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New look for Belgium’s A109BAi helicopter demo team

The Belgian Air Component rolled out a new, colourful paint scheme for the demonstration aircraft of its Agusta A109BAi single-ship helicopter display team at Beauvechain air base on January 28

Emirates to restart UK passenger flights

After halting services last week, the UAE flag carrier has revealed when it expects to restart UK services

Messerschmitt Bf 109 VS. Bell P-39 Airacobra

Messerschmitt Bf 109 VS. Bell P-39 Airacobra - how do the two match up?

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100 metres from disaster: JAL mid-air incident 20 years on

Exactly 20 years ago today, a Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 narrowly avoided colliding with each other in the skies above Japan. Key.Aero recounts how it happened and what the industry learnt from this close call

Wally’s War

In this week’s MyPast, we hear part 2 of Wally Layne’s wartime story. David Layne tells of some of his father’s key movements before the events that lead to his unfortunate capture…

Gulfstream awarded C-20, C-37 support contracts

Gulfstream Aerospace has been awarded two contracts by the USAF to provide fleet-wide engineering and sustainment support services for the US military’s C-20 and C-37 VIP transport aircraft

Commercial Aviation General Knowledge Quiz

This week's commercial aviation quiz will test your 'general knowledge' of the industry. Let us know what score you get!

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Has Boeing missed the bus with its NMA?

After being shelved last year, the firm’s CEO earlier this week hinted that the new mid-market aircraft was still on the table. Key.Aero considers whether the Seattle-based giant has been too slow to get the project going and what impact this has had

USAF’s bomber triad to open Super Bowl 55

The USAF’s bomber triad will conduct a first-of-its-kind trifecta flyover of the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the opening ceremony of Super Bowl 55 on February 7

France, India conclude Exercise Desert Knight 2021

The French Air and Space Force (FASF) deployed to India to take part in Exercise Desert Knight 2021 – an intense five-day bilateral training operation with the Indian Air Force (IAF), which concluded on January 24

FlyPast Podcast Episode 6

This week we speak to writer and aviation historian Paul Crickmore about the book he co-wrote, analysing the Battle of Britain from the Luftwaffe's perspective.

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FlyPast March 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Pioneering through the decades: 1900-1970

In 1903, man managed to stay airborne for a few seconds. By 1970, we were able to fly to the moon. What important pioneers played a part in assisting toward this incredible achievement? We look at key moments over the decades…

How the 757 nearly became a three-crew airliner

Bowing to pressure from US pilot unions, the launch customer initially specified the jet needed three crew positions. George Jehn, a former Eastern Air Lines pilot and labour leader tells Key.Aero about the fight he fought to keep the flight engineer on the flight deck

Boeing confirms delay to 777X service entry

As it reported its largest full-year loss in its more than 100-year history, the Chicago-based giant outlined an updated plan for its next-generation widebody

Lockheed Martin receives C-5M logistics support contract

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$129.3m contract by the USAF to provide contractor logistics support services for the air arm’s C-5M Super Galaxy heavy-lift strategic transport fleet

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Su-57 in Focus: 'Felon' on the Loose!

Russia’s next-gen fighter, the Sukhoi Su-57, looks as dangerous as its nickname would suggest. We chart the long gestation period preceding its unveiling in December 2020

Sikorsky-Boeing team unveils Defiant X for US Army’s FLRAA campaign

The Sikorsky-Boeing team behind the SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator has released the first details of the Defiant X coaxial compound helicopter as its offering for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) campaign

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Atomic Delta

Dassault’s Mirage IVA made its nuclear alert debut with the French Air Force 56 years ago. Former pilot Claude Michel tells the story to FlyPast contributor Frédéric Lert...

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A ‘Thank You Liberators 1945’ Medal of Remembrance

A ‘Thank You Liberators 1945’ Medal of Remembrance has been awarded to Frederick Jennings at the Ulster Aviation Society’s base on the former RAF Long Kesh airfield near Lisburn...

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American Zero project approaches completion

“News and narrative on the latest heritage aircraft rejuvenation”

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Aspiring aeronautical engineer tackles Buccaneer project

The cockpit section of former Royal Navy (RN) Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XN979 has recently been taken on by the mother and son team of Carolyn and Marcus Cordran for restoration at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (SYAM) in Doncaster...

The failed Vickers Windsor

The Vickers Windsor was the company's last wartime effort to get back on equal terms with the likes of Avro and Handley Page. Ultimately, though, it failed… why?

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Silver Period Stunner

The Hawker Fury was a classic RAF biplane fighter of the 1930s. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this notable pre-war design and its operational service...

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Reflecting on the life of the great Connie Edwards

Sture Friedner describes his meeting with decorated American aviator the late Connie Edwards...

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