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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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Airbus A400M drops 20 tonnes of water in firefighting tests

Airbus Defence & Space announced on July 26 the success of test flight campaign in Spain with a removable firefighting kit onboard the A400M.

CONFIRMED: JetBlue wins battle to buy Spirit with $3.8bn deal

JetBlue Airways has reached a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines, hours after an alternative bid by Frontier Airlines was scrapped.

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Why Russia’s MiG-35 is proving to be a hard sell

Russia’s MiG-35 is currently being viewed as an increasingly hard to sell combat jet, not only to the domestic military, but also to export customers.

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What it's like to fly in Flying Bulls’ B-25J Mitchell

Luke Bimm looks back at the legendary ‘Doolittle Raids’ and experiences what it was like to fly one of the machines responsible for the United States’ first bombing raid of World War Two

Pembroke Dock museum wins heritage award

The Pembroke Dock Heritage Trust has become the first Welsh recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Heritage Award.

Grand Caravan Steam Gauge Overhaul

Black Square has released a steam gauge overhaul pack for the default Microsoft Flight Simulator Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, with a new interior, analogue instrumentation and swappable avionics.

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Caproni WW1 bombers: your ultimate guide

Luigino Caliaro examines the Italian pioneer’s 1914-18 biplane and triplane giants – and untangles their destinations

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North Macedonia's Exercise Swift Response 22

The Swift Response 22 military exercise took place in May along the eastern flank of NATO, highlighting the ability of the US and its Allies to conduct near-simultaneous airborne operations from the Arctic Circle to the Balkans. Igor Bozinovski focuses on the role played by North Macedonia

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Scotland’s Strutter due to make debut flight 

The Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland has completed its potentially airworthy reproduction of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 

Corfu for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FlyTampa’s latest DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator features Corfu Island and the airport, enhanced with photorealistic PBR effects.

F-22 Raptors arrive at RAF Lakenheath for more Eastern Europe action

On July 26, six F-22A Raptors from the 90th Fighter Squadron (FS), 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, touched down at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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IN PICTURES: Fly Navy Airshow at Old Warden

It was all about the Senior Service at Old Warden on July 3 as the Shuttleworth Collection welcomed the Fly Navy Airshow back to its calendar after a three-year hiatus. Jamie Ewan was there

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Why the Egyptian Air Force has such a varied fighter fleet

The Egyptian Air Force offers an intriguing case study in procurement decisions, replete as it is with half a dozen types of fast jet, and with more diversity likely in the near future. Jim Winchester reports

WIN! LANCASTER FILM DVD

Chance to win the outstanding documentary film Lancaster is a must for anyone with an
interest in aviation. Closing date is 4 November 2022

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Combat Aircraft Journal September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Inside ESQ601: Portugal's P-3C CUP+ Squadron

With the aging Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion commonly being replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Joe Campion reports on how the Portuguese Air Force and its fleet prove the maritime patrol legend is still worthy of its role

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Spitfire BS410: The complete story

Spitfire IX BS410’s remains lay buried for more than sixty years in a French marsh. Ben Dunnell recounts the aircraft’s incredible story, following its successful return to the air in April

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Commercial aviation debrief of the 2022 Farnborough Airshow

Find out what happened at this year’s Farnborough Airshow regarding commercial aviation by reading our debrief on Key.Aero…

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Final 737 to become RAF E-7 Wedgetail arrives in the UK

The last of three Boeing 737s destined to become the next generation of RAF E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) touched down on UK Soil on July 14.

AT-6E Wolverine achieves USAF Military Type Certification

Textron Aviation Defense’s Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine has achieved Military Type Certification from the US Air Force.

F-22A Ready for Take-Off

Developed by Top Mach Studios and published by Just Flight, the F-22A Raptor tactical fighter for Microsoft Flight Simulator sports a detailed 3D model with optional drop tanks, three paint schemes and custom animations.

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First ex Belgian Hercules for Pakistan flies at Melsbroek

The first ex Belgian Air Force C-130H Hercules flew on July 25 in its new scheme of the Pakistan Air Force. CH-12 (c/n 4483), now carrying its construction number as a serial, made its first post-overhaul flight

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An in-depth look at military aircraft countermeasures

Military aircraft are facing heightened levels of danger as the proliferation of anti-air systems gathers pace. Tim Fish reports on the countermeasures put in place by manufacturers

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Inside Dutch C-130 operations in Mali

From September 2021 to May 2022, the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s legacy Hercules fleet supported the UN in Mali. Frank Visser spoke with the unit’s commander about this short-lived mission and its successes

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Zenith and the art of kitplanes

Zenith Aircraft has been manufacturing and marketing kit aircraft for 30 years. What is behind their enduring popularity?

 

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