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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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Next Generation Jammer takes flight on Growler

The US Navy completed the first mission systems flight of its Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pod aboard a Boeing EA-18G Growler from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on August 7.

PC Pilot Issue 129 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the September/October 2020 issue.

Saturday Quiz: Can you identify these airports?

They come in all shapes and sizes and none are ever the same. But how well do you know your airports? Let us know what score you got!

An in-depth look at Icarus’ Tactical Air Vehicle

Canadian-based start-up, Icarus Aerospace, recently introduced the world to its Tactical Air Vehicle. Key.Aero takes an in-depth look at this new multi-mission concept

France accepts first King Air 350 ISR aircraft

The General Directorate of Armaments – France’s military procurement agency – accepted the first intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Beechcraft King Air 350ER on behalf of the French Air Force on July 31.

The 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

After six years of fighting, with three of those against Japan, VJ Day would finally mark the end of World War II

Allied Aces and their aircraft

One flew for four different air forces, another flew so low he blew a lady’s washing off her line. Here are three of the most distinguished flying aces of World War 2...

F-117A stealth fighter joins Hill Aerospace Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah took delivery of a retired US Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter on August 5

Wizz Air unveils second UK base

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced the location of the second base for its Wizz Air UK subsidiary, the group’s British-registered and based carrier.

Huge aircraft gets even huger

Bearing a striking resemblance to the aquatic mammal of the same name, the Airbus Beluga just got larger after the ‘XL’ variant joined the fleet earlier this year. Key.Aero examines its origins and details the type’s impressive features

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An Emerald Green Griffin?

Ireland has previously had to rely on French, Norwegian and British fast jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers. Now the country is thinking about its own air combat interceptors

Orbx Products Announced for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released details on its initial launch plans for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Aerosoft Touches Down in Italy

The latest Italian destination by Aerosoft is Reggio Calabria XP for XPlane 11.

USAF completes final hypersonic weapon captive-carry test

On August 8, the US Air Force (USAF) completed the final captive-carry test of its AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) aboard a B-52H Stratofortress off the southern California coast.

Aviation records that are still incredible

When Wilbur Wright reached a speed of 37mph back in 1905, little did he know what he’d started. Since then, humankind has pushed the limits of bravery, engineering and physics to go faster, higher and further.

Virgin Atlantic Announces India Return

Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic is set to return to India after a break from flying to the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated travel restrictions.

New images released of Su-57 production

New images of an in production United Aircraft Corporation Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name Felon) were revealed by the manufacturer after a visit by the Russian Federation defence minister.

The unknown aviation economy worth £14m

Ever wondered why some airlines can operate cheap flights to obscure destinations and still make a profit? It’s because there’s a relatively unknown aspect of the aviation industry helping them do it…

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BRIEFING FILE: Lockheed D-21

BRIEFING FILE: Under the skin of aviation technology and tactics...

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Q&A September 2020

Are you seeking the answer to a thorny aviation question...?

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Flying into the Unknown

As airlines around the world continue to slash jobs and review contracts...

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Battle of Britain at 80: Combat Camera

Rare front-line views of the Battle of Britain...

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Au Revoir, Jumbo!

On June 15, the last of three Corsair Boeing 747-400s...

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HIDDEN HISTORY: Gift Wrapped

It was an audacious attack...

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

ILA Berlin 2022

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Schönefeld, Germany

Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!