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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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British aviation 1962-1972: consolidation and cancellation

In the second part of our series looking at the British aerospace industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, we examine the decade between 1962 and 1972

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Czech Miles Magister flies following restoration

Following a two-and-a-half-year restoration at Henstridge, Somerset by Kevin Crumplin, Miles M14A Magister N3827/G-CLHY received its permit to fly on May 13.

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Aviation News July 2022

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First of Embraer E190 pair goes Sky High

Expanding Sky High Aviation has become the sole E-Jet operator based in the Caribbean after taking delivery of its first Embraer E190 to double its passenger capacity.

Crowdfunding in Lithuania raises €5m to buy Bayraktars for Ukraine

In just three-and-a-half days, Lithuania has raised €5m ($5.4m) through a crowdfunding campaign among its citizens to help Ukraine buy more Baykar Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs for use against invading Russian forces

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Ten Maryland ANG A-10Cs complete deployment to Europe

Maryland A-10C Thunderbolt IIs have completed a multi-week deployment to various locations In Europe, ten aircraft completed the deployment visiting multiple locations in Eastern Europe

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British aviation 1952-1962: a golden era and dashed hopes

Our salute to Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee begins with a unique seven-part series, tracing the story of Britain’s aeronautical industry over the seven decades of her reign — decade-by-decade, warts and all, beginning with 1952-1962

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Restoration of first production Hunter completed, and it looks stunning

North Weald Heritage Aviation completed the eight-month restoration of Hawker Hunter F1 WT555 in mid-May.

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AFC pilot’s views of training in the Cotswolds during WW1

An album obtained by Kevin Goss contains an Australian Flying Corps pilot’s views of training in the Cotswolds during the latter stages of World War One

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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A behind the scenes view of US Navy Adversary Squadron: VFC-111 'Sundowners'

Combat Aircraft Journal visits the US Navy’s VFC-111 ‘Sun Downers’ at its Naval Air Station Key West home

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'I flew the Queen': behind the scenes with Royal Flight pilot

Safety, comfort, timing: those were the three key words when it came to flying members of the Royal Family. As a former Queen’s Flight pilot recalls, the responsibility brought with it some unique memories

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New monarch old aircraft: the Queen's Flight during its first two years

When Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952, the Queen’s Flight was a haven for outmoded equipment —a situation not destined to change in the new monarch’s first two years.

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Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review of the RAF in 1977

The Royal Air Force (RAF) pulled out all the stops to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — but the occasion is still best remembered for a sleepy cabinet minister

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The BAe 146's battle to fly the Queen

“It would be a pity to saddle the Royal Family with such a conveyance into the next century”, wrote one senior Ministry of Defence official of the BAe 146. How did it overcome such opposition, and become the last new aircraft ordered for the Queen’s Flight?

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What aircraft will fly in the Queen’s Jubilee flypast?

A highlight for many of Thursday's (June 2) Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be a mass military flypast over Buckingham Palace. Key.Aero rounds up the aircraft expected to take part

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Transavia Boeing 737 attempted take-off on Schiphol taxiway

Dutch air safety authorities have published a highly critical report into events leading to a jet attempting take-off from a taxiway at Schiphol Airport

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Nepal plane crash latest: 22 dead, no survivors

Emergency rescue teams in Nepal have retrieved the final body from the wreckage of a small passenger aircraft which crashed on Sunday

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UK should keep C-130Js Defence Committee told

The UK should retain the C-130J Hercules fleet, which is slated for retirement in 2023, according to evidence given recently to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

Royal Thai Navy receives first RQ-21A Blackjack UAV from the US

The US Navy formally handed over the first Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAS to the Royal Thai Navy during a ceremony at an undisclosed location in Thailand on May 24

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Combat veteran Spitfire fires up

Supermarine Spitfire FRXIVe RM927/G-SXIV was having its Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine tested at Sywell in mid-May, with a first flight expected soon thereafter.

Historic airframes moved to new homes in Spain

Douglas C-47A T.3-28/744-28 has been moved to a new base in Salamanca, Spain after 43 years on display at the Desguaces Montero scrapyard.

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'I moved to the US with $2500 and a Reno air racing dream': Thom Richard's incredible story

He left Sweden for the States as a 17-year-old, and literally fulfilled his dreams by flying air racers and warbirds

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REPORT: Outlining the operational readiness of Iran's air force

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the negative impact of Islamization on the operational readiness of the Iranian Air Force

 

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