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Historic

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Above and Beyond - Ulric Cross

The gallantry of Trinidad’s Philip Louis Ulric Cross was twice...

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Serious About Seafires

Restoration Scene: In recent years the airworthy Seafire population...

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Handley Page Pioneer

Inside Stories by Frank Thomas Digby. Roger Taylor details just...

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“I watched Spitfires and Bf 109s battle above me”

Key.Aero reader, Derek Lunn, tells his story of young life in Dover during World War II, from watching dogfights unfold in the skies above him to saving his family’s lives by stopping to sort out his socks…

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First flight of the Gloster Javelin

November 26 marks the 69th year of the first flight of the last design to bear the Gloster name

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Military

Canadian company to provide ISR drones to Ukraine

Canada-based uncrewed aerial system platform and service provider Volatus Aerospace has announced it has begun the delivery of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to Ukraine

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USAF releases report into $10m B-2 landing incident

An abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report into the incident on September 14, 2021, involving a B-2A Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Missouri has been released by Air Force Global Strike Command.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 88

Welcome to the 88th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Commercial

IAG Chief Threatens Legal Action Over Quarantine Rules

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways’ parent IAG, has said the group is considering taking legal action over the government’s mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving into the UK.

25 Years of the Boeing 777

It was the first commercial aircraft designed on a computer. Now, a quarter of a century on from its first commercial flight, Thomas Haynes speaks to both Boeing and a retired pilot to find out what made the 777 so good – and what to expect from the 777X

Why Were Two Qantas Dreamliners Spotted in Chennai?

Chennai Airport in southeastern India has been graced with the presence of not one, but two Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The jets – which have arrived over the last two days – are both at the facility on repatriation duties.

London City Reveals Return Plans

London City Airport has announced plans to resume commercial operations from the end of June. The restart comes after the facility halted all flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 25.

Aviation Industry Blasts Quarantine Plans Ahead of Launch Next Week

The home secretary, Priti Patel has confirmed to MPs that the government’s 14-day quarantine plans will come into force on Monday (June 8) as planned. Speaking in the Commons this afternoon, Patel said that the country is “now more vulnerable to infections being brought in from abroad”.

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SAAB 340 Flight Adventure

Just occasionally, an aircraft design that may have been deemed to have run its course is resurrected because of a confluence of factors. This perfectly sums up our classic aircraft for this issue – the Saab 340 twin turboprop regional airliner…

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Just Flight Interview

Classic jetliners in development.

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DCS F-16C Viper

A Fighting Falcon for DCS World

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."