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B-52s join B-1Bs during European Bomber Task Force mission

B-52 Stratofortress bombers from the USAF 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, currently deployed at Andersen AFB, Guam joined the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron’s (EBS) B-1B Lancers over the North Sea to support the Bomber Task Force (BTF) Europe series on November 10

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First Luftwaffe C-130J Super Hercules takes flight

Lockheed Martin has flown the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules for the German Luftwaffe. The aircraft, serial number 55+01 (c/n 5930), made its maiden flight from Marietta, Georgia, on November 8

X-Plane Touches Down in Menorca

Aerosoft has announced Menorca Airport for X-Plane 11 is now available.

50th KC-46A delivery is one of first two for McGuire

A further milestone in the US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus programme has been reached with delivery of the first two aircraft to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), New Jersey, for the 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings (AMWs). These were the 49th and 50th KC-46A deliveries

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100 years of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance

The Royal British Legion was formed 100 years ago, in 1921 by Earl Haig. It was created to offer support for those who had suffered in The First World War. That same year, the RBL adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, but why do we wear poppies?

MilViz PC-6 Available on OrbxDirect

MilViz has released the PC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator on OrbxDirect.

Scilly zero-carbon flights bid progresses

Three companies have signed a letter of intent to bring hydrogen-powered flights to the UK’s Isles of Scilly

SITA solution supports EPL standardisation

Travel IT specialist SITA has developed a blockchain-based solution enabling the verification of an electronic personnel license without network connectivity

Airlines burning 40% less fuel

Cirium has published its Global Aircraft Emissions Monitor

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Behind the scenes of Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8i Palma flights

The easing of lockdown restrictions prompted thousands of Germans to reach for their beach towels and head to Palma de Mallorca. But with demand far exceeding narrowbody supply, there was only one tool for the job, as Vasco Garcia discovers

Unseen colour photos of British aviation's first 50 years

The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its development as an instrument of war and commerce. A new book offers more than 170 carefully colourised period images of aircraft produced in Great Britain before 1950. Here Key.Aero presents an extract from British Aviation The First Half-Century

Belgium deploys A400M for first international exercise

The Belgian Air Component conducted its first international A400M exercise during October 11-25, this is after a detachment of 148 military personnel and two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft from the 15th Airlift Wing participated in the Airlift Block Training (ABT) at Pisa Air Base, Italy

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Leeds Bradford Airport marks 90 years of service

Leeds Bradford Airport (formerly Yeadon Aerodrome and RAF Yeadon) celebrated 90 years since its opening with a special exhibition during October

Behind the scenes of a 100 squadron hot bombing mission

Recently Key.Aero joined 100 Squadron for Operation Flash Strike at both RAF Leeming, Yorkshire, and the Ministry of Defence’s Donna Nook Weapons Range in Lincolnshire. Operation Flash Strike saw a total of 16 3kg practice bombs dropped from the Hawk T1 at Donna Nook range against fictitious adversary threats provided by the JTACS throughout two sorties

USAF replaces legacy C-130H with Super Hercules in Kuwait

USAF's 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) was redesignated as the 61st EAS of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing last week, utilising the new C-130J Super Hercules to replace the C-130H model that has operated out of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for the past two decades

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Flashback to 1963 – HS748 Sales Demo Tours

A report on two intense sales tours Hawker Siddeley sent its 748 Series 2 demonstrator, as described in the August 15, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

Historic aviation quiz: 1940s RAF slang

Do you know your 'Popsies' from your 'Prunes'? Have a bash at this week's RAF vernacular quiz

RAF Typhoons head to Oman for live fire exercise

Earlier this week RAF Typhoon FGR4s arrived at Thumrait Air Base in Dhofar Governorate, Oman, for the annual bilateral exercise Magic Carpet 21 with the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO)

Thrustmaster Officially Unveils the TCA Boeing Edition Range

Thrustmaster has unveiled its new officially licensed TCA Boeing Edition range of flight controllers.

Mosquito makes first engine runs in over half a century 

De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI TE910 (NZ2336), part of the collection assembled by the late John Smith in New Zealand, fired up its two engines for the first time in 52 years on November 8. 

Airbus demonstrates formation flying

Airbus has performed the first long-haul demonstration of formation flight in general air traffic (GAT) regulated transatlantic airspace with two A350 aircraft

New P2B contract win for IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries' Aviation Group is to convert ten B737-800 passenger aircraft to cargo configuration for World Star Aviation

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How the air cargo industry is responding to the rise in e-commerce

James Wyatt, general manager of specialist aviation consultancy aeroconcept, offers his informed assessment of the rise of online retailing for air cargo operators

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AirForces Monthly December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Romania continues IAR-330L sustainment ahead of post-2030 replacement

Romania will operate its IAR-330L helicopters into the 2030s before considering a replacement of the type, as the Ministry of Defence awards a contract to IAR Brasov for sustainment services as part of an ongoing maintenance programme

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