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FlyPast Podcast Episode 43

For this episode, we're joined by Dave Gibson for a fascinating chat about World War Two airfields of Lincolnshire.

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Airports of the World Issue 98 - November-December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Qatar Airways A350 nearly suffers ‘mid-air collision’

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 came close to colliding with a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 over Iranian airspace earlier this year.

Argentine Air Force participates in huge airlift exercise

The Argentine Air Force participated in a wide-ranging exercise from September 20 to October 6 to improve strategic airlift operations, utilising its newly acquired 737-700 transport aircraft, which was delivered in March this year, among other assets

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What lies ahead for EEA 1/54 'Dunkirk' and France's covert ISR assets?

We look at the platforms that have served the French Air and Space Force’s secretive Airborne Electronic Squadron 1/54 ‘Dunkirk’ and detail the new intelligence-gathering assets that are set to enter service in the coming years

‘Draguar’ charity aircraft pull for SSAFA at RAF Cosford

A team of four aircraft technician instructors of No. 238 Squadron, RAF Cosford, have set themselves the challenge of pulling a Jaguar aircraft 238 metres along the airfield’s main runway on Wednesday, October 27...

Here’s when Singapore’s A380s will return to Heathrow

After a more than 18-month hiatus, Singapore Airlines has announced the return of the Airbus A380 to its London services.

FPDA nations plan commemorative 50th Anniversary display

The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) member nations will participate in a mixed force flypast and naval display over and in the waters off Marina South, Singapore, on October 18 to celebrate 50 years of the defence pact

Duxford in a Different Light: Fighter Night

On the evening of the 4th September - following on from the Flying Day - Duxford hosted it’s second night photography event. Liam Shaw from Imperial War Museum Duxford spoke to Key.Aero regarding the event's success...

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UK Discovery Tour, Part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final leg of our United Kingdom discovery tour, departing from Inverness to explore Scotland’s rugged highlands and remote island chains. On our journey, we’ll also visit two more bespoke airports from Asobo: first the famous beach runway at Barra and the lesser-known small community airstrip of Out Skerries in the far-flung Shetland Islands.

FR-TEC’s Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Raptor Mach 2 Review Premium

FR-TEC’s Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Raptor Mach 2

If you’re an aspiring jet jockey, then HOTAS controls are important and need to be top-notch, particularly on long missions. We take a look at the Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Mach 2 from Far Eastern company FR-TECH.

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DCS World: To Infinity - and Beyond

In this exclusive interview with Eagle Dynamics’ senior producer Matt Wagner, we look at the state of progress of DCS World, reveal a truly fantastic feature coming ahead and take a glance at where military flight sims go from here.

Historic aviation quiz: Bomber Command edition (Part 2)

This month, FlyPast is celebrating 85 years of Bomber Command with its special issue. So, what better way to celebrate here on Key.Aero than with a series of Bomber Command centred quizzes, each slightly more difficult than the next?

US Navy completes back-to-back BQM-177 test flights off Japan

NAVAIR has revealed that the US Navy recently completed three back-to-back test flights off the coast of Japan with its newest subsonic aerial target – the BQM-177A – in preparation for the type achieving full operational capability later this year

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First-hand report from the Berlin Airlift

A revealing account of the aircraft operations during the Berlin Airlift with ‘The Aeroplane’s’ John E Fricker getting to experience flights into the city on an Avro York and Short Sunderland carrying supplies. In his article, which was published in the July 23, 1948 issue, he also gives his impressions of life in Berlin which was still bearing the scars from World War Two

USAF releases 5,000lb Penetrator bomb for the first time

A USAF F-15E Strike Eagle of the 96th Test Wing flew over the Eglin Air Force Base test range in Florida and released a GBU-72 Advanced 5,000Ib Penetrator bomb from 35,000ft on October 7

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New Australian low-cost airline Bonza to launch

A new budget airline is set to be launched in Australia, offering affordable air travel across the country from early next year.

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Laminar Research Announces X-Plane 12

Laminar Research has formally announced X-Plane 12 at FlightSimExpo 2021 in San Diego, with the team highlighting various aspects of the simulator that have been overhauled and improved.

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A look at the aerial firefighting effort that saved North Macedonia this summer

With its own firefighting aeroplanes left unserviceable this summer, North Macedonia faced catastrophic wildfires. We explain how aircraft from neighbouring countries helped to save the small Balkan nation from the flames

USAF receives airborne laser weapon for AC-130J testing

Lockheed Martin announced on October 6 that it has completed the factory testing process for the Airborne High Energy Laser (AHEL) weapon that is bound for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) fleet of AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunships

RAF Poseidon performs first overseas visit to Iceland

As part of increased cooperation between the UK and Iceland, a detachment of RAF personnel visited Iceland with an Airbus A400M Atlas C1 heavy-lift tactical transport and a Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft

53WRS Hurricane Hunters conclude Hurricane Sam operations

The US Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), named Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, completed its final flight into Hurricane Sam on October 2

Why the RAF’s latest Poseidon has a unique grey nose cone

The Royal Air Force took delivery of its sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 last month, but this one is different from rest. We reveal the reason for this very noticeable ‘modification'

​PMDG’s Douglas DC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

PMDG’s Douglas DC-6

Once in a while, an add-on gets released for Flight Simulator that takes your virtual flying experience down an entirely different path. It’s usually the reward that comes with purchasing top-shelf payware products that does it, and this has certainly been the case after installing the PMDG DC-6.

FlightSafety and GE Digital unveil data deal

FlightSafety International and GE Digital have joined forces to use actual flight data to reduce flight risks through training delivery

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