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Unseen colour photos of British aviation's first 50 years

The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its development as an instrument of war and commerce. A new book offers more than 170 carefully colourised period images of aircraft produced in Great Britain before 1950. Here Key.Aero presents an extract from British Aviation The First Half-Century

Belgium deploys A400M for first international exercise

The Belgian Air Component conducted its first international A400M exercise during October 11-25, this is after a detachment of 148 military personnel and two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft from the 15th Airlift Wing participated in the Airlift Block Training (ABT) at Pisa Air Base, Italy

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Leeds Bradford Airport marks 90 years of service

Leeds Bradford Airport (formerly Yeadon Aerodrome and RAF Yeadon) celebrated 90 years since its opening with a special exhibition during October

Behind the scenes of a 100 squadron hot bombing mission

Recently Key.Aero joined 100 Squadron for Operation Flash Strike at both RAF Leeming, Yorkshire, and the Ministry of Defence’s Donna Nook Weapons Range in Lincolnshire. Operation Flash Strike saw a total of 16 3kg practice bombs dropped from the Hawk T1 at Donna Nook range against fictitious adversary threats provided by the JTACS throughout two sorties

USAF replaces legacy C-130H with Super Hercules in Kuwait

USAF's 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) was redesignated as the 61st EAS of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing last week, utilising the new C-130J Super Hercules to replace the C-130H model that has operated out of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for the past two decades

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Flashback to 1963 – HS748 Sales Demo Tours

A report on two intense sales tours Hawker Siddeley sent its 748 Series 2 demonstrator, as described in the August 15, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

Historic aviation quiz: 1940s RAF slang

Do you know your 'Popsies' from your 'Prunes'? Have a bash at this week's RAF vernacular quiz

RAF Typhoons head to Oman for live fire exercise

Earlier this week RAF Typhoon FGR4s arrived at Thumrait Air Base in Dhofar Governorate, Oman, for the annual bilateral exercise Magic Carpet 21 with the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO)

Thrustmaster Officially Unveils the TCA Boeing Edition Range

Thrustmaster has unveiled its new officially licensed TCA Boeing Edition range of flight controllers.

Mosquito makes first engine runs in over half a century 

De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI TE910 (NZ2336), part of the collection assembled by the late John Smith in New Zealand, fired up its two engines for the first time in 52 years on November 8. 

Airbus demonstrates formation flying

Airbus has performed the first long-haul demonstration of formation flight in general air traffic (GAT) regulated transatlantic airspace with two A350 aircraft

New P2B contract win for IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries' Aviation Group is to convert ten B737-800 passenger aircraft to cargo configuration for World Star Aviation

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Where is Boeing's New Midsize Airplane?

Back in 2015, Boeing proposed a new concept to fill the ‘middle of the market’ gap between narrowbody and widebody aircraft in its portfolio to succeed the 757. So where is the New Midsize Airplane? Mark Broadbent reports

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How the air cargo industry is responding to the rise in e-commerce

James Wyatt, general manager of specialist aviation consultancy aeroconcept, offers his informed assessment of the rise of online retailing for air cargo operators

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AirForces Monthly December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Romania continues IAR-330L sustainment ahead of post-2030 replacement

Romania will operate its IAR-330L helicopters into the 2030s before considering a replacement of the type, as the Ministry of Defence awards a contract to IAR Brasov for sustainment services as part of an ongoing maintenance programme

100% SAF flight first for Airbus Helicopters

An Airbus H225 has performed the first ever helicopter flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) powering one of the Safran Makila 2 engines

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Talking the talk: RAF lingo of WW2

Join us as we attempt to ‘spill the beans’ on the seemingly impenetrable world of RAF slang. What a ‘wizard’ idea…

Saudi Arabia seeks AMRAAM top-up

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Saudi Arabia for an estimated cost of $650m

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 25

In Episode 25 of the Air Warrior Podcast we are in conversation with US red air provider Airborne Tactical Advantage Company on the company’s operations, assets, and future opportunities in the combat training market.

Electra 10-A Ready for Take-Off

Aeroplane Heaven has announced the Electra 10-A for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released.

Athens for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FlyTampa has announced LGAV Athens International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on OrbxDirect.

Vietjet and Airbus ink deal

Vietjet and Airbus have signed a strategic agreement on the delivery timeline for 119 aircraft of the airline’s existing order backlog

Private charter move for Gulf Air

Gulf Air has marked the launch of private charter services which will enable its global clientele to book direct charter flights with personalised itineraries

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‘Pocket Rocket' farewell as TUI retires its Boeing 757s

With TUI Airways retiring its Boeing 757s, Mark Broadbent looks at the aircraft’s service with the airline, reflects on the type’s legacy and asks what lies in store for the airframes?

 

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