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Historic

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How thrust reversers work

Thrust reversers have been used on famous aircraft, such as Concorde and the Tornado. Find out how they work.

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World War II’s rocket-powered fighter jet

A wonder in principle… a flop in practice: Key.Aero remembers the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, a 700mph single-seater that was ahead of its time

New Spitfire documentary is must-watch TV!

Have you been watching ‘Inside the Spitfire Factory’? The second episode airs at 9pm, Monday October 5 on More4 – don’t miss it!

75 years since the Hawker Typhoon was retired

Transformed from its original role as a high-altitude fighter, the Typhoon found its niche as an interceptor that could fly as low as 500ft. Watch our video of the only one left in the world…

51st Anniversary of Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

Taking its design from the world’s first operational jet airliner, October 2, 1969 saw the first flight of a maritime patrol aircraft that would be in service for over 40 years

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Military

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Inside the RCAF's $600m fleet avionics upgrade

Safety and efficiency are at the heart of a major avionics upgrade to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet. Dr Joetey Attariwala takes a closer look

Italy receives first Gulfstream G550 multi-mission aircraft

The Italian Air Force announced on March 29 that its first Gulfstream G550 aircraft for the Multisensor Multi-Mission System (MMMS) programme has arrived at Pratica di Mare Air Base in Pomezia, Lazio, following a nine-hour direct flight from Dallas, Texas

New nations take over NATO Baltic Air Policing missions

New NATO fighter rotations took place on March 31 via official handover ceremonies held at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

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Commercial

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Embraer’s E-Jet E2 family: The next generation

Soon to come under Boeing’s wing, the popular Embraer E-Jet series of regional airliners has been refreshed...

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Aviation News May 2020

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Coronavirus: Airline Brand Values Tumble

The ongoing crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic could result in the top 50 most valuable airline brands losing up to 20% of their brand value. According to a report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy, the total drop in value could equate to more than $20bn.

Coronavirus: European Air Traffic Plummets 80%

According to the latest traffic figures released by EUROCONTROL, the number of flights within Europe is down by more than 80%. On the day chosen for analysis (April 8) there was an 87% reduction equating to just over 4,000 flights, which is 27,000 fewer than the same day in 2019.

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Airliner World May 2020

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Flight Simulation

Cessna 150 Commuter Ready for Take-Off

Vflyteair Simulations has released a new Cessna 150 Commuter for X-Plane 11.

New Albanian Destination Out Now

TropicalSim has released Tirana LATI 2020 for FSX and Prepar3D.

Seychelles Preview

Aerosoft has released new preview screenshots of Seychelles XP.

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Upcoming Events

AERO Friedrichshafen

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Friedrichshafen, Germany

The event website states: "The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s most important trade show for general aviation, will take place in April 2024. More than 700 exhibitors from about 38 countries will be presenting the industry’s latest innovations in one of the world’s most modern exhibition centers which has direct access to Friedrichshafen Airport."

Bagotville International Air Show

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Saguenay, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."