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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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TOPGUN through the ages

The US Navy’s TOPGUN fighter weapons school is marking 50 years of training. Combat Aircraft charts its history and success and finds a center of excellence that is adapting for the future.

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De Havilland's ten greatest aircraft: do you agree?

Steve Beebee attempts the impossible – picking out the ten greatest aircraft from the immortal de Havilland stable

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Manchester adds Middle Eastern link

The Northwest hub now offers routes from six Gulf airlines

Boeing begins new A-10C wing deliveries to USAF

Boeing announced on May 25 that, in partnership with sub-contractor Korean Aerospace Industries and other key suppliers, it has delivered the first new wing set for the A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet to the US Air Force.

‘Those sorties put hairs on your chest’: Jaguar pilot memories

In the first of a two part video interview with Wg Cdr Mike Sutton (ret’d), whose book ‘Typhoon’ follows his career in the RAF and also what it was like leading a squadron on operations against ISIS, we focus on his time flying the Jaguar

Dutch Fokker successfully completes flight debut

Fokker D.XXI PH-XXI, an airworthy rebuild of the Dutch World War Two fighter, made a successful debut flight from Hoogeveen in the Netherlands on May 23.

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Top Gun: Maverick (NO SPOILER) review

“The sort of extreme-G flying that even has you clenching your butt cheeks in your cinema seat”

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Lancaster review: veterans’ memories of a mighty aircraft

How best to translate the visceral power of the Avro Lancaster to the screen?

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New RAF Typhoon radar still planned for introduction by 2030

The next step of the planned European Common Radar System Mark 2 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, intended to be fitted to Royal Air Force Typhoon multi-role fighters, will see the completion of a prototype system ahead of manufacturer testing

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When two RAF Mosquitos brought down three Luftwaffe Ju 88s

Toulouse, the night of January 6, 1944 and Mosquito night fighters were on the prowl over occupied France. Gilles Collaveri details a night that brought an end to three Ju 88s

Going head-to-head — a TOPGUN F-14A (BuNo 162591) and a visiting VF-32 F-14B (BuNo 161608) and crew merge during high-aspect basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) in 2002. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics Feature Premium

Tomcats of TOPGUN

Inextricably linked to the Navy Fighter Weapons School thanks to the hit movie Top Gun released in the spring of 1986, the F-14 Tomcat came to symbolize the very best of US naval fighter aviation throughout the jet’s three decades of fleet service

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China's new air to air refuelling aircraft: XI’AN Y-20U

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the PLAAF’s ambitions for the new Xi’an Y-20U airborne tanker

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African-based airline revealed for more Boeing 777Fs

An order for more of Boeing’s popular 777F widebody freighter was unveiled today (May 25). Find out more…

Italian MOD finalises Avanti EVO order

Piaggio Aerospace announced while attending the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 24 that it has finalised an order for six Avanti EVOs with the Italian Ministry of Defence

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The evolving world of UAVs serving the US Navy and USMC

Combat Aircraft Journal explores the evolving world of unmanned aerial vehicles serving the US Navy and Marines Corps

All the new Top Gun: Maverick trailers

After a nearly two-year wait, the highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick film hits cinemas in the UK today. Key.Aero has collated all the trailers available in one place so you can make sure you're fully briefed before you watch the blockbuster on the big screen

Prague Airport for X-Plane Released

Orbx has announced that LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for X-Plane 11 is now available.

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How they made the film Top Gun

US naval aviator Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek was an instructor at the real Topgun school when Hollywood called. He tells the story of the team who helped bring realism to the smash hit 1980s film and here reveals some of the tricks of the trade.

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What aircraft could you buy with the profits from the original Top Gun?

After a nearly three-year wait, Top Gun Maverick is released in UK cinemas today. The original made $356.8 million at the box office, which is enough to equip the US military with the following…

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The 'other' secret bouncing bomb of World War Two

Related to the bouncing bomb of Dambusters fame, Highball was intended to be effective against specific military targets. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this secret World War Two weapon

Guess the historic aircraft cockpit

Why not test yourself on your cockpit knowledge with our quiz?

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Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs at the IRIAF’s Forward Operating Base in Birjand

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs at the IRIAF’s Forward Operating Base in Birjand

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French Rafales involved in mid-air collision during air show

A pair of French Air and Space Force-operated Dassault Rafale C multi-role fighters collided in mid-air during a display at an air show, held at Cognac-Châteaubernard Air Base (BA 709) in southwestern France on May 22

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Indian start-up, Akasa Air, unveils first branded Boeing 737 MAX

The maiden Boeing 737 MAX for India’s newest airline, Akasa Air, was revealed to the world yesterday (May 23) adorned in the company’s smart, eye-catching livery featuring the colours of “Sunrise Orange” and “Passionate Purple”.

South Korea selects Bell 505 as new military training helicopter

Bell Textron has announced selection of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the Republic of Korea as its new rotary-wing trainer for the next-generation of both Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) pilots.

 

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