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Military

USAF introduces Jolly Green II, awards LRIP Lot 2 contract

The US Air Force (USAF) has named the HH-60W – its new combat rescue helicopter – and has awarded Sikorsky a second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract as flight-testing continues.

Dragon Lady completes SYERS-2C upgrades

The latest variant of Collins Aerospace’s Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, has completed flight testing and its first deployment on a USAF Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady.

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France's 'Big Stick'

As the Forces Aériennes Stratégiques begins its 56th year of continuous operations, Sébastien Buyck examines the capabilities of the air force’s arm of the French nuclear triad.

nEUROn completes fifth flight test campaign

Dassault Aviation’s nEUROn has completed its fifth flight test campaign, continuing to support the development of the Système de Combat Aérien du Futur (SCAF/Future Combat Air System, or FCAS).

USAF initiates Grey Wolf testing

The US Air Force (USAF) has officially started testing its newest helicopter, the MH-139A Grey Wolf, after it completed its first combined test flight.

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Commercial

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Chinese 737 and A320 competitor nearly ready

China’s answer to the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, the COMAC C919, is edging ever closer to certification

A look back at 2021: Smart shopping

Airport retail has been hit hard by COVID-19, but retail operators are fighting back, armed with everything from bots to virtual reality, as Tara Craig reports

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Which airlines use Russia’s version of the 757?

Russia’s answer to the Boeing 757 – the Tupolev Tu-204 – didn’t achieve quite the same commercial success as its American counterpart. Key.Aero investigates which carriers are still using it

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Historic

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IN FROM THE COLD

WORKSHOPOne of the most remarkable vintage aeroplane restorations...

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The Marvellous Moynet Jupiter

Fighter and test pilot, member of parliament, government minister, racing driver… André Moynet was a man of many talents. No wonder that when he came up with a light executive aircraft, it was decidedly out-of-the ordinary. Thanks to an outstanding restoration effort, one of the two flying examples is now back in the air...

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GEORGE NEAL: THE ‘CHIPPIE’ MASTER

DATAFILE Born in 1918, George Arthur Neal got himself...

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Flight Simulation

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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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Challenging Airports - Innsbruck (LOWI)

Stretching across eight countries, the Alps are home to many of our past (and future) Challenging Airports features.

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