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Vulcan Week

The Avro Vulcan is one of the true icons of historic aviation. Starting out as a key part of Britain's nuclear deterrent in the Cold War era, the Vulcan is an aircraft that almost everyone has a soft spot for - and that's largely thanks to XH558. Its incredible restoration, thanks to the work of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, thrilled airshow crowds up until 2015, but it still has a role to play in inspiring the next generation of aviation engineers.

 

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Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

Virgin Atlantic to host lockdown quiz with ultimate top prize

Once in a lifetime prizes are up for grabs, while the proceeds are set to go to charity

GAO recommends CH-53K production cap until testing is complete

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Navy caps the production of Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters to six aircraft per year until the platform completes initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E)

Air Canada officially unveils A220 retro livery

Ahead of its first flight, the specially painted jet breaks cover for the first time

Lebanon receives a trio of Huey IIs

A further three Bell UH-1H-II Huey IIs, valued at more than US$32m, have been donated to the Lebanese Air Force (LAF) by the US government

AerCap to acquire US lessor GECAS

The world’s largest aircraft leasing company has agreed to purchase 100% of its rival as the aviation industry continues to struggle due to the pandemic

Bodney, Beans and Biggin on the Bump

In this week's MyPast, Kevin Korterud details his trip to the UK, where he wasn't sure whether to be more blown away by baked beans at breakfast or his once in a lifetime experience flying a Spitfire...

Undisclosed Asian nation orders Hermes 900 drones

Israel’s Elbit Systems revealed on March 2 that it has been contracted to deliver an unspecified number of Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems to an undisclosed Asian customer

Quiz: How well do you know your low-cost airlines?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz focuses on the ultra-competitive world of low-cost airlines. How well do you know these carriers? Let us know what score you get!

Denmark’s first F-35A takes flight

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the Royal Danish Air Force has completed its maiden flight

Germany rolls out farewell scheme for Transall

The German Air Force has applied a stunning farewell scheme to one of its Transport Allianz (Transall) C-160D tactical transport aircraft ahead of the platform’s formal retirement from service later this year

FlyPast Podcast Episode 12

The team chat to historic aviation expert and author Michael Napier about the Korean War, a conflict that still shapes international politics to this day...

Don’t become an airline pilot until you've watched this

From getting stuck in remote parts of Canada and New Zealand to popping across to the Isle of Wight for ice cream, airline pilots Anna McGrady and Nick Shaw both had quite the adventure during their training. Key.Aero sat down with them both to find out how they found their way to the flight deck

Icelandair to integrate domestic and international operations

The flag carrier aims to streamline its route network to include simple domestic connections

PA-28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight has announced the PA-28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Belgium grounds F-16 fleet due to engine concerns

Belgium has grounded its entire fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters, meaning that the nation’s air defence duties have now been temporarily taken over by the Netherlands

X-Plane Touches Down at Stansted

Boundless Simulations has released London Stansted for X-Plane 11.

UK government to consult on cutting domestic air passenger duty

While the aviation industry welcomed the news, Wizz Air UK’s managing director exclusively told Key.Aero that aviation tax reforms could create some “proper competition for the railways”

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Sikorsky secures first international customer for the CH-53K

Sikorsky has secured the first international customer for its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter after Israel confirmed that it will seek to procure the platform to replace its ageing CH-53 Yas’ur fleet

Historic Aviation Quiz

Have a go at this week's historic aviation quiz!

Microsoft Flight Simulator Update III Released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update III is now available for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

Inside Mitsubishi’s $9 billion Spacejet problem

The first domestically designed and produced airliner since the 1960s, the Spacejet was supposed to put Japan on the aviation map. Instead, it has been plagued by delays and has cost Mitsubishi billions. Key.Aero speaks to Isaac Alexander – who has followed its journey closely for more than a decade – to get the real story…

Vertex Aerospace lands TH-73A logistics support contract

The US Navy has awarded Vertex Aerospace a US$71.3m contract to provide the first year of contractor logistics and maintenance support (CLS) services for its future fleet of Leonardo TH-73A training helicopters

The Luftwaffe’s top three fighters

On March 9 1935, Germany announced the formation of the Luftwaffe, going against the Treaty of Versailles. So what were the most popular fighters of the Luftwaffe from the time of its establishment in 1935 to its insolvency in 1946?

T-45C Goshawk Ready for Take-Off

IndiaFoxtEcho and MilViz have announced the T-45C Goshawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Key communication upgrades for USAF’s “Doomsday” planes

The USAF’s four-strong fleet of Boeing E-4B Nightwatch airborne command and control aircraft is receiving key upgrades that are designed to revolutionise the platform’s communication capabilities and effectiveness

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