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Military

F-35 reaches new delivery, flight hour milestones

Lockheed Martin has announced that it – along with the F-35 Joint Program Office – has delivered its 500th F-35 Lightning II multirole stealth fighter, just after the fleet surpassed 250,000 flight hours.

VFC-13 boss on supplying adversaries with F-5s

Combat Aircraft Journal Editor, Jamie Hunter, interviews CDR Andrew Craig, commanding officer (CO) of VFC-13 - a US Navy adversary squadron at NAS Fallon flying the F-5N and supporting fleet training and TOPGUN.

US green lights potential Israeli KC-46A purchase

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of up to eight Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker/transport aircraft and related equipment to the Israeli government.

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Commanding the Force!

Jamie Hunter meets Air Cdre Mark Chappell, the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon Force Commander, who oversees all elements of the current operation.

Boeing unveils FARA contender

Boeing Defense has officially unveiled its offering for the US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme

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Commercial

VIDEO: Flight schools fight back against gloomy pilot jobs outlook

Last month, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) effectively told prospective pilots not to bother training because of COVID-19’s impact on the aviation industry. Key.Aero spoke to four flight schools to find out why they feel very differently…

Ryanair places huge new 737 MAX order

In a big break for Boeing, the low-cost carrier added to its large existing order of MAXs

Wizz Air reveals fourth UK base

Continuing its rapid expansion in the British market, the Hungarian budget airline unveils its next airport base

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Historic

FlyPast Podcast Episode 15

This week on the FlyPast podcast, assistant editor Tara chats to three of the men who make up the team restoring English Electric Lightnings over at the Lightning Association...

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The couple who spent eight years restoring a Nimrod simulator, part 3!

Having spent years tracking down parts, Sarah Thorpe and Geremy Britton now had just seven weeks to put it all together…

Historic Aviation Quiz

Here’s this week’s historic aviation quiz!

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Flight Simulation

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Hunter F.6/FGA.9

Just Flight takes on another classic British fighter The...

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B737NG Mode Control Panel

A thing of beauty - I just wish they did Airbus parts. Simworld’s...

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The Virtual Aviation Group

The Virtual Airline which is more like a family and community...

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