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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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How I learned to fly, RAF-style

Any pilot will tell you that the process of learning never stops. For many an air force recruit, those days began at the RAF College Cranwell, just as they did in the 1950s for this then-new trainee, taking him right the way through from Tiger Moth to Vampire

PMDG 737-600 Touches Down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

PMDG has announced the 737-600 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Ethiopian Airlines’ A350-1000 order: What we know

Following a recent announcement that Ethiopian Airlines is set to become Africa’s maiden Airbus A350-1000 operator, we look closely at some of the all-important details released so far…

Nigeria to receive six T129 ATAK helicopters from TUSAŞ

Turkish Aerospace Industries has confirmed it will supply six T129 ATAK attack helicopters to Nigeria under a recently signed contract

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 104

Welcome to the 104th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Inside France's small but mighty force in Djibouti

In an area as turbulent as it is strategic, Djibouti arouses the interest of many countries, sometimes with antagonistic interests. As the former colonial power, France boasts a small, but mighty force in the African nation, reports Frédéric Lert

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Inside the first days of the Iran-Iraq War

In this extract from his new book, Flashpoints, Michael Napier outlines the first nine days of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war

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How GE's proposed XA100 engine will revolutionise the F-35

Alan Warnes speaks with GE’s David Tweedie about the XA100 adaptive cycle engine that is set to revolutionise fifth-generation F-35A/C Lightning II fighters

QUIZ: Freighter giants

Better freight than never... This week's quiz missed its slot, unfortunately, but it's now ready and waiting for you to test your knowledge of all things cargo

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The fascinating story of Rolls-Royce’s Universal Power Plant

Concluding his examination of Hucknall’s Flight Test Establishment, Nigel Gibson opens his father Colin’s scrapbooks and photo albums to reveal the intriguing tale of Rolls-Royce’s Universal Power Plant

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How Alaska became a fifth-gen fighter hotspot

Alaska now boasts the highest concentration of fifth-generation fighters anywhere in the world. Rich Cooper reports on how the US protects the most strategic place on Earth. Frank Crebas took the stunning imagery

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Airliner World September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Avro Lancaster Cutaway Poster

Download and view Aeroplane's Lancaster cutaway poster

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Taiwan’s air defence network and China’s efforts to suppress it

David Axe reports on Taiwan’s air defence network and China’s efforts to suppress it

Philippines seeks replacement for S-211 jet trainer fleet

The Philippine Air Force is actively researching replacement options for its ageing fleet of SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers, which entered operational service with the Asian air arm in 1989

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Inside Bristow's 1960s North Sea oil rig helicopter service

From the February 16, 1967 issue of Aeroplane, Raymond Hankin describes Bristow Helicopters’ support service for rigs drilling off the east coast of the UK for oil and natural gas

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Why NASA’s $1bn 747 SOFIA flying observatory is being axed after just 8 years

It’s no ordinary jumbo, but despite its unique capability of providing a window to the cosmos and beyond, NASA will shortly retire its unique Boeing 747 SOFIA flying observatory. Mark Broadbent reports

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Flying the flag: Percival’s Proctor

Well over 1,000 were built, but very few examples of Percival’s Proctor grace skies today. Darren Harbar talks to the current custodians of a classic British survivor

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ANALYSIS: How Black Hawk cockpits are entering the digital age

The use of digital cockpit technology in the US military’s UH-60 helicopter has modernised a legacy platform and served as a test case for future rotary platform systems

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your historic aviation knowledge in this instalment of the weekly quiz... it's fiendishly tricky!

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What happened to the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A?

Finding a new tanker for the USAF has never been an easy process. David Willis details the highs and lows of the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A in the KC-X programme

Filton museum to celebrate Britannia’s 70th

A cavalcade of vintage Bristol buses and Bristol cars will travel from the Aerospace Bristol museum to Cotswold Airport at Kemble, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday 16 August, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Bristol Britannia.

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Poland signs contract for KAI FA-50PL

Poland has signed a deal with South Korea to buy 48 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PL light combat jets.

Airbus A400M drops 20 tonnes of water in firefighting tests

Airbus Defence & Space announced on July 26 the success of test flight campaign in Spain with a removable firefighting kit onboard the A400M.

CONFIRMED: JetBlue wins battle to buy Spirit with $3.8bn deal

JetBlue Airways has reached a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines, hours after an alternative bid by Frontier Airlines was scrapped.

 

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