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Top Aces flies its first ex-Israeli F-16A Netz

Top Aces, the advanced military adversary training provider, has flown the first of its newly-acquired fleet of former-Israeli Air Force F-16A/B Block 5 Netz fighters and has also achieved certification to operate the type

Garden shed gets Vulcan XH558 paint scheme!

Sunbathing, catching up with friends, washing the car… whatever you did this Bank Holiday, we’re certain it didn’t result in anything as cool as this…

Cabo Verde reveals flight resumption plans

After nearly 15 months on the ground, the flag carrier is preparing to restart services

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USSOCOM eyes additional ISR-configured Dash 8s

The US Special Operations Command is eyeing key procurement decisions including the possible acquisition of additional De Havilland Canada “Dash 8” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft

AFSOC receives final CV-22B Osprey

US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron/20th Air Maintenance Unit rolled out the final Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, on May 22

First VVIP 737 MAX delivered to customer

The outfitting of the cabin has taken around 14 months to complete

Singapore begins two-month deployment to Guam

A contingent of air assets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force – including multi-role fighters and CAEW aircraft – has arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a two-month deployment to the Pacific island

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 3

With the West gradually departing from counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan amid a pivot towards the rising powers of the East, what role will platforms like Textron Aviation's AT-6E light attack aircraft play in future force structures? Can such platforms operate in the contested battlespace of the future, or will the likelihood of new low-intensity conflicts ensure a continued relevance?

First Il-76MD-90A rolls off new production line

A new, upgraded and automated final assembly line at the CJSC Aviastar-SP JSC plant in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk has completed its first Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 45

Welcome to the 45th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Nigerian Air Force inducts JF-17 into service

Three newly delivered Chengdu Aircraft Corporation-Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft have been formally inducted into Nigerian Air Force service

The innovative way to reduce airport runway congestion

As soon as we’re allowed to fly again, a problem that’s been getting steadily worse for decades will be back: severe congestion on our airport runways. But it doesn’t have to be that way, argues Professor Richard Steinberg

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Historic Aviation Adverts from Another Era

Some eye-catching adverts from decades past that appeared in The Aeroplane magazine

Airbus reveals production rate forecasts

In a bid to prepare suppliers, the airframer has issued an update to its production plans

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

Returning to a classic! This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your knowledge of the world's airlines. Let us know what score you get!

New livery for RAF’s Typhoon display team

A Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 assigned to the RAF’s No 29 Squadron has been rolled out sporting a brand-new ‘Union Jack’ paint scheme, which will be seen at a variety of air shows over the next two years

JMSDF's first XSH-60L prototype takes flight

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has flown the first prototype of the XSH-60L – a further development by the Japanese firm of the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare helicopter

FLYING LEGENDS CANCELLED

The Flying Legends Air show, due to take place between 10-11th July, has been cancelled

PLAY’s plan for cautious expansion

In part two of Key.Aero’s interview with Birgir Jonsson, the PLAY CEO reveals his growth and development plans for the start-up carrier

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Insights into the World’s Biggest Helicopter

Bill Gunston cast an expert eye over the massive Mil Mi-12 ‘Homer’ helicopter in the February 1976 issue of Aeroplane Monthly. Here’s what he wrote…

B-52H conducts target training over the Black Sea

A USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bomber from the 2nd Bomb Wing completed a simulated target training mission with five NATO allies over the Black Sea region on May 24

Patrouille Suisse F-5E crashes in the Alps

A Northrop F-5E Tiger II light fighter/jet trainer from the Swiss Air Force’s Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team crashed near the mountain resort village of Melchsee-Frutt in Switzerland’s Obwalden canton in the morning of May 26

THE HISTORIC AIRSHOWS IN JUNE YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS!

After the lack of action last year, you could say that the air show season of 2021 is the sign of things getting back to normal. With that in mind, we've put together a list of the events in June that any historic aviation enthusiast - young or old - needs to experience!

VIDEO: How PLAY plans to learn lessons of WOW

In an interview with Key.Aero, Birgir Jonsson, PLAY’s CEO, explains his strategy for success with the new carrier

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