Key Aero

Your aviation destination

Ukraine Russia Conflict

The combined experts of AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft Journal and Key.Aero offer analysis on NATO and Ukrainian aircraft movements; Russian and Ukrainian air defences and ongoing operations in the region.

Read the latest

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 restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

Trending Topics

Antonov An-225  de Havilland Venom  Dassault Rafale  F-111 Aardvark  Concorde

QUIZ: Virgin Atlantic special!

While it isn’t the biggest airline around, Virgin Atlantic certainly boasts plenty of character and has a fascinating history. This week we’re putting your knowledge of this quirky British carrier to the test – good luck!

Feature Premium

How the ‘Duxford Eagles’ learned to love the Mustang

In late 1944, the men of the Duxford-based 78th Fighter Group faced a new challenge. Since 1943 they had run the gauntlet of German fighters and anti-aircraft fire in that tremendously dependable platform, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Now the ‘Duxford Eagles’ were converting to the P-51 Mustang — and some of them weren’t best pleased. With extracts from unit records, this is the story of the 78th’s transition

Feature Premium

FlyPast July 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

BBMF Spitfire comes off runway during landing

A Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) came off the runway while landing at Coningsby on May 11.

"" Feature Premium

New Zealand Bristol 170 Freighters Excel

An article in the January 12, 1967 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ looked at the expanding workload of New Zealand’s Straits Air Freight Express (SAFE) and its growing fleet of Bristol 170 freighters

USMC legacy Hornet flies with Raytheon's new APG-79(V)4 AESA radar

Raytheon Intelligence and Space announced on May 10 that a pre-production version of the company’s APG-79(V)4 AESA radar had successfully completed its first flight on a USMC-operated legacy Hornet

New Balkan Destination from Orbx

Scenery developer, Orbx has announced LYPG Podgorica Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Which widebodies has Lufthansa Group bought?

The Lufthansa Group has recently purchased several widebodies, comprising a mix of passenger and freighter examples. Find out how many, specific current/next-generation types involved, intended delivery timeframes, and more, on Key.Aero – not to be missed, read now!

Feature Premium

The Italian poet-pilot and his propaganda raid

A controversial figure in Italian history, Gabriele D'Annunzio was part of the tradition of the soldier-poet. It was in the air that D’Annunzio fought, and among his exploits was a propaganda raid against Vienna that goes down as one of the First World War’s most daring flying feats

Feature Premium

What changes are being made to US Navy adversary air squadrons?

Air Forces Monthly reports on the developments taking place within the US Navy adversary squadrons

Feature Premium

Going MAD: Inside the airborne nuclear forces of NATO and Russia

With the threat of nuclear weapons possibly being used in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Air Forces Monthly looks at the Russian and NATO aerial components that would be involved in such a scenario

Feature Premium

Geneva Airport's grand plans

Once a quirky hodgepodge of terminal design, the Swiss facility is currently undergoing transformative works, as Matteo Legnani reports

Worcester Regional Airport for MSFS Released

MXI Design has announced Worcester Regional Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

News Premium

Schiebel says reports on S-100 use by Russian military are incorrect

Rotary uncrewed aircraft systems manufacturer Schiebel has moved to refute suggestions one of its S-100 platforms, operated by Russian forces, was shot down by the Ukrainian military in mid-April

RAF EOD memorial unveiled at Newark Air Museum

On Sunday May 1, a new Royal Air Force (RAF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) memorial was dedicated in the Memorial Garden at the Newark Air Museum.

News Premium

ITA Airways accepts first Airbus A350

Italian flag carrier ITA Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900.

Developing: A319 skids off runway and catches fire

Authorities in China have launched an investigation after a Tibet Airlines Airbus A319 left the runway and caught fire this morning (May 12).

Feature Premium

Why did Germany launch the Blitz?

Think of the Blitz, and the Luftwaffe’s heavy, sustained bombardment of British cities and industrial objectives that began in September 1940 springs to mind first. But that was just part of Germany’s series of bombing offensives against the British Isles, right up to the V1 and V2 campaigns. What were the strategic objectives underpinning them, and how effective did they prove?

Feature Freemium

Onboard world's longest scheduled A220 flight with airBaltic

The Airbus A220 is a hugely versatile regional aircraft that’s also well suited to longer sectors. Andreas Spaeth discusses its quirks with airBaltic’s chief pilot as they fly from Riga to Tenerife

Historic Aviation Video Quiz

Test your knowledge of historic aviation with Key.Aero's special video quiz!

Hopes grow for permanent Spitfire tribute

A fundraising drive to create a National Spitfire Monument at Southampton, close to the legendary fighter’s spiritual home, has been launched.

News Premium

Canada's CC-295 programme suffers as IOC delayed by up to four years

The initial operational capability date for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s growing fleet of new Airbus CC-295 Kingfisher fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft has been delayed from this summer to the 2025-2026 timeframe

Draken Europe's L-159E ALCAs en route to Teesside

Just over a month after the announcement of Draken Europe’s three-year £100m interim contract providing red air ‘aggressor’ training to the RAF on April 8, two of the eight Aero Vodochody L-159E ALCA are expected to touch down today at Draken’s facility, Teesside International Airport in Northern England

Ten Maryland ANG A-10Cs deploy to Europe

Ten US Air Force (USAF)-operated Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support/attack aircraft belonging to the Maryland Air National Guard arrived at Keflavik, Iceland, on May 5, before moving deeper into Europe.

Israel to Turkey flight aborted as passengers receive crashed aircraft images

A Turkish AnadoluJet Boeing 737 take-off from Israel was aborted after passengers received disturbing crashed aircraft pictures on their mobile phones

 

Latest Issues from our leading aviation publications

Premium Key Aero subscribers get access to read all our magazines online as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.

 

What are you Passionate About?

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Global Airport Leaders' Forum 2022

to

, United Arab Emirates

Held in conjunction with the world's largest annual airport exhibition Airport Show, the Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) has a 3-day agenda and assembles the foremost aviation policy, business and technology leaders from around the world in an effort to address their needs and provide them with a platform on which they can engage, exchange knowledge, share best practices, forge partnerships and discuss issues of common interest.

Shuttleworth Fly Navy Air Show

to

Biggleswade, United Kingdom

After a few years off the calendar, the Fly Navy air show returns to the skies above Old Warden Aerodrome with a blend of the best piston and rotary-wing examples of naval aircraft.

European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2022

to

Geneva, Switzerland

EBACE2022 is the place to experience new and future-forward aviation technologies including everything from high-tech small aircraft through ultra-modern intercontinental jets, advanced air mobility and eVTOL aircraft, state-of-the-art avionics; and much more from all of the top aircraft manufacturers.

Shuttleworth Evening Drive-in Air Show

to

Biggleswade, United Kingdom

A relaxing evening at Shuttleworth awaits for the July evening drive-in air show, celebrating the 90th birthday of Old Warden Aerodrome