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Historic

Mustang unveiled in new colours at Sywell

Formerly flying in Australia, a CAC-built Mustang has now been repainted and will operate in British skies

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The troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver details the troublesome development of the Hawker Tempest – the last piston engine fighter to carry Royal Air Force colours

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The challenge to replace the Spitfire and Hurricane: Supermarine twin fighters

When the time came to replace both the Hurricane and Spitfire, the Air Ministry had a very hard act to follow...

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Hendon's Lancaster - 137 combat sortie veteran

Avro Lancaster ‘S-for-Sugar’ carried out an incredible 137 combat sorties during World War Two and proudly thumbed its nose at Hermann Göring. Andrew Simpson and Nigel Price profile this Bomber Command veteran...

Hawker Typhoon rebuild recommences

After a two year hiatus, work has recommenced to return Hawker Typhoon RB396 to the skies

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Military

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Swiss Air Force Yorknite 2024 deployment dates

The Swiss Air Force has confirmed to Key.Aero the dates of its annual night flying Yorknite deployment to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

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Red Arrows gear up for 60th anniversary season

The iconic aerobatic display team have returned to nine jets for the landmark season

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AIR International March 2024

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Commercial

All change at Abha Airport

​The Saudi Arabian government plans to expand Abha International airport. Investors and airport operating companies have been invited to bid for concessions to the country’s airport operator, Matarat, to develop and run the facility for 30 years.

Capacity increase for MC-21

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency has approved an increase in capacity for the Yakolev MC-21, Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced. The new ruling, granted by Rosaviatsia on December 26, will see the permitted number of passengers rise from 175 to 211.

New owners for Edinburgh airport?

Scotland's Busiest airport – Edinburgh, could soon be under new ownership after New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) hired HSBC and JP Morgan banks to run an auction for its sale.

ULTIMATE MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11 QUIZ!

This week marked the 34th anniversary of the maiden flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The trijet was launched in 1986 after commitments for 52 firm orders plus 40 options on three variants. So, let’s test your knowledge of the iconic airliner!

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AIR International February 2024

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Flight Simulation

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Hype Performance Group’s H160 review

In this review, we take a detailed look at the H160 helicopter from Hype Performance Group.

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A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 5

This time, we trace the advances in hardware development at the start of the millennium and look at how 3D graphics cards furthered the evolution of combat flight sims. We also discuss how the dawn of online multiplayer gaming took combat flight simulation to the next level.

Carlisle Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer UK2000 has released Carlisle Airport EGNC for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".