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Vintage Aircraft Club awards presented

The Vintage Aircraft Club’s annual awards ceremony took place at Shuttleworth House in the Old Warden parkland on 20 November, for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Johnathon Large

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Fokker F-28 roll-out

After the success of the Friendship the Fellowship had a hard act to follow. In the April 19, 1967 issue ‘Aeroplane’ detailed the plans for certifying the aircraft

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Croatia formally signs for Rafale acquisition

After selecting the Dassault Rafale F3-R as the winner of its Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft programme, the Croatian government has officially signed an acquisition agreement with its French counterpart and will become the third European nation to equip itself with the type

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Space accelerator: The Leo Programme

The UK Space Agency’s Leo programme aims to get space entrepreneurs up and running. Tom Batchelor takes a closer look

Gripen E deliveries to Brazil and Sweden begin

Saab has begun deliveries of the series production Gripen E with hand-over of the first six aircraft, comprising four to the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian Air Force) and two to the Swedish Air Force.

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A legendary CAF colonel remembered

Stephen W Barber, a Commemorative Air Force (CAF) colonel and driving force behind the success of the organisation’s Southern California Wing (CAFSOCAL), was memorialised in fitting style at Camarillo Airport, California on November 14, 2021.

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UK and Sweden dispute NTSB findings on fatal Saab 2000 overrun

Conclusions of a report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into a fatal 2019 overrun involving a PenAir Saab 2000 have been disputed by Swedish and UK investigators.

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Planes and Trains: Proven partners or rising rivals?

In parts of Europe and Asia, high-speed rail is becoming a viable alternative to flying on many key short-haul routes. What does this mean for aviation and how is the industry adapting to this shift? Lee Cross investigates

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Rare colour photos of pre-1950 British bombers

The birth of the aircraft in the early part of the 20th century brought with it a new opportunity, that of being able to drop bombs on the enemy. A new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains over 170 beautifully colourised images of British aircraft produced before 1950. Key.Aero presents a selection of some of our favourite bombers.

Six more US Special Ops MH-47Gs ordered

Boeing has been awarded a contract to supply an additional six MH-47G helicopters by US Special Operations Command.

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Kuwaiti H225M Caracal at Dubai Airshow

A nice surprise at the Dubai International Airshow, was the Kuwait Air Force H225M Caracal (608), the eighth of 24 for Kuwait on order

Slovenia to Purchase a C-27J from Italy

A Government to Government (G2G) agreement was signed on November 17 between Slovenia and Italy which will see Slovenia procure a Leonardo Company C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft from Italy

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Seafire returns to the skies after work at Old Warden

Supermarine Seafire F Mk.XVII SX336 flew for the first time in around five years on November 18 from Old Warden in the capable hands of Stu Goldspink. The aircraft’s return follows a period of extensive maintenance at the Bedfordshire aerodrome

Three more RAAF F-35As delivered

A further three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A Lightning IIs have been delivered. They arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, on November 20.

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How the aviation industry is trying to become greener

As global leaders were gathering for a key climate change summit, Tom Batchelor considered some of the options available to the aviation industry to scrub up its act

Historic Aviation Quiz: The ATA Girls

This week's historic quiz focuses on the tenacious 'ATA Girls' featured in the December issue of FlyPast magazine

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Early days of the ’125 bizjet

In addition to de Havilland, the 125 would go on to be built by Hawker Siddeley, British Aerospace, Raytheon and Hawker Beechcraft in a number of different variants with around 1,700 examples produced. This article, which appeared in the March 21, 1963 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ provides a glimpse into the certification of the Bristol Siddeley Viper 20 engine. The aircraft featured in this article, G-ARYC, survives as an exhibit at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire

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Helvetic Airways: the other Swiss airline

Helvetic Airways may be small but it is fiercely ambitious – and the world’s biggest Embraer E2 operator. Andreas Spaeth hears more from CEO Tobias Pogorevc

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Commercial pilot training: what next?

Airlines are increasingly concerned about the lack of qualified pilots. Mark Broadbent looks at how specialist training providers are addressing their fears

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UAE set to buy Rafale

All the indications are that Dassault will soon announce a deal with the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense (UAEAF&AD) for up to 60 Dassault Rafale F4 multirole fighters

HMS Queen Elizabeth hosts Italian F-35s during cross deck exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) welcomed Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters from both the Marina Militare/ Italian Navy and the Aeronautica Militare/ Italian Air Force during a cross deck exercise with Italian Carrier, ITS Cavour, on November 21

Norway receives first P-8A Poseidon

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) accepted the first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft on November 18

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 26

The UK is the focus of attention in Episode 26 of the Air Warrior Podcast following the loss on November 17 of an F-35B stealth fighter from No 617 Squadron.

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Fantastic Mr. Dahl

On the 31st anniversary of his death, Key.Aero revisits the biography of a man that led him to becoming one of the most treasured children's authors of the past century

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