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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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First Qatari NH90 NFH variants delivered

The first two NH90 helicopters of the naval operations NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant were delivered to the Qatar Emiri Air Force on March 31

Sikorsky’s first Raider X prototype is more than 85% complete

Sikorsky announced on April 4 that the production of its Raider X competitive prototype for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programme – a part of the service’s wider Future Vertical Lift portfolio – is now more than 85% complete

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US refuses to be drawn on Ukraine link to Bulgarian F-16 sale

The US Department of Defense has declined to be drawn on the prospect of Bulgaria looking to shift its existing Soviet-era MiG-29 multi-role fighters to Ukraine, following Washington’s approval of the possible sale of F-16 aircraft to Sofia

Reality Expansion Pack for Carenado Navajo Released

After months of development, SimCoders has released the Reality Expansion Pack for Carenado Piper PA-31 Navajo.

Australia scraps MQ-9B SkyGuardian acquisition plans

The Australian DoD has scrapped its planned acquisition of at least 12 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian armed, medium-range, long-endurance UAVs under Project AIR 7003

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady arrives at Hill Aerospace Museum

The Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah took delivery of Lockheed U-2C ‘Dragon Lady’ 56-6716 on March 27, 2022.

Falklands and Cold War events for Newark Air Museum

The Newark Air Museum in eastern Nottinghamshire is preparing to stage its Falklands 40th and Cold War Call-Up event, which takes place on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2022. 

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Analysis: What MOD's Defence Equipment Plan means for the services

With the UK releasing its latest Defence Equipment Plan and the promise of additional funding, prospects, for once, look good for the services. However, will the maths add up? Richard Thomas reports

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Mosquito navigator on being shot down in World War Two

The recent acquisition by the Collings Foundation of the remains of Mosquito FBVI RS505 for a restoration project was of special interest to one man: 99-year-old Ron Day, the navigator on that very aeroplane when it was shot down. We talked to him about that fateful sortie, and his experiences on Beaufighter attack missions during his previous tour

The Skyhawks had the advantage of aerial refuelling pre- and post-strike, from the Argentine Air Force’s two KC-130H tankers. This Grupo 4 A-4C carries a single Mk 17 bomb on its way to the targets. Grupo 4’s sand/brown camouflage was easier for SHAR pilots to spot than the green/brown colours of Grupo 5’s machines. The yellow ID markings proved ineffective because they blended with the sand colour of the tail – they were also good visual cues for enemy pilots. Hernan Casciani-Juan Carlos Cicalesi Archive Feature Premium

Falklands Air Battles – Attacking the British landing force

Colonel Doug Dildy (USAF Ret), with the assistance of Hernan Casciani and Pablo Calcaterra, analysed in the May 2012 issue of Aviation News the attacks on ships by Argentinian fast-jets trying to stop the UK landing troops on the Falklands

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Gaining insight from the president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa

As president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Kuljit Ghata-Aura oversees the OEM’s presence across an enormous region. Tom Batchelor caught up with him to discuss some of the sector’s hottest topics

Quiz: British Aerospace Sea Harrier

Operating the most sorties of any British aircraft type during the Falklands War, the Sea Harrier assumed a pivotal air defence role during the conflict protecting the task force. This week's historic aviation quiz focuses on venerable V/STOL strike fighter

The two British aircraft carriers initially embarked 18 BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1s: 12 SHARs from 800 NAS were aboard HMS Hermes, with eight others from 801 NAS on HMS Invincible. Two years after the war a pair of 801 Squadron SHARs are pictured coming aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Feature Premium

Falklands Air Battles – The fight for air superiority

Former F-15 pilot Colonel Doug Dildy (USAF Ret), with the assistance of Hernan Casciani and Pablo Calcaterra, analyse the battle for air superiority over the Falklands in this first of a two part feature which was published originally in Aviation News April 2012 issue

£360m contract signed for the Wildcat WIST programme

A total of 340 jobs are due to be sustained with Leonardo at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, and other companies due to a five-year £360m support and training contract being renewed with Leonardo Helicopters UK

European airline to operate highest density A220 ever!

As fuel prices surge, passenger demand soars and supply chains are squeezed, airlines are looking more closely than ever for ways to boost efficiencies. Alongside options such as surcharges to tickets and the scrapping of marginal routes, there are longer term solutions which make sense for some carriers looking to bolster their balance sheet

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JetBlue submits “superior” bid to buy Spirit Airlines

New York-based carrier JetBlue Airways has announced its intention to acquire low-cost competitor Spirit Airlines in a deal worth $3.6bn.

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Emergency services and drones

The emergency services are increasingly turning to drones for help. Mark Broadbent looks at the ‘blue light’ applications for unmanned aircraft

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Pilot report: The world's only airworthy Hanriot HD1

Where once Belgium’s balloon-busting ace Willy Coppens sat, today The Vintage Aviator’s pilots get to experience the unique thrill of flying the sole airworthy Hanriot HD1. John Lanham reports

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An exciting look at future sustainable propulsion plans

When it comes to powering commercial aircraft, a revolution is starting to take place. It might be in its early stages but its about to take off in a big way, as Selwyn Parker explains

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Keeping the Iranian Air Force F-5E/F Tiger II fleet in service

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the project keeping the Iranian Air Force F-5E/F Tiger II fleet in service

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Aircraft Report: Adversarial F-5 Tigers

The Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger II has supported naval aviation training since 1975. Tom Kaminski explains how the platform has remained a core asset for training US combat pilots

USMC F/A-18C unit VMFA-312 deploy to Poland

After participating in major multinational NATO training exercise, Cold Response 22, Boeing F/A-18C Hornets from USMC VMFA-312 ‘Checkerboards’ have deployed to Lask Air Base in Poland

Bravo November now on display at RAF Museum

The sole surviving Chinook helicopter flown by the RAF during the Falklands campaign is now on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

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Eurowings takes maiden A320neo, outlines launch timeframe

The first Airbus A320neo for Eurowings has officially been handed over after the airframe arrived at the firm’s largest base at Düsseldorf, Germany in early April.

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Stingers and UAVs part of latest US package to Ukraine

The latest round of military aid deliveries from the US to Ukraine will include Stinger man-portable air defence systems and uncrewed aerial vehicles, as potential Russian war crimes in the country are uncovered

 

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