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Taiwan's final F-16A Block 20 begins Viper conversion

The ROCAF’s last Lockheed Martin F-16A Block 20 Fighting Falcon recently arrived at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation’s Shalu facility at Taichung International Airport in central Taiwan for its mid-life upgrade and conversion to the latest, most advanced variant of the Fighting Falcon family: the F-16V

New Zealand bids farewell to P-3K2 Orion fleet

On January 24, three Lockheed P-3K2 Orions departed Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenaupai for a formation flight over the country's North Island to bid farewell to the type after more than 55 years of service

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Exercise Volfa 2022: Inside one of France’s largest ever combat air drills

Nine air powers gathered for the French Air and Space Force-hosted Exercise Volfa 2022. AirForces Monthly reports on the high intensity operations that were carried out during the latest edition of the event

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Air Force One: The Flying Fortress

It is possibly the world’s most famous plane, but little is known about it. A new documentary with rare access to the inner workings of Air Force One changes that. Tom Batchelor spoke to professional pilot and filmmaker Scott Bateman to learn more

Jordanian F-16 Block 70 acquisition gets green light

In a bid to modernise its ageing fleet of fixed-wing combat aircraft, representatives from the Royal Jordanian Air Force Command have inked a deal to buy at least 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcons from the US

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Commercial

The Ultimate NOTAM Quiz! (Part One)

With space often tight and time at a premium, a series of abbreviations are used within NOTAMs to disseminate information efficiently. This week on the Key.Aero commercial aviation quiz, we’re putting your knowledge of some of these official ‘contractions’ to the test. Good luck!

BREAKING: Flybe collapses

British regional carrier cancels its flying programme and grounds its aircraft

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How drones are being used to save lives in disaster zones

Tom Batchelor looks at how drones are fast becoming a key part of the disaster toolkit, from delivering medication to providing invaluable data

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Historic

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BBMF Hurricane and PA-28 seconds away from mid-air collision

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Hawker Hurricane was seconds away from a head-on mid-air collision, the latest report from the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has revealed.

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Aeroplane meets... Andrew Panton

When Fred and Harold Panton sought to honour their brother, killed while serving with Bomber Command, their ambitions were limited. But from that came the acquisition of Lancaster NX611, the establishment of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, and one of the greatest stories of British aircraft preservation. Fred’s grandson Andrew now has this considerable legacy in his hands

Historic Aviation Quiz: US F-104 Edition

With January 28, 2023 marking the 65th anniversary of the first production Lockheed F-104A Starfighter being delivered to the United States Air Force (USAF), we dedicate this week’s Historic Aviation Quiz to Lockheed’s ‘missile with a man in it’…

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Flight Simulation

Orbx releases Launceston Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Developed by Ken Hall, YMLT Launceston Airport was designed using hundreds of on-site photographs to create realistic textures with Physically Based Rendering effects throughout.

Swansea Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer, Pilot Plus has released EGFH Swansea Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Scheibe SF-25C Falke takes flight in X-Plane 12

VSKYLABS has announced the Scheibe SF-25C Falke has been upgraded to version 5, adding X-Plane 12 compatibility.

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