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Spain orders three A330 MRTTs

The Spanish Ministry of Defence has signed a formal order for the acquisition of three Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTT)

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Peace on Earth? NATO rewrites Article 5 to include space

NATO has rewritten the Article 5 clause of the North Atlantic Treaty to include the space domain for the first time, meaning that an attack on a member’s space-orientated assets could incur a response from across the alliance

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Leigh Chatten

C-130 recovers X-61 UAV mid-flight

During the latest test deployment of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Gremlins programme, an X-61 Gremlin Air Vehicle (GAV) was successfully recovered by a C-130 whilst airborne

Two pallets can be carried on this Bedford flat-deck truck at London Airport. One pallet is seen in this picture in process of being raised by the fork-lift truck, having been rolled off the rear of the Bedford. Feature Premium

First-ever jet combi scheduled service

Detailed insights into the TCA DC-8F Combi scheduled service from Montreal to London via Prestwick, which was covered in the March 7, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

Algeria’s first C-130J being readied for delivery

Lockheed Martin is preparing to deliver the first Super Hercules for the Algerian Air Force, which has now been undergoing flight testing for several months from the manufacturer’s facility at Greenville- Donaldson Airport, South Carolina

New partnership offers customised air freight in Asia

Kerry Logistics Network (KLN) has partnered with My Jet Xpress Airlines to offer customised air freight options within Asia

Air bp begins aviation fuel venture in Iraq

Air bp has begun an aircraft fuelling venture with United Iraqi Company for Airports and Ground Handling Services at Baghdad International Airport

Lockheed Martin awarded $10.8bn F-22 contract

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $10,8bn indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on November 5 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre for Advanced Raptor Enhancement and Sustainment (ARES) for the F-22 Programme Office

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Incredible C-130J image among winners of 2021 RAF photo competition

After receiving nearly 1,500 submissions, judges of the 2021 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition have chosen their winners.

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An exclusive tour of American Airlines' Skyview HQ

American Airlines’ Skyview headquarters is a new state-of-the-art complex fit for the 21st century. Chris Sloan journeys to Fort Worth, Texas for an exclusive tour

Aviation Group meets the Catalina

Members of the Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group will have a rare opportunity to meet the pilot of the wonderful Catalina aircraft at their next meeting on Wednesday, November 24 7.30 for 8.00pm

B-52s join B-1Bs during European Bomber Task Force mission

B-52 Stratofortress bombers from the USAF 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, currently deployed at Andersen AFB, Guam joined the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron’s (EBS) B-1B Lancers over the North Sea to support the Bomber Task Force (BTF) Europe series on November 10

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First Luftwaffe C-130J Super Hercules takes flight

Lockheed Martin has flown the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules for the German Luftwaffe. The aircraft, serial number 55+01 (c/n 5930), made its maiden flight from Marietta, Georgia, on November 8

X-Plane Touches Down in Menorca

Aerosoft has announced Menorca Airport for X-Plane 11 is now available.

50th KC-46A delivery is one of first two for McGuire

A further milestone in the US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus programme has been reached with delivery of the first two aircraft to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), New Jersey, for the 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings (AMWs). These were the 49th and 50th KC-46A deliveries

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100 years of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance

The Royal British Legion was formed 100 years ago, in 1921 by Earl Haig. It was created to offer support for those who had suffered in The First World War. That same year, the RBL adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, but why do we wear poppies?

MilViz PC-6 Available on OrbxDirect

MilViz has released the PC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator on OrbxDirect.

Scilly zero-carbon flights bid progresses

Three companies have signed a letter of intent to bring hydrogen-powered flights to the UK’s Isles of Scilly

SITA solution supports EPL standardisation

Travel IT specialist SITA has developed a blockchain-based solution enabling the verification of an electronic personnel license without network connectivity

Airlines burning 40% less fuel

Cirium has published its Global Aircraft Emissions Monitor

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Behind the scenes of Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8i Palma flights

The easing of lockdown restrictions prompted thousands of Germans to reach for their beach towels and head to Palma de Mallorca. But with demand far exceeding narrowbody supply, there was only one tool for the job, as Vasco Garcia discovers

Unseen colour photos of British aviation's first 50 years

The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its development as an instrument of war and commerce. A new book offers more than 170 carefully colourised period images of aircraft produced in Great Britain before 1950. Here Key.Aero presents an extract from British Aviation The First Half-Century

Belgium deploys A400M for first international exercise

The Belgian Air Component conducted its first international A400M exercise during October 11-25, this is after a detachment of 148 military personnel and two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft from the 15th Airlift Wing participated in the Airlift Block Training (ABT) at Pisa Air Base, Italy

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Leeds Bradford Airport marks 90 years of service

Leeds Bradford Airport (formerly Yeadon Aerodrome and RAF Yeadon) celebrated 90 years since its opening with a special exhibition during October

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