

Two squadrons of the Brazilian Air Force now operate unmanned aerial systems, following the global military trend for drones. We explore the origins and evolution of these unique aircraft

Global C-17 fleet surpasses four million flight hours

Almost 30 years after the platform first graced the skies, the global fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift strategic transports surpassed the four million flight hour milestone on January 15

Zenith CH701 STOL for MSFS

SimWorks Studios has released the Zenith CH701 STOL aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Desert Storm 30: Kadena's MiG Killers

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, may seem an unlikely place to look for Desert Storm history, but thanks to aircraft rotations, Kadena is now home to several F-15 Eagles credited with Iraqi MiG kills, as Key.Aero investigates

The man who helped make the P-51 Mustang (in four months)

He worked alongside distinguished names such as Glenn Martin, Donald Douglas and Larry Bell, but Dutch Kindelberger created his own career path that shook the aviation industry - and continues to do so to this day…

VIDEO: Ex-Eastern pilot and labour leader on the carrier’s collapse – 30 years on

Thirty years ago, one of the largest airlines in the US collapsed after 65 years of operations. Former pilot and author George Jehn tells Key.Aero why it happened

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 26

Welcome to the 26th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Slovenia set for C-27J Spartan acquisition

The Slovenian government revealed on January 15 that it will acquire up to two Leonardo C-27J Spartan tactical transports after the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a greater need for a national airlift capability

GA-ASI integrates Legion Pod onto Avenger drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on January 15 that it had completed a test flight of an Avenger remotely piloted aircraft that had been fitted with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod

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Desert Storm 30: Black Jets over Baghdad

In the first of a series of features commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, we explore the F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft, which flew at least 50 combat sorties during the campaign and was never hit, outsmarting Iraqi radar to deliver shock and awe

VIDEO: Former airline pilot Scott Birrell's incredible first flying job

Former airline pilot and author, Scott Birrell details his unbelievable endeavours while assisting in the recovery of five Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Entebbe Airport in Africa

Me 262 Vs. Gloster Meteor

How does the Messerschmitt Me 262 match up against the Gloster Meteor?

The life of an aviation enthusiast

This week's MyPast feature comes from James Barber, who was brought up surrounded by the RAF and ended up custodian of a USAAF control tower

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