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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 97

Welcome to the 97th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

65th AGRS re-form with Aggressor-schemed F-35As

During a ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on June 9, the US Air Force’s 65th Aggressor Squadron (65th AGRS) was officially reactivated with the F-35 Lightning II as part of the 57th Wing/57th Operations Group.

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'We crashed into a minefield': RAF Canberra navigator recounts crash

Former RAF Canberra navigator John Hyde recalls the time his jet suffered a double engine failure after dark in the tale of a rumble seat, a very annoyed officer, and a mine field!

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What happened to Sheffield City Airport?

Sheffield City Airport's short life lasted just 11 years beginning in 1997 and ending in 2008. What went wrong and could it reopen? Ben Lovegrove answers these questions and more

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Star Maker: Ukraine's use of private sector satellite services

As Russian forces surged into Ukraine following Moscow’s decision on February 24 to commit its military to the toppling of the Zelenskyy government, private sector satellite service providers stepped in to support Kyiv's needs

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CROYDON: London’s ‘first’ hub airport moves to a war footing

While Croydon Airport’s expansion continued apace during an era many dubbed “The Golden Age of Aviation,” the seeds of World War 2 began to take root in Europe. In the  penultimate episode  in our six part special - featuring rare archived images – the gateway is dramatically set on a very different trajectory

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The secretive F-117 Nighthawk's post-retirement ops

Having purportedly retired in 2008, the secretive F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter is still flying – although the USAF is reticent to talk about it. Tom Kaminski explores the stealth fighter’s pedigree

A walk around tour of the iconic Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’

In the second of our Huey Flight Experience videos, chief pilot Neil Airey takes us on a tour of Huey 509 ‘Miss Joe’…

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The role NATO ISR aircraft are playing in monitoring the war in Ukraine

Surveillance aircraft from Western air arms have been extremely active around Ukraine’s borders since the start of the Russian invasion. AirForces Monthly delves into the roles of allied spy planes during the conflict

QUIZ: BA's weird and wonderful world tails

It's a quarter of a century since British Airways unleashed its World Images on unsuspecting airports across the globe, but how well can you remember what BA would prefer you forgot?

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The ultimate ‘barn find’? – restored Mosquito comes to life 

Thanks to the late John Smith, a de Havilland Mosquito FBVI survived in a New Zealand shed for more than 60 years. Now returned to engine-running condition and displayed in the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, this historical ‘time capsule’ is a tribute to its former owner’s part in the preservation movement

Melbourne City Pack Released

Orbx has announced Landmarks Melbourne City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Grasshopper Takes Flight in MSFS

Flight Replicas has released the L-4 Grasshopper for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Sweden to acquire second-hand C-130Js from Italy

After looking at various options for modernising their six Tp84 (C-130H) Hercules, the Swedish Air Force has instead opted to acquire second-hand C-130Js from Italy

Norway terminates NH90 contract

Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to abandon introduction of the NH90 into Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) service and authorised the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to terminate the contract.

Bell Textron Canada to modernise RCAF’s CH-146 Griffon helicopter fleet

The Canadian government has awarded Bell Textron Canada a contract to modernise the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) 85-strong fleet of CH-146 Griffon utility helicopters – a move that aims to extend the type’s service life until at least the mid-2030s.

Fulcrum One Throttle Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Fulcrum Simulator Controls has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fulcrum One Throttle Quadrant.

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Was the Vickers Vanguard terribly timed?

The February 24, 1961 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ published a fascinating article on the Vanguard amid its entry into service with BEA. Even then, just three months after it began flying for the airline, it was clear that the type’s longevity was in doubt

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Is Aeroflot poised to order 300 Russian-built aircraft?

Aeroflot could be about to place an order for several hundred domestic-built aircraft.

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Your guide to the tails of British Airways' 'World Images' rebranding

With it being a quarter of a century since British Airways unveiled the first of a planned 50 ‘World Images’ across the tailfins of its fleet, Martin Needham compiles a snapshot of 34 different designs to grace an aircraft.

Historic Aviation Quiz

It's Friday, so take a break from the end-of-the-week rush with our quiz on all things historic aviation...

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AIR International June-July 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

DCS: South Atlantic Map Enters Early Access

Razbam has announced South Atlantic Map is now available in Early Access.

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First private Lynx completes testing

Suffolk-based businessman Graham Hinkley’s Westland Lynx AH7 XZ179/G-NCKS received its permit to fly on 29 April following restoration by North Weald Heritage Aviation.

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Czech Hinds being prepped for Ukraine transfer

With the Czech Air Force expected to withdraw its Mi-24/35 fleet from service at the end of the year, it has been revealed that they are set to be donated to Ukraine

 

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