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Military

Modification work begins on new “Air Force One”

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has announced that the first of two Boeing 747-8s to be modified to VC-25B standard to become a new “Air Force One”, has begun.

Australia releases shortlist for Shadow 200 replacement

The Australian Army has shortlisted four companies to compete in providing a replacement for its AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS) under its Project LAND 129 campaign.

India paves way for Tejas Mk1A procurement

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has finalised the procurement of 83 indigenously produced Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas Mk1A light fighters.

ILA Berlin, RIAT and Farnborough cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The ILA Berlin Airshow, Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) have become the latest large-scale aviation events to be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finnish PC-12NG fleet surpasses 30,000 flight hours

The Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) has announced that its Pilatus PC-12NG fleet has surpassed the 30,000-flight-hour milestone.

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Commercial

Concorde captain on future of supersonic air travel

It’s been more than 17 years since the curtain fell on the era of commercial supersonic flight. Speaking exclusively to Key.Aero, former BA Concorde captain John Hutchinson weighs in on the future of supersonic air travel

BA officially ends 747 ops with three-mile flight!

After nearly five decades of distinguished service with British Airways, this afternoon (December 11) the flag carrier has flown its final Boeing 747

Virgin sells two 787s for a surprisingly small sum, here’s why

In a bid to raise cash to help it through its COVID-19 recovery, the Crawley-based carrier has agreed to the sale of a pair of Dreamliners

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Historic

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of great aviation images from our archives!

The future of engineering

We speak to Sam Scrimshaw, the Deputy Crew Chief at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, about getting into aviation engineering – and why it’s a great career...

FlyPast Podcast Episode 17

In the latest episode of the FlyPast Podcast, the team celebrates Vulcan Week on Key.Aero by chatting to Sam Scrimshaw, the Deputy Crew Chief on XH558...

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Flight Simulation

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Challenging Airports: Milford Sound

Challenging Airports - Milford Sound (NZMF)

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Flight Controls for Airliners

A Beginner’s Guide Saitek’s Pro Flight Yoke has been...

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PA-28R Arrow III

The Flight of the Arrow Just Flight Crisp textures are...

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