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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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Wright Flyer featured at new museum exhibition

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is set to unveil a new exhibition showcasing the achievements of the pioneering Wright brothers.

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Atomic Allies: The origins of UK-US nuclear target co-operation

Had nuclear war broken out in Europe prior to 1958, it’s possible US Air Force Strategic Air Command and RAF Bomber Command might have ended up attacking the same Soviet targets with their atomic weapons. Then, sensibly, a new era of co-operation was ushered in. Ben Dunnell examines the origins of this partnership.

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A complete guide to USAFE's role in the Cold War

William Noble looks back on the role played by the USAFE during the first Cold War which officially lasted from 1947 until 1991.

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SNAPSHOT: Top flight football - Scoring some of the highlights

With Rangers and Liverpool football clubs securing spots in the Europa League and Champions league finals, respectively, a host of airliners was drafted in to transport hopeful Glaswegians and Liverpudlians to Seville and Paris to watch their teams in action. While neither team returned home with the silverware, Airliner World contributors were present at their home airports to document an influx of flights carrying fans

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Gaining insight from Indian-based Vistara's chief executive

As one of India’s most dynamic airlines, Vistara has captured the attention of domestic and international travellers alike. Tom Batchelor met chief executive Vinod Kannan to discuss the carrier’s growth strategy

Air Greenland halts ticket sales in July

Air Greenland has stopped the sale of airline tickets in July.

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Upgraded E-6B Mercury visits Europe for the first time

June marked the first deployment of a Block I standard E-6B Mercury to Europe, as it arrived at RAF Mildenhall in the UK. AFM details what new changes this update has brought to the E-6B fleet, as the US Navy prepares for the Block II upgrade

US Navy demos new mine countermeasure prototype on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The US Navy has recently demonstrated new mine countermeasure prototype technology aboard a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Eglin AFB in Florida

US Navy Super Hornet blown off carrier

On July 10, the US Navy announced that one of its Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets blew overboard whilst embarked on the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) aircraft carrier

New owner sought for two-seat Mustang

North American TF-51 Mustang 44-63865 Tempus Fugit has been listed for sale in South Carolina.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 101

Welcome to the 101st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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“I never saw myself as an airline guy” – Interview with Norse CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen

In the first part of an exclusive Key Aero series, we hear from the man hoping to crack the low-cost transatlantic market

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Letters home reveal US Navy pilot's First World War exploits in the UK

It must have been quite a culture shock for US Navy pilot Benjamin Lee 2nd, moving from his homeland to first rural Cornwall and then the Humber estuary as part of his service’s contribution to the First World War’s fight against German U-boats. This talented aviator’s letters home paint a picture of life at these two outposts

A flight of four F-105Ds from the Bitburg-based 36th Tactical Fighter Wing in loose formation. JOHN DEBROCK Feature Premium

Nuclear F-105 Thunderchiefs in Europe

Best-remembered for its performance as a conventional fighter-bomber during the war in South-east Asia, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, or ‘Thud’, was originally designed with one primary mission in mind: to deliver a tactical nuclear weapon. For that purpose, it served on the front line of the Cold War with USAFE

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Onboard a B-52 during NATO fighter interceptions

Aviation journalist Malcolm English recalls the privilege of flying with a Stratofortress crew during NATO fighter interceptions in November 1980.

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The fascinating history of the 1930s-built Spartan Cruiser

Aircraft manufacturing on the Isle of Wight began long before the Britten-Norman Islander took to the air. Pete London shines a light on one of the island’s most successful but little-known early products

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The rise and fall of Swissair

Two decades on from the alpine airline giant’s collapse, Keith Otto profiles the history of a European heavyweight once considered to be as reliable as a Swiss watch and as financially stable as a Swiss bank

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Mosquito strikes in Norwegian waters

Graham Pitchfork describes the attacks of RAF Coastal Command Mosquitos in Norwegian waters during World War Two 

The American Airliner 1945-1965

Key Publishing’s Aviation Archive 64 chronicles the story of the American airliner between 1945 and 1965.

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San Bernardino: From former military base to thriving airport

Tom Batchelor travels to southern California to learn more about a remarkable turnaround taking place in San Bernardino

The ultimate Ryanair quiz!

Love them or loathe them, the Ryanair Group has transformed the European aviation market over the last three decades. Why not test your knowledge of one of the world’s biggest low-cost carriers in this special Ryanair-themed quiz?

Behind the Scenes of Top Gun: Maverick – Filming the aerial sequences

Some of the cast and crew from Top Gun: Maverick describe how the stunning flying scenes were captured on film

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The intense aerial attacks that sunk Hitler's battleship Tirpitz

Graham Pitchfork describes the intense efforts to neutralise the threat of the battleship Tirpitz

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Aviation News August 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Final Ohio ANG C-130H departs

Operations with the C-130H Hercules by the US Air Force/Ohio Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 179th Airlift Wing/164th Airlift Squadron at Mansfield Lahm ANGB, Ohio, have finally drawn to a close

 

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