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US Navy Poseidon tests RFCM prototype

A US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) Boeing P-8A Poseidon has successfully completed an airworthiness test of a pod-mounted radio frequency countermeasure prototype at the NAWCAD Atlantic Test Ranges

Korean KF-16 undergoes upgrade testing at Edwards AFB

As part of the Korea F-16 Update Program, a Lockheed Martin KF-16D Block 52N Fighting Falcon from the Republic of Korea Air Force is being used as a trials aircraft at Edwards AFB in California

The operational history of Vulcan XH558

She turned out to be the gentle giant at the heart of the Cold War despite much more serious intentions. This is the story of XH558, one of Britain’s most loved and missed aircraft

The Vulcan and the V-Force

Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s Chief Engineer, Taff Stone, talks about XH558 and its role in Britain’s Cold War-era nuclear deterrent

The inside story of easyJet’s European expansion

After successfully launching flights linking Luton with Glasgow and Edinburgh in 1995, easyJet quickly began its expansion into Europe the following year. Tony Anderson, the firm’s first marketing director, reveals how it went about doing this

You’ll never guess the simple mistake that caused underpowered TUI 737 take-off

A case of ‘Miss' identification which caused a ‘serious incident’ at Birmingham Airport last year

KAI rolls out first KF-X prototype

Korea Aerospace Industries has rolled out the first prototype for its highly anticipated indigenously-developed multi-role fighter, which has been officially named the ‘KF-21 Boramae’ by the Republic of Korea Air Force

Successful SABER test paves way for EC-37B Compass Call upgrade

BAE Systems has successfully flight tested its Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources (SABER) technology

What easyJet’s founder Stelios was really like to work for

The Greek-Cypriot entrepreneur is almost as famous as the low-cost airline brand he created. Tony Anderson, the firm’s third employee, tells Key.Aero what he was like as a boss…

XQ-58A Valkyrie completes first payload release test

During the sixth flight test of the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, the US Air Force Research Laboratory successfully completed the first payload release from the UCAV’s internal weapons bay

OBITUARY: PRINCE PHILIP

Key.Aero pays tribute to the life, influence and military career of the Duke of Edinburgh

PC Pilot Issue 133 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the May/June 2021 issue.

Okavango Delta for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, Simworks Studios has released Africa - Okavango Delta for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Israel takes delivery of new ‘Oron’ ISR aircraft

The Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unit, No 122 ‘Nachshon’ Squadron, has accepted its first Gulfstream G550 'Oron' – the third variant of its GV/G550 Nachshon family

FlyPast Podcast Episode 16

In Episode 16 of the FlyPast Podcast, we chat to Jon Higgins and David Petters from the Vintage Pair Display Team about Chipmunks, legendary Spitfire pilot Charlie Brown, and getting back in the air after lockdown...

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Your guide to KAI's KF-X fighter ahead of its roll out

Key.Aero provides a detailed overview of Korea Aerospace Industries’ new multi-role fighter, the Korea Fighter eXperiment (KF-X), ahead of the roll out of the first prototype tomorrow (April 9)

AeroVironment to supply Puma 3 AE drones to NATO

US-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment of Simi Valley, California, has received four contracts from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for its Puma 3 tactical UAS

USAF officially names the F-15EX

The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) newest multi-role fighter and latest incarnation of the Boeing F-15 Eagle family, the F-15EX, will be officially known as the ‘Eagle II’ in operational service

How a Singapore A380 caused conflicts after missed approach

The giant aircraft caused quite a commotion while trying to land in Sydney last year

Contract awarded for Galaxy avionics upgrade

Key avionics upgrades to the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy strategic transport fleet are to be carried under a US$92.8m contract, which was recently awarded to the Tyonek Native Corporation

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Aviation News May 2021

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Historic Aviation Quiz

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Eielson's F-35As: A Sub-Zero Lightning Storm

With two squadrons now following an aggressive schedule to be combat ready by the end of this year, Eielson AFB in Alaska is proving that the F-35A Lightning II is perfectly suited to operations in Arctic conditions, as Key.Aero reports

Thailand retires L-39ZA/ART Albatros fleet

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has finally retired its long-serving Aero Vodochody L-39ZA/ART Albatros training/close air support (CAS) aircraft

The inside story of how easyJet took on British Airways

In what was truly a David versus Goliath fight, the fledgeling budget carrier managed to withstand everything thrown at it by the national airline. Key.Aero chats with Tony Anderson, the firm’s first marketing director, to find out how

 

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