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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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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

It's that time of the week again!

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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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Air Caraïbes: A Caribbean success story

Only a few years after being founded Air Caraïbes started to focus on intercontinental routes while still operating regional services. Jozef Mols discovers how this carrier has flourished serving the French territories in the Caribbean

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Embraer’s stylish Praetors

Embraer entered the market for midsize business jets in 2007 with two Legacy models. Now, as Rod Simpson reports, the improved Praetor versions are also proving popular with customers

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KLM's Dutch Queens of the Sky

As with many operators, KLM’s passenger Boeing 747s have become casualties of COVID-19 and were permanently withdrawn in October 2020 only leaving some freighters in the airline’s colours. Lee Cross looks at almost 50 years of service of the iconic jets in the KLM fleet

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PC Pilot Issue 133

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AirForces Monthly May 2021

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NATO receives fourth A330 MRTT

A fourth Airbus A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has joined the NATO Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)

JetBlue reveals plans to ‘reinvent’ economy on London routes

After unveiling its premium product earlier this year, the New York-based carrier has turned its attention to its economy offering

Friedrichshafen for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Friedrichshafen for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Corsair Takes Flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

MilViz has announced the FG-1D Corsair for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

JAL reveals fate of PW4000-powered Boeing 777s

The flag carrier grounded the widebody in February following two engine failures involving the powerplant

Joint British-Qatari Hawk squadron to be based at RAF Leeming

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and his Qatari counterpart, Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, have announced an expansion of the relationship between each nation’s air forces

 

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