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Historic

Historic Aviation Quiz

How high can you score on this week's Historic Aviation Quiz?

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The first flights of January 19

We’ve covered a lot of first flights here on Key.Aero, but we’re not sure we’ve ever covered so many that took place on one date over the years. What is it with historic aviation and January 19?

Me 262 Vs. Gloster Meteor

How does the Messerschmitt Me 262 match up against the Gloster Meteor?

The life of an aviation enthusiast

This week's MyPast feature comes from James Barber, who was brought up surrounded by the RAF and ended up custodian of a USAAF control tower

FlyPast Podcast Episode 4

It's 80 years since the first flight of the Avro Lancaster, so no prizes for guessing what the team are talking about this week...

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Military

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Humble beginnings: Rise of the quadcopter

Amid guided this and high-tech that, might the humble quadcopter be the real force multiplier on the battlefield?

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Private sector satellite services “game changer” for Ukraine

The provision of satellite imaging capabilities to Ukraine has significantly aided the country in shaping the strategic military response to Russia’s February 24 invasion, according to a former chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine

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The MBDA missiles set to make the F-35 and Rafale even deadlier

Hard-hitting missiles are being developed by MBDA to make the F-35 and Rafale much deadlier in the battlespace, following the types’ upgrades later this decade

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Commercial

London City’s Most Popular Route Set to Return

The busiest route at London City Airport is set to make comeback as KLM revealed they are to resume flying from the gateway to Amsterdam/Schiphol from July 13.

UK’s First Commercial-Scale Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

Cranfield-based ZeroAvia has successfully completed the UK’s first commercial-scale electric flight using a modified Piper M-class six-seater aircraft.

E175s Set to Land in the Last Frontier

Alaska Airlines is set to add a Brazilian element to its services in and out of the state as it expands the scheduled use of its Embraer E175s to the region for the first time.

Why has China Southern been Flying a ‘737 MAX’ for Nine Months?

Those who pay close attention to flight tracking apps may have noticed that, what appears to be a China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, has been flying around in the region since September last year.

Airbus A220 VIP? Here’s What One Could Look Like

If you’ve got a spare $100m and don’t know what to do with it, a new Airbus A220 VIP concept has been created which could give you something to splash the cash on.

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Flight Simulation

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Baron’s Combat Corner

Tools of the trade…

Leeds Bradford for Prepar3D

The latest UK destination by Orbx is EGNM Leeds Bradford Airport for Prepar3D version 4.

PC Pilot Issue 126 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the March/April 2020 issue.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

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