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UK orders first three Protectors

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to build its first three Protector RG1 unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) for the Royal Air Force.

Lockheed Model 18 for X-Plane

Aircraft developer, oliXsim has released the Lockheed Lodestar Model 18 for X-Plane 11.

Cockpits Through the Ages

The design of a cockpit has changed dramatically over the years. As technology has improved, dials with needles have been replaced with an increasing amount of glass. Take a look at this selection of photos which really show the leaps that have been made.

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Aircraft Report: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed's iconic SR-71A could cruise on the edge of space and outpace incoming missiles. Even now, over 20 years after being retired from service, no manned aircraft has ever flown higher or faster.

The World's Smallest Air Forces

Using AirForces Intelligence data, Key.Aero rounds up ten of the smallest air forces in the world and provides a brief overview on what is currently planned for them.

How Old Are the World's Airlines?

Here's how long some of the best-known airlines have been around - and there are few surprises.

USAF orders first F-15EX batch in $1.2bn deal

Boeing has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for its first lot of eight F-15EX multi-role fighters, in a deal worth roughly US$1.2bn.

How to Start an Airline

For those passionate about aviation, running an airline could be the perfect career choice. The only problem is that few businesses have as many variables and challenges as airlines, so starting one is incredibly difficult and making it profitable in the long run, is much harder.

Italian Predator Bs pass flight milestone in Kuwait

Italian Air Force MQ-9A Predator B unmanned aerial systems (UAS), currently deployed at the Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait, have passed 10,000 flight hours in support of military operations in the region.

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Aircraft Report: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

For 25 years, this incredible military transport aircraft has been vital for the US Air Force, among others. Watch our video about it…

Jordanian UH-60M purchase gets US approval

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a single Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter and related equipment to Jordan.

When the RAF Vampire became a record-breaker

On July 14 1948, six Vampires overcame 150mph headwinds, Icelandic sea fog and the US Air Force to set a new standard for jet aircraft. Chris Croot recalls the story…

RAF modifies pilot training for Reaper, Protector

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has unveiled a new, improved personnel training pathway for unmanned aerial system (UAS) pilots ahead of the arrival of its new Protector RG1 platform.

Five Commercial Aircraft That Never Were

The development of a commercial aircraft is an incredibly difficult, expensive and long process. Because of this, not all designs make it into production. Here’s five examples of aircraft that never made it into commercial service.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date Announced

Asobo Studios has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator is set for Launch on August 18 for PC and with Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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Celebrating the 747: BA Captain on Flying the Jumbo

There are very few aircraft that have an identity that transcends the aviation industry quite like the Boeing 747. Thomas Haynes speaks to Paul Howard, a retired British Airways 747 Training Captain about what it was like to captain this special aircraft.

Aerion moves forward with green fuels for AS2

US-based supersonic aircraft manufacturer, Aerion, has teamed up with Carbon Engineering – a Direct Air Capture (DAC) specialist – to develop solutions that will lead to carbon-neutral supersonic air travel.

Tivat for Prepar3D v5 Released

Digital Design has released Tivat for Prepar3D v5.

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Aircraft Pit Stop

They are among the most critical components on any aircraft...

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Farewell to the Mad Dog

With a global pandemic and resulting economic collapse raging across the world...

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Aeroplane August 2020

Welcome to Aeroplane August 2020

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VICTORY 75: ‘Wowser’ Factor

Seventy-five years ago, Italy was the scene of the most extensive and most effective close air support operation in
history...

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AIRLINE HISTORY: 'BROTHER, IT’S JUST SWELL'

That was an American passenger’s reaction to a very British aircraft...

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Dublin to Beijing… Five Times Daily

Over the course of a week in mid-March, the Aer Lingus team prepared to step into the unknown...

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Monarch Airlines: Sun and Reign

Much missed by enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike, Monarch was...

 

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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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The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

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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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The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!