Key Aero

Your aviation destination

Brought to you by the team at Key Publishing, Key.Aero is a must for all aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy world-class content from our leading aviation publications as well as exclusive insights covering all subjects from historic reports to military aircraft, commercial airline updates and flight simulation reviews.

We bring you high-quality, digital content written by passionate journalists all in one place so you can enjoy your passion to the fullest, wherever you are, whenever you want. Time to go explore!

Latest from Key.Aero

Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

Sikorsky delivers first Connecticut-built CH-53K to the USMC

The first CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter to be built at Sikorsky's facility in Stratford, Connecticut, has been delivered to the USMC

AviaAM delivers first converted 737-800

AviaAM Leasing has delivered its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to the lessee, Bluebird Nordic

New Embraer Turboprop Feature Premium

Inside Embraer's new turboprop project

Could the humble turboprop’s best years be yet to come? Gordon Smith sits down with Embraer’s Martyn Holmes and Rodrigo Silva e Souza to discuss one of the industry’s hottest topics

Feature Premium

Together in electric hybrid dreams

Working out of Imperial War Museum Duxford, Faradair is striving to bring its 18-seat hybrid aircraft concept to market. Now, as Paul E Eden discovers, a growing band of industry heavyweights are lending their support

Feature Premium

Aviation News November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Feature Premium

AirForces Monthly November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

USAF B-1B bombers conduct JTACs, ACE training over Europe

Currently deployed to the UK for Bomber Task Force-Europe 22-1, two USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers integrated with allied JTACs over Lithuania and hot-pit refuelled at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany before returning to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, on October 11

FIRST TIME IN BRITAIN. – On August 28 the first Convair-liner to be seen in this country arrived at Heathrow. It belongs to Trans-Australia Airlines, and was on delivery from San Diego, California to Melbourne. Feature Premium

Convair-liner 1948 UK debut

Heathrow Airport hosted the first visit to the UK of a CV-240 (which be the first of many variants of this family), with the event covered in the September 10, 1948 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

Feature Premium

Inside the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital MD-10

It’s a race against time for the teams performing sight-saving procedures in developing nations. Joe Copalman discovers how the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital has been operating in the pandemic

Feature Premium

The intriguing story of USAF's nuclear particle hunters

For three decades, Constant Phoenix has sampled the atmosphere for nuclear particles. As the USAF’s last WC-135W faces retirement, Bob Archer reviews what could be its final UK deployment

News Premium

Polish Air Force receives first Boeing 737 BBJ2

The first new Boeing 737-800 BBJ2 (tactical number 0111), named “Roman Dmowski” landed at Warsaw Chopin Airport on October 7 with Polish military pilots at the controls and was welcomed with a water salute

Danish F-16s clock busy first month of Baltic Air Policing operations

Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons have been extremely busy during the first month of a three-month Baltic Air Policing deployment in Lithuania

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 64

Welcome to the 64th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

UKCSG21 performs exercises with Singapore Defence

The UK Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) led by flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth conducted exercises with both the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy over the weekend, and will dock in Changi, Singapore, on October 11

USAF divests last of 17 B-1Bs as it prepares for B-21

US Air Force Global Strike Command has concluded the divesture of 17 Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic supersonic bombers as the final example departed Edwards AFB, California, for the ‘Boneyard’ at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, on September 23

Feature Premium

Behind the scenes of Britain's last airliner programme

The British Aerospace 146 took to the air on its maiden flight 40 years ago this September. Twenty years and 20 days later, the AVRO RJX100 made its first flight. Derek Ferguson recalls his time testing the quiet, diminutive quad-jet

Feature Premium

Making the Mad Dog

The Douglas DC-9 stole a march on the BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 737, but McDonnell Douglas had another trick up its sleeve, as Stephen Skinner discovers in the second half of our two-part feature

Quiz: North American Airlines

Can you identify these airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

News Premium

Overheating APU caused nearly US$3m of damage to USAF F-22

A new US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report has revealed that an overheating auxiliary power unit (APU) caused nearly US$3m of damage to an F-22A Raptor in a previously unreported incident at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on October 30, 2020

Palma De Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Just Flight has announced Palma de Mallorca (LEPA) Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

NATO JTACs train with allied fighters in the Baltic

Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from NATO’s Enhanced Presence (eFP) battle group ran drills with Força Aérea Portuguesa (FAP, Portuguese Air Force) Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons and Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) Eurofighter F-2000As from October 4-6

For the H.P. 80’s crescent wing an interesting development in the form of leading-edge flaps has been applied in order to improve lateral control at the stall. This view of the aircraft brings out the high mounted tailplane; the thin wing; and the generous intakes for the four Sapphires. Feature Premium

Revolutionary Victor design insights

The Handley Page H.P. 80, later to be named the Victor, had a new wing design which bestowed excellent performance. The virtues of this ground-breaking shape were explained by no less than Handley Page’s chief designer in the January 2, 1953 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

US Navy F/A-18E refuels RAF F-35Bs for the first time

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have conducted buddy-buddy air-to-air refuelling operations with a US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time

Feature Premium

IN PICTURES: Inside Exercise Northern Lightning 2021

We caught some of the action in Exercise Northern Lightning, held once again at Volk Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin from August 9-20

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Ellie Crook

What are you Passionate About?

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Dubai Airshow 2021

to

DUBAI AIRSHOW SITE, United Kingdom

Dubai Airshow 2021 is all set to be one of the most significant in-person aerospace events to take place this year and has already been marked as a must-attend by regional and global organisations keen to accelerate their speed of recovery.