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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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A behind the scenes view of US Navy Adversary Squadron: VFC-111 'Sundowners'

Combat Aircraft Journal visits the US Navy’s VFC-111 ‘Sun Downers’ at its Naval Air Station Key West home

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'I flew the Queen': behind the scenes with Royal Flight pilot

Safety, comfort, timing: those were the three key words when it came to flying members of the Royal Family. As a former Queen’s Flight pilot recalls, the responsibility brought with it some unique memories

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New monarch old aircraft: the Queen's Flight during its first two years

When Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952, the Queen’s Flight was a haven for outmoded equipment —a situation not destined to change in the new monarch’s first two years.

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Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review of the RAF in 1977

The Royal Air Force (RAF) pulled out all the stops to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — but the occasion is still best remembered for a sleepy cabinet minister

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The BAe 146's battle to fly the Queen

“It would be a pity to saddle the Royal Family with such a conveyance into the next century”, wrote one senior Ministry of Defence official of the BAe 146. How did it overcome such opposition, and become the last new aircraft ordered for the Queen’s Flight?

Historic Aviation Quiz

How will you fare in this week's historic aviation quiz?

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What aircraft will fly in the Queen’s Jubilee flypast?

A highlight for many of Thursday's (June 2) Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be a mass military flypast over Buckingham Palace. Key.Aero rounds up the aircraft expected to take part

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Transavia Boeing 737 attempted take-off on Schiphol taxiway

Dutch air safety authorities have published a highly critical report into events leading to a jet attempting take-off from a taxiway at Schiphol Airport

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Nepal plane crash latest: 22 dead, no survivors

Emergency rescue teams in Nepal have retrieved the final body from the wreckage of a small passenger aircraft which crashed on Sunday

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UK should keep C-130Js Defence Committee told

The UK should retain the C-130J Hercules fleet, which is slated for retirement in 2023, according to evidence given recently to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

Royal Thai Navy receives first RQ-21A Blackjack UAV from the US

The US Navy formally handed over the first Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAS to the Royal Thai Navy during a ceremony at an undisclosed location in Thailand on May 24

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Combat veteran Spitfire fires up

Supermarine Spitfire FRXIVe RM927/G-SXIV was having its Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine tested at Sywell in mid-May, with a first flight expected soon thereafter.

Historic airframes moved to new homes in Spain

Douglas C-47A T.3-28/744-28 has been moved to a new base in Salamanca, Spain after 43 years on display at the Desguaces Montero scrapyard.

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'I moved to the US with $2500 and a Reno air racing dream': Thom Richard's incredible story

He left Sweden for the States as a 17-year-old, and literally fulfilled his dreams by flying air racers and warbirds

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60 years of Special Mission USAF C-135

Combat Aircraft Journal celebrates the ageing special mission Boeing C-135s, with many reaching 60 years since they were built

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REPORT: Outlining the operational readiness of Iran's air force

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the negative impact of Islamization on the operational readiness of the Iranian Air Force

Gran Canaria for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Scenery developer sim-wings has announced Gran Canaria for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Norwegian plans large Boeing 737 MAX purchase

Low-cost firm Norwegian Air Shuttle has today (May 30) revealed it has come to an “agreement in principle” with Boeing regarding recommitment to buy a large amount of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 95

Welcome to the 95th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

American Bristol F.2b Fighter returns to the air

Bristol F.2b Fighter reproduction ‘F4717’ made its first flight in around 40 years recently from Old Rhinebeck aerodrome, near New York.

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In-depth profile of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

The ‘Beast’, to give one of the Helldiver’s unflattering nicknames, had a troubled gestation, as Matthew Willis reports

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Critical elements of the Etihad Aviation Group

In the second part of his special report from Abu Dhabi, Gordon Smith meets teams from across the Etihad Aviation Group to discover more about the company’s broader endeavours

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The USMC's AV-8B Harrier II Fleet Replacement Detachment at NAF El Centro

Despite the diminishing use of Harriers, the USMC still needs new pilots. For this, a Fleet Replacement Detachment at NAF El Centro in California provides specific conditions for weapons training, as Combat Aircraft Journal discovers

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The USAF HH-60W Jolly Green II at Moody AFB

Combat Aircraft Journal visits Moody AFB, Georgia, to catch up with the latest USAF platform that could be needed one day to go behind enemy lines – the HH-60W Whiskey

 

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