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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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Waterbird replica flies from Windermere

Eight years after construction began at Wickenby, Lincolnshire, a replica of the 1911 Lakes Waterbird seaplane made its maiden flight from Windermere on 13 June with well-known display and test pilot Pete Kynsey at the controls.

The two VC10s on the final air-to-air refuelling mission perform a flypast at their home base of RAF Brize Norton.  Mark Kwiatkowski Feature Premium

Last days of the VC10

After 47 years of service the RAF retired the Vickers/BAC VC10 from service, as reported in the November 2013 issue of Aviation News

UK ‘swats’ Project Mosquito ahead of planned first flight

The UK MOD has revealed that Project Mosquito – a future uncrewed combat aircraft technology demonstration – will “not proceed beyond the design phase”, following a ‘detailed review' of the technical demonstrator by the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)

Vought F7U-3 Cutlass to undergo major restoration

Vought F7U-3 Cutlass 129685 is to be the subject of a major restoration project at the Military Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum at Akron Canton Regional Airport, Ohio.

G-ASGD was one of 17 Vickers Type 1151 Super VC10s built for BOAC.  It became a British Airways jet in 1974, when BOAC and British European Airways merged to form the new national carrier.  AirTeamImages.com/Wolfgang Mendorf Feature Premium

Why the VC10 was loved by passengers and crew

Endowed with levels of performance in some respects still unmatched, the VC10 was loved by pilots and passengers alike, as Bruce Hales-Dutton explained in the August 2013 issue of Aviation News

The Ultimate Rolls-Royce Quiz

A meeting at the Midland Hotel in Manchester 116 years ago led to the creation of one of the world's biggest aero engine manufacturers, but how much do you know about Rolls-Royce?

313 Squadron is reborn as first RNLAF F-35As arrive at Volkel Air Base

The first four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at Volkel Air Base (AB) in the south of the Netherlands on June 30.

India’s DRDO flies Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of its Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator on July 1. The sortie took place from the Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga, Karnataka

Hawker Hurricane IIc LF363, pictured during the mid-1980s, when it was wearing the distinctive 85 Squadron all-black night-fighter colours and markings. Key Collection Feature Premium

How a crashed BBMF Hurricane was rebuilt

In the January 1996 issue of ‘FlyPast’ Robert Rudhall provided an overview of the meticulous work being done by Historic Flying Ltd to get BBMF Hurricane LF363 back in the air after a crash

Luxair reveals stunning special new livery

The flag carrier of Luxembourg has applied a stunning special livery to one of its Boeing 737s as part of 60th anniversary celebrations for Luxair.

The ultimate Vickers VC10 quiz

How well do you know the Vickers VC10? Test your knowledge with this quiz!

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French Army Piper flies again in new colours

Piper L-18C D-ENLM has been rebuilt by its owners, Flying Club Lechfeld in Germany, following a landing mishap in 2019. 

The aircraft that performed the final flights in one of its earlier guises with BOAC.  (Jacques Guillem Collection) Feature Premium

Flying aboard a British Airways VC10

To mark the 30th anniversary of retirement from British Airways’ service, in 'Airliner World's' March 2011 issue Tom Allett provided a personal memory of one of the type’s last charter flights

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US Navy EA-18G Growlers providing electronic support on NATO’s Eastern flank

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the US Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ – its current role of providing electronic support on NATO’s Eastern flank in the face of Russian aggression as well as its notable achievements since being formed in 1969

British Airways owner adds A320neos

The deal takes IAG’s A320neo order tally to 22 in 2022

USAF E-4B to make appearance at RIAT

Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) have revealed a ‘big’ addition to the aircraft line-up for this year's show in the shape of a US Air Force E-4B Nightwatch.

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Bristol Bulldog replica airborne in Oregon after 24-year build

Ed Storo took his Bristol Bulldog replica up for a successful maiden flight on June 28 at Independence State Airport, Oregon, 24 years after construction began.

Saab receives order for two GlobalEyes from Sweden

Saab signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on June 30 for the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

Super VC10 G-ASGP comes in to land at Heathrow Airport in July 1978.  BOAC received 17 Super VC10s and 12 standard variants.  AirTeamImages.com/Carl Ford Feature Premium

BOAC and British Airways VC10s

Stephen Skinner profiles the VC10 in service with BOAC and British Airways.

Swedish Caravelle on the move

Sud Aviation Caravelle SE-DAF, formerly part of the Arlanda Aviation Collection in Sweden, has been donated to Turku Airport in Finland, where it will be displayed in a Finnair livery.

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Keeping Europe's last airworthy B-17 Sally B in the air

Sally B has been delighting crowds for over four decades, Chris Gilson learns what keeps her in the air

A VC10 C1(K) refuelling a Storm Shadow-armed Tornado GR4.  Key Collection Feature Premium

Tanking and Transport, the VC10 Way

In a career that stretched almost 50 years, the RAF’s VC10s supported the UK’s military around the world between 1967 and 2013. Paul E Eden reviews the type’s service.

BREAKING: More US F-35 squadrons for UK

US President Joe Biden revealed a range of measures to bolster US forces in Europe in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Final two CH-47Fs delivered to Australia

A USAF-operated C-5M Super Galaxy has delivered the final two of an additional four CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army

Bergamo Airport v2 Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Bergamo V2 XP for X-Plane 11 is out now. Developed by Tailstrike Designs and Windsock Simulations, the package is a ground-up rebuild of the original airport released in 2019.

 

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