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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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BBMF Avro Lancaster Tour

Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE gives Key Aero a tour of PA474

Details on new Greek flight training centre

Avion Group has revealed that Koropi, situated to the southwest of Athens International Airport and within a ten-minute distance, will be home to the firm’s newest flight training centre.

Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by John Randal

USMC Harriers arrive for major exercise

Ten US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers IIs of VMA-223 arrived at Bodø Main Air Station in Norway on March 3 to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR 22). The exercise is to run from March 14 to 31 for which the USMC has deployed a sizeable force to the Scandinavian country

Hawaii Pacific Air’s two Carvairs are now parked out at Honolulu, hopefully waiting for a new owner. Robbie Shaw Feature Premium

Last of the Carvairs

The unusual looking Carvair has always been a rarity due to only 21 being produced. The June 1993 issue of FlyPast revealed that a Carvair had roared back into the air again and was the last example in service

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Newark Air Museum Day-Night Photo Shoot

The date for Newark Air Museum’s first Day-Night Photo Shoot event of 2022 has been set for Saturday March 26, 2022…

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Inside the US Special Forces mission that eliminated Haji Abdullah

We describe the US Army Special Forces’ mission to track down and eliminate the so-called Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi

Is the AN-225 airborne?

The Kyiv-based colossus has appeared on flightradar24 and other flight monitoring platforms

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Hill Helicopters and its revolutionary HX50

UK start-up Hill Helicopters is taking big steps towards its goal of ‘disrupting’ the general aviation market with its revolutionary HX50. Will it succeed? Mark Broadbent investigates

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REX Saab 340 almost stalls after icing issues

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has revealed that a REX Saab 340 almost stalled while returning to Perth after one of its de-icing boots failed.

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What we know so far about Sikorsky's Raider X helicopter

Following our coverage last month of Bell’s 360 Invictus offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programme, Khalem Chapman details the platform’s competitive rival, which comes in the form of Sikorsky’s Raider X light attack/scout helicopter

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Inside Travis AFB: Gateway to the Pacific

In light of Air Mobility Command’s outstanding work during the evacuation of Kabul, Scott Cuong Tran and Nick Tran visited its busiest hub, Travis AFB in California, to find out how the US provides effective global transport

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Aussie-based Bonza unveils HUGE launch plans

The Australian low-cost sector looks set for a major shake-up after independent, low-cost entrant, Bonza, recently revealed the blueprints for its initial route map, consisting of an impressive 16 destinations across 25 routes – all domestic – as part of what it claims to be “the largest launch announcement in Australian aviation history”.

Leeds Bradford scraps new terminal plans

Leeds Bradford Airport is withdrawing plans to replace its terminal building – blaming “excessive delays” in UK government decision-making.

DHL boosts Boeing 777F commitments

The German cargo giant has taken its triple-seven tally to 28

Thai F-16A ADF Fighting Falcon written-off in crash

A Lockheed Martin F-16A-15 ADF Fighting Falcon belonging to the Royal Thai Air Force was written-off after it crashed in the Chatturat district of Thailand’s Chaiyaphum province at approximately 1340hrs (local time) on March 8

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Inside the Colombian Air Force's new Texan II fleet

As Colombia welcomes the T-6C Texan II to replace the long-serving T-37 Tweet, we look at how the Colombian Air Force is modernizing its fighter pilot training

Historic aviation quiz

How much have you been paying attention to the historic section of Key.Aero recently? Test yourself now!

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Whatever happened to the USAF's YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed?

David Willis reviews the troubled path of the USAF's Boeing YAL-1A Airborne Laser Testbed from ‘first light’ to last flight

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US slams Poland's MiG-29 transfer offer as untenable

The US has moved to quash Poland’s plan to donate to Washington its entire fleet of MiG-29 fighters following Warsaw’s surprise announcement of its intention to offer its Russian-designed aircraft in exchange for used US Air Force platforms

US Navy selects Northrop Grumman to modernise E-6B fleet

Northrop Grumman announced on March 3 that it was recently awarded the Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract for the US Navy’s fleet of Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command and control aircraft, which the firm will be responsible for sustaining and modernising over the coming years

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The last A-4 Skyhawk operation of the Falklands

Two Argentine Air Force pilots, Mario Roca and Guillermo Dellepiane, tell the story of the final A-4 Skyhawk operation of the 1982 conflict, when they attempted to destroy an important British command post

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A look at Africa's aviation industry

Tom Batchelor examines the challenges and opportunities posed as the continent seeks to strengthen its routes

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Aces High: Inside the 'Red Air' F-16 operations of Top Aces

We report on the pilots of Arizona-based Top Aces, who are aggressively pitching the legendary F-16 Viper against some of the most advanced fighters in the world

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Female aviators on International Women's Day

For International Women's Day, Key.Aero is bringing you a round up of some of the most incredible stories of female aviators in history

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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