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VIDEO: Blackbird pilot recalls most memorable mission

Colonel Richard Graham (ret’d) was an SR-71 Blackbird pilot, Squadron Commander and Wing Commander. Watch as he recalls one particular flight out of RAF Mildenhall…

Historic Aviation Quiz

Can you identify the tail sections of these historic aircraft?

NZ Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced NZ Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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CSG21: USMC Ospreys embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A pair of USMC-operated Bell Boeing MV-22B Ospreys have landed on board the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), to support the work-up effort ahead of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment

Wings Over Flanders Fields Between Heaven & Hell II

Old Brown Dog Software has recently released a new standalone product in the Wings Over Flanders Fields series.

Bell completes Jet Ranger X deliveries to Jamaica

Bell Textron has completed the delivery of six 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to the Jamaica Defence Force’s Air Wing, which will use the fleet to support public safety and training operations

Read a Meteor flight test from 1951

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and saw action during World War Two. The design was developed, including the F.8 variant which was flight tested by The Aeroplane 70 years ago…

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AirForces Monthly June 2021

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One kill away from ace status… but up against 50 MiGs

"That was my bag for the day, and it made me feel pretty good to know that I was the first jet ace in the history of aerial warfare”

US Navy continues AARGM-ER testing on Super Hornet

The US Navy has completed an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) captive-carry test flight on a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet carrier-based multi-role fighter

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How three engines fell off a brand-new Boeing 707

At 12,000ft above Washington State, the factory-fresh jetliner had three of its engines ripped off and the fourth had to be shut down. Key.Aero reveals how and why this dramatic incident happened

Win a Tiger Moth flight scholarship!

Young people with a proven passion for aviation have the chance to learn to fly in a historic de Havilland Tiger Moth...

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An operational overview of Spain's now-retired Hercules fleet

The end of 2020 saw the retirement of the Spanish Air Force's military air-transport and air-to-air refuelling fleet. After almost half a century of service, we say farewell to Spain’s iconic C/KC-130 Hercules

An in-depth look at Airbus' Future Jet Trainer

Airbus is developing a new-generation advanced jet trainer for Spain, but how will this future platform fare on the export market, with air arms starting to look at the recapitalisation of their training fleets across the globe? We investigate.

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The story behind Qatar's Dassault Rafale DQ/EQ fleet

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is currently undergoing what is probably the most dramatic expansion programme that many of us have ever seen. This programme will result in an almost unbelievable increase in aircraft numbers, as well as a quantum leap in capability - as we explore

F-15EX Eagle IIs debut at Exercise Northern Edge 21

Just weeks after their delivery to Eglin AFB in Florida, the USAF’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs have taken to Alaskan skies for Exercise Northern Edge 21, which is being held from May 3-14

Chinese Z-8AWJS crashes during aerial firefighting mission

A Changhe Z-8AWJS multi-role utility helicopter belonging to the Chinese People’s Armed Police-Forestry Corps crashed into Erhai Lake in Dali City – located in China’s Yunnan Province – on May 10

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth works up Carrier Strike Group operations

As the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 works up operations in preparation for Exercise Strike Warrior and HMS Queen Elizabeth’s (R08) subsequent maiden global deployment, the aircraft on board have been honing their readiness skills

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Aviation News June 2021

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The Airbus A350 story

Rising from the ashes of the abandoned A330-200Lite, Airbus’ A350 continues to bring the future for both the manufacturer and air travel. Barry Lloyd outlines its success

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Airport Movements - Aviation News 2021

A round-up of notable aircraft visiting UK airports

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Sukhoi Su-35 The Ultimate Flanker

The 4th++ generation Sukhoi Su-35 is the most advanced member of the manufacturer’s Su-27 family – but is it the end of the line for the Flanker? Piotr Butowski investigates

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Register Review - Aviation News June 2021

The latest changes on the UK, Irish, Isle of Man and Guernsey registers

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 42

Welcome to the 42nd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

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The Historic Aviation 5-a-day

The de Havilland Heron flew for the first time on May 10, 1950. Here are a selection of photos from the Key archive

 

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