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Airbus uses prototype A380 in 100% engine SAF flights

Airbus has flown an A380-800 with one of the quad jet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in a first for the European manufacturer.

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A look around the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Assistant editor James Peene made a seven-hour, 400-mile round trip to visit Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton. It was worth the journey

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Why have mirror paint schemes appeared on USAF fighters?

Multiple US military aircraft have appeared recently wearing a highly reflective coating. David Axe digs into the potential reasong behind this

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Canada picks F-35 as preferred Hornet fighter replacement

Public Services and Procurement Canada has chosen to take Lockheed Martin's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter into the “finalisation phase” of its plan to procure 88 fighters as replacements for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CF-18 Hornets

Eurodrone mock up at ILA Berlin in 2018 Feature Premium

Eurovision: Europe's drone ambitions

The Eurodrone platform is expected to be the focus of attention for Europe in the coming years, delivering a medium altitude, long endurance UAV for a quartet of the continent’s leading military powers

Boeing and Airbus join forces on Germany’s heavy lift helicopter programme

Aviation giants Boeing and Airbus Helicopters signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on March 25 to commence a partnership on the H-47 Chinook helicopter for Germany

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 86

Welcome to the 86th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Rotate MD-11 for X-Plane Released

After almost five years in development, aircraft developer Rotate has released the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 for X-Plane.

Wizz Air expands London Gatwick routes as South Terminal reopens

Ultra low-cost operator Wizz Air has launched the first of 18 new routes from London/Gatwick – within hours of the airport reopening its South Terminal.

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Yankee doodlebug: America's copy of the German V-1 bomb

Attacks from German V-1 flying bombs gained notoriety during World War Two. Less well known is that the US developed its own version of the missile, the Republic-Ford JB-2, based on recovered remains of enemy weapons. Bill Cahill sheds light on the story

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How the Vietnam War transformed combat air rescue

Huge advances in helicopter technology saved countless lives

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100 Squadron: RAF's Hawk T1 aggressor unit disbands

After 105 years of service and spending the last two decades as an aggressor unit of the RAF, No 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, laid down its sword as an operational unit on March 24

QUIZ: Antonov An-225

Aviation's world heavyweight champion might have been destroyed last month, but our memories haven't. How much do you know about the An-225?

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Combat Aircraft Journal May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

In-cockpit 360° video: Low-level in IAC PC-9M

Key.Aero gained privileged access to the Irish Air Corps and flew with its Flight Training School in the Pilatus PC-9M. Here, we present a spectacular sortie involving aerobatics and low-level flying and speak to the squadron's members to explore the crucial role that the FTS plays

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia released

The latest World Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator covers Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman designated MQ-28A Ghost Bat

AUSTRALIA’s MINISTER for Defence, Peter Dutton, announced on March 20 during a ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, Queensland, that the Australian-built Boeing Air Power Teaming System/Loyal Wingman uncrewed combat air vehicle has been officially designated the MQ-28A Ghost Bat. Dutton also said that it had successfully completed its three test flight series.

Provost lineage on display at Linton-on-Ouse during the retirement ‘celebrations’ of May 20 with, left to right, the ex-gate guard Provost T.1 XF545 ‘K-O’ (now up for auction), Jet Provost T.3A XM321 ‘21’ and Jet Provost T.5A XW360 ‘69’. Key-Dave Allport Feature Premium

RAF Jet Provosts fade away

For 34 years Jet Provosts were based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Dave Allport was there to witness the end of the type at the Yorkshire base with his report appearing in the July 1993 FlyPast

Nile Air reveals first European destination

Egypt's largest private airline is preparing to take-off to Europe this summer with its first direct scheduled services to the continent

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Paul Gargano

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AIR International April 2022

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Orion-E MALE UAV in Dubai News Premium

Russian drone company in new UK sanctions list

Russian drone company Kronstadt has been included in the list of new UK sanctions targeting key industries and persons it says are supporting the regime and its war effort in Ukraine

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft

Comdt Donal Curran, OC 101 Squadron, talks to Key.Aero about the objectives of the unit, its use of the CN-235 and the future of procuring two more modern MPA platforms.

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BAE Systems donates aircraft to Shuttleworth Trust

BAE Systems has donated the last aircraft from its unique heritage collection to the Shuttleworth Trust

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: 102 Squadron’s Learjet 45

Operating a sole Learjet 45 for VIP transport and other mission sets, Comdt Peter Smyth, OC 102 Squadron speaks to Key.Aero about the aircraft’s role and future.

 

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