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HIDDEN HISTORY: Neptunes in Africa

HIDDEN HISTORY Neptunes in AfricaWhen the Portuguese Air Force...

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ILYUSHIN IL-62: THE INTERFLUG FLAGSHIP

To celebrate the release of Sebastian Schmitz’s new book chronicling the history of the East German carrier...

BA reveals special send-off for final Heathrow 747s

The flag carrier has scheduled an exciting farewell for its final two London/Heathrow-based Boeing 747s as they leave the hub for the last time tomorrow

Germany cancels search for CH-53G replacement

On September 29, Germany announced that it had cancelled its search for a new heavy-lift transport helicopter to replace the air force’s ageing Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion fleet

Philippines eye surplus South Korean helicopter purchase

The Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) announced on October 2 that it intends to acquire surplus Bell UH-1H Iroquois and MD Helicopters (MDHI) MD500 helicopters from South Korea

A-10C II Tank Killer has Arrived

Eagle Dynamics has announced the Open Beta version of DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer is now airborne.

Bangladesh takes delivery of third ex-RAF C-130J

Delivery of the third ex-Royal Air Force (RAF) Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules C5 to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was completed on September 17, when it arrived at Bangabandhu air base in Bangladesh

Airlines to burn through $300,000 per minute in 2020, says IATA

The global industry body warned that the airline sector will burn through billions in cash in the second half of this year, despite a restart in operations

The world’s oldest airline turns 101

As KLM continues its journey into its second century of operations, Key Aero takes a decade by decade look at the Dutch flag carrier's key milestones

The L-4 Grasshopper that fired bazookas

When one American spotter pilot decided that a small thing like a lack of ammunition wouldn’t hold him back, the German army could only look on in disbelief

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Panavia Tornado: The Final Operators

Following its high-profile retirement from Royal Air Force service in March 2019, the number of Panavia Tornado operators has dropped to three nations. Key.Aero explores the remaining users of the type

A2A Simulations Touches Down at OrbxDirect

Orbx and A2A Simulations have entered into a partnership agreement, enabling customers to purchase A2A products via OrbxDirect.

UJS Fairchild PT-19 Released

Uncle Jack Simulations and X-Aviation have announced the Fairchild PT-19 for X-Plane 11 is out.

Eastern Airways reveals new codeshare partner

The UK regional carrier announces an agreement that focuses on its base at Southampton Airport

Spectre arrives for Irish Air Corps

Three Pilatus PC-12NG Spectre aircraft purchased for the Irish Air Corps (IAC) for more than €43m flew into Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, Ireland, on September 10, to replace five Cessna FR172H Skyhawks

DC Designs Concorde Released

Just Flight has announced Concorde for FSX and Prepar3D is now available.

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World War II’s rocket-powered fighter jet

A wonder in principle… a flop in practice: Key.Aero remembers the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, a 700mph single-seater that was ahead of its time

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The ultimate guide to aircraft variants

From ‘neo’ to ‘XLR’, ‘LR’ to ‘ER’ and everything in between, it can be hard to keep track of what all the different airliner models are and what their identifiers mean. Key Aero examines the production lists to help you navigate this confusing conundrum

New Spitfire documentary is must-watch TV!

Have you been watching ‘Inside the Spitfire Factory’? The second episode airs at 9pm, Monday October 5 on More4 – don’t miss it!

Boeing selects APG-82(V)1 AESA radar for F-15EX

Raytheon Intelligence and Space announced on October 1 that Boeing has selected its APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for use aboard the F-15EX multi-role fighter

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 11

Welcome to the 11th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

UK’s first Protector RPAS takes flight

On September 25, the first Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) took to the skies for its maiden flight in the US

Why the US government fined Emirates $400,000

Following an investigation, the Department for Transportation punishes the Dubai-based carrier for an infringement

Airline alliances you've never heard of

With the three main partnerships accounting for just over half of the global annual passenger traffic, it’s easy to forget that other options exist. Key Aero examines the lesser-known alliances that live in the shadow of ‘the big three’

Four more Super Tucanos arrive in Afghanistan

An additional four Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos were handed over to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a ceremony in Kabul on September 17

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