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Historic

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Aviation News February 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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

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Military

Mirage 2000D - on exchange with the French Air and Space Force

RAF Tornado GR4 Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Flt Lt Alex Lock is currently on an exchange tour with the French Air and Space Force’s Escadron de Chasse 3/3 ‘Ardennes’, which operates the Dassault Mirage 2000D from Nancy-Ochey Air Base in eastern France.

USMC legacy Hornet flies with Raytheon's new APG-79(V)4 AESA radar

Raytheon Intelligence and Space announced on May 10 that a pre-production version of the company’s APG-79(V)4 AESA radar had successfully completed its first flight on a USMC-operated legacy Hornet

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Going MAD: Inside the airborne nuclear forces of NATO and Russia

With the threat of nuclear weapons possibly being used in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Air Forces Monthly looks at the Russian and NATO aerial components that would be involved in such a scenario

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Commercial

What Passenger to Cargo Converted Aircraft Look Like Now

As the Coronavirus swept across the world and airlines grounded jets, the belly-freight capacity passenger these aircraft provide vanished. To solve this, operators and manufacturers stepped in to come up ways of removing the seats and attaching freight to the floor. We've put together three examples of what it looks like both before and after the transition has been made.

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The Coronavirus Cargo Conundrum

As COVID-19 swept across the world and passenger aircraft were grounded, the vital air freight capacity they provide was decimated. Airlines started scrambling for ways to continue to carry cargo without flying empty jets. Thomas Haynes speaks to Airbus about how they helped to solve this problem.

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Airports of the World Issue 90 - July-August 2020

Welcome to Airports of the World Issue 90 - July-August 2020

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.

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Flight Simulation

747 Classic New Previews

Just Flight has released new ‘in development images of its upcoming 747 Classic.

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Just Flight’s Traffic Global

Bringing AI life to X-Plane

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Deka Ironwork Simulations’ DCS: JF-17 Thunder

A new lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat
aircraft for DCS World

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ILA Berlin

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19 Wing Comox Air Show

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Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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US Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
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