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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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Hunter pilot reflects on air-to-air combat experiences

Before the era of all-aspect missiles and helmet-mounted sights, jet combat was an art that needed particular skills. Pilot and author Rod Dean reflects on some incredible experiences, usually flying his favourite aircraft, the legendary Hawker Hunter

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UK MOD issues RFI for New Medium Helicopter programme

A much-anticipated Request for Information (RFI) was issued by the UK MOD on May 18 for the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) contract to supply up to 44 NMHs to replace existing rotorcraft systems for Army and Strategic Commands

New operator of the Boeing 737-800SF revealed

EgyptAir is poised to gain its maiden Boeing 737-800SF after the flag carrier inked a freighter conversion contract with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) during mid-May.

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BREAKING: British Airways owner seals deal for up to 150 MAXs

The parent company behind some of the biggest names in European aviation has inked a blockbuster deal to buy dozens of Boeing narrowbodies

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IN PICTURES: Shuttleworth Collection Season Premiere

All eyes were on Old Warden as the Shuttleworth Collection opened its doors in fine style with its traditional Season Premiere. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting the wide range of aircraft that took part in the airshow

DARPA unveils Liberty Lifter heavy airlift seaplane concept

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled a concept on May 18 for a new heavy airlift seaplane dubbed the Liberty Lifter. DARPA says it has launched the Liberty Lifter project to demonstrate a leap in operational logistics capabilities by designing, building and flying a long-range, low-cost X-plane capable of seaborne strategic and tactical lift.

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Report reveals cause of Grand Forks Global Hawk crash

An executive summary of the accident investigation report into the loss of a US Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk in August 2021, while returning to Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB), North Dakota, was released by Air Combat Command Headquarters on April 22 this year.

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Green Mountain F-35 Lightnings

This year, Vermont’s 158th Fighter Wing made history as the first Air National Guard wing to be declared combat ready with the F-35A. Tom Kaminski outlines its history and fifth-generation transition

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REPORT: Israeli F-16Is continue to wage war on Syria's missile production facilities

Since 2017, the Israeli Air Force has been periodically attacking missile production facilities in Syria – with the latest assault occurring in April 2022. Air Forces Monthly details all six airstrikes, as well as the aircraft and squadrons that carried them out

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Iranian Army Day Parade: Which helicopters were involved?

More than 50 helicopters took part in Iran’s Army Day Parade this year. Air Forces Monthly has the details

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RAF reveals name of Dassault 900LX CSAT aircraft

A new aircraft type procured by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a replacement for its BAe 146 fleet in the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) role has been officially named.

ATR teases hybrid turboprop launch

The Franco-Italian manufacturer is pledging 20% better fuel burn and 100% SAF use

India tests indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy have successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (NASM). It was launched from an Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42B helicopter over the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on May 18.

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Pilot report: de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth

With ownership of de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth G-EBLV having officially transferred to the Shuttleworth Collection recently, it’s the perfect time for our resident pilot, Dave Unwin, to reflect on a flight in this most charismatic of biplanes

RAAF to receive seven MQ-28A Ghost Bats within two years

In an Australian Liberal Government press release on May 15 Minister for Defence Peter Dutton revealed that seven Boeing MQ-28A Ghost Bat uncrewed autonomous air vehicles will enter Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service within two years.

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QEAF's first marked Typhoon sighted and more F-15QAs are delivered

The first Eurofighter Typhoon destined for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) performed a test flight at BAE System’s Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire on May 9, while six more Boeing F-15QA fighters arrived the same day at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, en route to Qatar

World Update IX: Italy and Malta Released

Asobo Studios has released World Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, covering Italy and Malta.

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France's last Mirage 2000Cs

With the withdrawal of the French Air Force’s Mirage 2000C fleet fast approaching, Babak Tagvhee documents the last user of the jet: EC 2/5 ‘Île-de-France’

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An in-depth review of Russia's current ISR aircraft

Russia has been investing heavily in airborne intelligence-gathering capabilities and is currently using it to keep an eye on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as Air Forces monthly reports

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Military aviation accident reports May 2022

Key.Aero presents a summary of military aviation accident reports from around the world. 

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Mi-8: Russia's electronic countermeasures helicopter

The Mi-8 has been a valuable electronic countermeasures asset for the Russian military for several decades. Air Forces Monthly examines the new-generation special-mission derivatives of the type

USAF and Lockheed Martin complete ARRW hypersonic flight test

The US Air Force and Lockheed Martin have conducted a hypersonic-boosted flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon from the service’s B-52H Stratofortress

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BREAKING: Wizz Air to form new airline

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has revealed its intention to form a new airline subsidiary.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Touches Down in Hollywood

Orbx has released KBUR Hollywood Burbank Airport v2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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