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Historic Aviation Quiz

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How a Utair Boeing 737 hit a snowbank upon landing

After the airline initially cited wind shear as the cause of the incident, investigators have now come to a completely different conclusion

AeroVironment to deliver Puma 3 AE to unnamed European nation

AeroVironment will deliver an unspecified number of Puma 3 All Environment (AE) tactical UAS to an undisclosed European customer through the US’ Foreign Military Sales programme

CRJ 550/700 Ready for Take-Off

Aerosoft has announced the CRJ 550/700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Italy celebrates 60 years of the Frecce Tricolori

With the distinction of being the world’s largest military aerobatic team and one of Italy’s national symbols, the Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori marked a major milestone on March 1, when it celebrated its 60th anniversary

Storm Shadow makes combat debut with Typhoon

An RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 has fired MBDA's Storm Shadow for the first time in combat, having used the air-launched cruise missile to strike a target in Iraq on March 10

Wizz Air UK boss discusses launching domestic operations

Speaking exclusively to Key.Aero, Owain Jones, the low-cost carrier’s managing director, explains the company’s stance on launching internal flights in Britain

Chania Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Chania for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

US green lights German P-8A Poseidon acquisition

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, associated support services and related equipment to Germany

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Two downed heroes

In the Battle of Britain, 204 Messerschmitt Bf 109 pilots achieved five or more victories by October 31, 1940. A number of those would lose their lives afterwards and here, Chris Goss tells the stories of two such aces, who died on the same day...

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Bristol’s Blundered Brabazon

It was the largest and most complex commercial aircraft of its day – but it was a monumental failure, as Ken Ellis explains...

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How the Noorduyn Norseman changed wilderness aviation

Robert S Grant traces the career of Robert B C Noorduyn’s prototype Norseman CF-AYO – from its first flight during a chilly November morning to its tragic demise on a balmy August evening

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Tribute to Robert Pleming

Steve Beebee remembers the man behind British aircraft restoration’s greatest return to flight...

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Inside stories: North African air war

The desert skies of North Africa were perilous for Allied fighter pilots during the autumn of 1941. A fine example of the dangers they faced came on the morning of October 12, as Andrew Arthy explains...

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Five form a display team

With the intention of forming a display team using variants of the North American T-6 family, five pilots and their aeroplanes descended on Italy’s San Martino Gusnago – as Simone Bovi discovered...

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A century of Arctic flying

The Arctic gave aviators their first taste of polar operations and yielded many surprises, as Robin Evans reveals

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Indian Air Force’s 3 Squadron at 80

Andrew Thomas reveals some of the rich and proud history of the Indian Air Force’s 3 Squadron in this, its 80th anniversary year...

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What was the 'Watussi' Incident?

South Africa relied on the assets of its national airline to carry out its first aerial action of World War Two, explains Andrew Thomas...

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FlyPast May 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 34

Welcome to the 34th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Virgin Atlantic to host lockdown quiz with ultimate top prize

Once in a lifetime prizes are up for grabs, while the proceeds are set to go to charity

GAO recommends CH-53K production cap until testing is complete

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Navy caps the production of Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters to six aircraft per year until the platform completes initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E)

Air Canada officially unveils A220 retro livery

Ahead of its first flight, the specially painted jet breaks cover for the first time

Lebanon receives a trio of Huey IIs

A further three Bell UH-1H-II Huey IIs, valued at more than US$32m, have been donated to the Lebanese Air Force (LAF) by the US government

AerCap to acquire US lessor GECAS

The world’s largest aircraft leasing company has agreed to purchase 100% of its rival as the aviation industry continues to struggle due to the pandemic

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