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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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Greek Dromader crashes during firefighting operations

While carrying out a fire-fighting mission on August 8, Hellenic Air Force PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader serial number 128, crashed at Machairado on the island of Zakynthos

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The view from across the Atlantic

German aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth shares his personal account of visiting Concorde at Heathrow on the day the United States came under attack in 2001

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How American Airlines is navigating the COVID crisis

Chris Sloan speaks with Brian Znotins, vice president of network and schedule planning at American Airlines, to learn more about how the world’s biggest carrier is navigating the aviation world’s biggest crisis

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USAF retires BACN EQ-4B Global Hawks

USAF Northrop Grumman EQ-4B Block 20 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Global Hawk - serial 04-2018 ‘GF’ - made the type’s final landing back at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, on July 29

A-10C and C-146A make first US highway landings

Four A-10Cs from the 355th Wing/354th FS ‘Bulldogs’ and the Michigan ANG’s 127th Wing/107th FS ‘Red Devils’ landed on a less than one mile stretch of the M-32 state highway just west of Alpena, Michigan, on August 5 as part of the large-scale training exercise Northern Strike 21

US Navy’s first TH-73A Thrasher arrives at Whiting Field

The first operational US Navy TH-73A Thrasher training helicopter landed at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, on August 6

Airliner identification quiz

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz may not be as easy as it sounds! Let us know what score you get!

FORMIDABLE FIGHTER . – A Supermarine Seafire I, with arrestor hook extended, landing on the deck of H.M.S. Formidable during the operations at Salerno. The ships reported to have taken part in this action were the 23,000-ton carriers Illustrious and Formidable, covered by the Nelson and Rodney, and the escort carriers Attacker, Battler, Hunter, Stalker, and Unicorn, covered by light cruisers and destroyers. Feature Premium

Uncovered – Seafires’ success at Salerno landings in 1943

An Air Liaison Officer reveals the full extent of the Fleet Air Arm’s contribution to the Allied landings at Salerno in Italy, as detailed in the November 26, 1943 issue of The Aeroplane

Fw189 “Flying Eye” for sale

With only 846 built, the chance to own a Focke-Wulf Fw189 doesn’t come along too often, especially as this example, Werksnummer 2100 is thought to the last survivor of its kind

Inside the UK’s only remaining DC-10

To mark five decades of the type’s service, Key.Aero visits Manchester Airport to see the country’s only remaining DC-10

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UK Sentry fleet stands down as disposal options considered

Following the completion of the last operational flight of the UK’s E-3D Sentry fleet, the UK Ministry of Defence is turning its attention to the potential sale or disposal of the aircraft

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Brazil celebrates ten years of P-3AM Orion operations

The Brazilian Air Force celebrated ten years of operations with the Lockheed P-3AM Orion maritime patrol aircraft on July 30

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T-50 Golden Eagle orders boost for KAI

A further two KAI T-50TH Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers are being purchased to boost the Royal Thai Air Force fleet, bringing the in-service total of the type to 14 aircraft

NF-16D VISTA becomes X-62A to support new mission

Officials from the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, California, announced on July 30 that the USAF’s Lockheed Martin NF-16D Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) had been formally redesignated as the X-62A from June 14

FlyPast Podcast Episode 33

Something a little different for this episode, we’re talking to Claire Nugent and Nigel Morter, owners of a very special and unique Bed & Breakfast, the Control Tower B&B...

WIN! LANDOR 747 Nightshoot tickets

We’ve 4 tickets (worth £40 each) to give away for Threshold.aero’s Landor 747 Nightshoot.
Closing Date: 17 September 2021

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The worst landing ever? Everything that went wrong in THAT viral video

Landings are often said to be the hardest part of flying an aircraft - and one viral video doing the rounds this week illustrates just how not to do it…

BREAKING: Qatar Airways grounds 13 A350s citing “significant condition”

The Middle Eastern carrier said it will not take delivery of any more examples until the issue is resolved

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US Army’s first UH-60V Black Hawks enter service

Sikorsky UH-60V Black Hawk deliveries to the US Army are now getting under way, following the recent handover of at least two examples to the service

USAF proves ability to update F-16C software in-flight

For the first time, an Electronic Warfare System belonging to a USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon received an in-flight software update during a recent test sortie from Nellis AFB, Nevada

“He flew so low we were actually looking up at the control tower!”

John Preece recalls the point in filming for the Battle of Britain when the Spanish pilots turned up…

3rd MAW trains for modern island hopping campaign

Aircraft and personnel from the USMC’s 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing have participated in an island hopping campaign as part of advanced naval base training, which was conducted during Exercise Summer Fury 21

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Aeroplane September 2021

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Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's historic aviation quiz is here and you'll need to rack your brains for a good score on this one!

New Brazilian Destination for X-Plane

Scenery developer, Global Art has released SBSP - Congonhas Airport in Brazil for X-Plane 11.

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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London, United Kingdom

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

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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!