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Reno Air Races for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The Reno Air Races: Expansion Pack and Reno Air Races: Full Collection are now available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace.

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MOD confirms retired RAF Sentinel sale to the US

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that the retired fleet of RAF Sentinel R1s are to be sold to a consortium instead of being scrapped, this is due to the sales bid being deemed more value for money to the UK taxpayer than the original fait of scrapping

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Daren Curtis

The Pan American ground handling system, comprising a scissors lift, a transfer platform and pallets on individual dolleys. Feature Premium

Pan Am’s groundbreaking Boeing 707 freighter services

Pan Am was a pioneering airline in many ways with this article on its Boeing 707 -321Cs, from the June 27, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’, an example of how it was at the vanguard of exploring new opportunities

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Skyworks Aeronautics champions the gyrocopter

It may have fallen out of favour, but the gyrocopter, a clever, versatile aircraft, is making a comeback, reports Tom Batchelor

FlyPast Podcast Episode 47

Tying in with a new feature in FlyPast, former leader of the Red Arrows Simon Meade reveals what aircraft would be in his dream hangar

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The internet’s favourite wingman: An interview with Paul Lucas

As Paul Lucas reaches his 250,000th subscriber on YouTube, Chris Smith catches up with the aviation fanatic to learn more about his jet-setting adventures

Indonesia orders Airbus A400M

During the Dubai Airshow on November 18, the Indonesia Ministry Of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft with a letter of intent (LOI) for the future acquisition of four additional aircraft

The key moments of the Dubai Airshow you need to know

In the 21 months since the last major aviation trade event, the aerospace industry has endured one of its toughest ever periods. So, when the doors of the Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday, it was the clearest signal yet that the sector is starting to return to a degree of normality. Here, Key.Aero rounds up the highlights of the year's biggest show.

NATO RQ-4D Phoenix completes 24hr mission

A NATO Air Ground Surveillance (AGS) RQ-4D Phoenix has completed its first ever 24-hour long mission after departing to the Black Sea region and returning 24hrs later to its home air base in Sigonella, Italy, on November 16

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Dubai Airshow 2021 commercial aviation debrief

Even without the traditional big orders from the local airlines, Dubai Airshow 2021 still racked up sales of over 500 aircraft. Including some interesting ones, reports Richard Schuurman.

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Picture of the Month FlyPast January 2022

Four Pictures of the Week, but only one can be voted Picture of the Month. Find out who you voted to win!

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Serbia signs LoI with Spain for Airbus C295 order

A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed in Madrid on November 4 between the MOD of both Serbia and Spain regarding the procurement of two Airbus C295 transport aircraft

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The record breaking North American Sabre

On November 19, 1956 the North American F-86 Sabre set a new world speed record of 698.50mph.

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Incredible colour photos of pre-1950 British fighter aircraft

The early part of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its arrival ushered in a new era of warfare - aerial combat. A new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains over 170 beautifully colourised images of British aircraft produced before 1950. Key.Aero presents a selection of some of our favourite fighter aircraft

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FlyPast January 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

B.O.A.C.'s first DC-7C, taken at London Airport immediately after its arrival on October 31, the additional centre-section span can clearly be seen in this frontal view.  Photographs copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

BOAC’s first DC-7C

On October 31, 1956 the initial Douglas DC-7C for BOAC touched down in the UK and ‘The Aeroplane’ was there to cast an eye over this new addition to the fleet

British F-35B crashes in the Mediterranean

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter, assigned to No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea

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L-15A Falcons return to DAS with upgraded training systems

Having made its debut at Dubai Airshow in 2009, the Hongdu L-15A Falcon has returned not just to portray its flying capabilities but a new ground-based training set-up

Mustang to fly passengers from Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill-based FlyaSpitfire.com has recently acquired North American P-51D Mustang G-CMDK and plans to operate passenger flights in the two-seater during the 2022 ‘season’.

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The Himalayas for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The next instalment of Orbx’s Microsoft Flight Simulator mesh product line - AS Himalaya and Central Asia Mesh is now available.

Flybe announces first crew base and HQ location

Relaunched regional airline Flybe has revealed the location of its company headquarters and first crew base

Historic Aviation Quiz: film dialogue

This week's historic aviation quiz will test you on your knowledge of classic aviation films by guessing them from just one line... think you're a film buff? We'll see...

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Swiss Hornets arrive at RAF Leeming for Yorknite 2021

Multiple Schweizer Luftwaffe/ Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets touched down at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire on November 15 with a four-week air-to-air and night operations training deployment ahead

RPAS to potentially deliver critical supplies to the frontline

The UK Ministry of Defence has initiated an agile procurement approach undertaken via a collaboration between DE&S FCG, the Royal Navy's OCTO, and the Royal Navy’s 700X Squadron with an objective to identify a RPAS to be used to transport critical cargo to the front line

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