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Military

A400M gains Automatic Low-Level Flight Certification

Airbus’ A400M heavy-lift tactical transport has achieved another milestone after the platform gained certification of its Automatic Low-Level Flight capability.

India inducts FOC-standard Tejas Mk1, stands up second squadron

India has formally inducted the first final operational clearance (FOC)-standard Tejas Mk1 Light Combat Aircraft into service and has stood up No 18 Squadron ‘Flying Bullets’ as the second unit to operate the type.

Saab announces Erieye AEW&C order

An unnamed customer has placed an order for a number of Saab 2000 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the Swedish defence company has disclosed.

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Red Tails over Alabama

While Vermont became the first Air National Guard wing to receive the F-35, Dannelly Field near Montgomery in Alabama is gearing up to be the second. The 187th Fighter Wing will receive Lightning IIs in 2024 as it adds another chapter to the proud history of the ‘Red Tail Heritage’ of the ‘Tuskegee Airmen’.

Wildcat HMA2 test-fires Martlet missiles

A Leonardo Helicopters AW159 Wildcat HMA2 – belonging to the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm (FAA) – has successfully test-fired Thales’ Martlet Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) for the first time.

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Commercial

VIDEO: Former BA captain Jock Lowe talks Concorde

On the 45th anniversary of Concorde’s first scheduled flight, Key.Aero caught up with Jock Lowe, the longest-serving pilot of the supersonic airliner and British Airways’ former director of flight operations

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747s - A Fond Farewell

For 36 years the mighty Boeing 747 has been an integral part of Virgin Atlantic. Sadly, COVID-19 has meant an early departure for the iconic aircraft. Lee Cross looks back at the service of the ‘Queen of the Skies’ within the fleet and how the type has been so intrinsically linked to the airline’s success

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Coping with COVID at Stansted

The coronavirus pandemic has affected airports worldwide. Stephen Skinner looks at the impact on London Stansted Airport, which was the third busiest in the UK by aircraft movements in 2019, but has been badly affected by restrictions on holiday travel

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Historic

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

More brilliant snaps from our extensive archives!

The aeroplane that could reach three times the speed of sound

The A-12 was the result of a CIA-issued specification, yet it always remained in the shadow of the SR-71 Blackbird…

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

Another helping of daily aircraft goodness for our vaults!

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Flight Simulation

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MilViz DHC-3 Otter

A new ride for bush pilots ADD-ON FOR FSX, FSX: STEAM EDITION...

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Chillblast Fusion Hurricane 6

A force to be reckoned with… The build quality is to...

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Flight Sim World update

Flight Sim World is now out of ‘Early Access’

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