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Military

Jolly Green II, AH-64D complete first combined test mission

Sikorsky’s HH-60W Jolly Green II – the USAF’s newest combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter – has completed its first combined test mission with a US Army Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow.

Montenegro to acquire two Bell 505s

The Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light helicopters, becoming the first military operator to procure the type.

UK deploys first operational F-35Bs aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

For the first time, the UK has deployed operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters aboard the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) aircraft carrier.

19th AW, AMC receives final C-130J

Lockheed Martin handed over its final C-130J Super Hercules to the USAF’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) on May 27.

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'Vipers' on Patrol!

The Belgian Air Component completed the latest Baltic Air Policing detachment in April, the latter portion of which was conducted under new regulations bought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Commercial

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Has Boeing missed the bus with its NMA?

After being shelved last year, the firm’s CEO earlier this week hinted that the new mid-market aircraft was still on the table. Key.Aero considers whether the Seattle-based giant has been too slow to get the project going and what impact this has had

How the 757 nearly became a three-crew airliner

Bowing to pressure from US pilot unions, the launch customer initially specified the jet needed three crew positions. George Jehn, a former Eastern Air Lines pilot and labour leader tells Key.Aero about the fight he fought to keep the flight engineer on the flight deck

Boeing confirms delay to 777X service entry

As it reported its largest full-year loss in its more than 100-year history, the Chicago-based giant outlined an updated plan for its next-generation widebody

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Historic

FlyPast Podcast Episode 20

Historic aviation author Jim Goodall dials in from California to discuss his new book on the Skunk Works, and some quite unbelievable SR-71 Blackbird stories...

The story of one of New Zealand’s most fortunate airmen

Alan Deere almost didn’t make selection for the RAF due to his high blood pressure. So when he kept cheating death again and again during World War Two, it was only fitting that his comrades should claim he had nine lives…

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

We mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt which took place on May 6, 1941

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Flight Simulation

A new King Air takes flight

Flight1 has announced that its Super King Air B200 version 2...

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Orbx’ Eagle County Regional Airport

Orbx spread its wings for Aerofly FS 2 ADD-ON SCENERY FOR...

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Computer to Cockpit

Using flight simulation for real-world training COMPUTER...

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