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The big Christmas commercial aviation quiz

Merry Christmas from all of us at KeyAero. For all the commercial aviation fans out there, here's our present to you, a 20-question bumper airliner quiz!

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Skynet Evolutions - Analysis of UK milsatcom

As the first metal is cut for the UK’s future Skynet 6 military satellites, Richard Thomas takes a closer look at the history of the programme

Romania confirms the intention of purchasing Norway’s F-16s

Via a letter signed by the Romanian parliament on December 20, the acquisition of 32 ex Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcons was approved

SAAB and FMV sign contract for Gripen E Equipment

A contract has been signed between Saab and the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new equipment for the Gripen E

How you can help the BBMF survive for years to come

In the final instalment of Key.Aero's interview with Mark 'Suggs' Sugden, the new O/C talks through how the BBMF is funded and what you can do to help the flight stay in the air

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The curious cargoes of Air Atlantique’s DC-3s in the 1980s

Air Atlantique’s Douglas Dakotas carried all manner of cargo – from Cognac to cabbages – in their busy ’80s heyday, as Charles Woodley details in a new book charting the carrier’s history

Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Brenda Spooner

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Bristol 188: The Flaming Pencil

Despite its radical appearance, the Bristol 188 supersonic research aircraft never came close to fulfilling its primary objectives, as Tony Buttler reveals

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What to look forward to in 2022

Whilst many things didn't happen in 2021 (for obvious reasons), Aeroplane's Editor, Ben Dunnell reveals there's plenty to look forward to coming up in 2022…

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A Christmas message from the Prime Minister (1941)

Following the Japanese attack on the US Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Winston Churchill made his way to the United States of America. Arriving in the US after a ten-day sea crossing aboard the battleship HMS Duke of York, on December 22, Churchill made the last leg to Washington via aeroplane, where President Roosevelt was waiting to greet him…

MacDill AFB titled preferred location for next KC-46A Pegasus base

The US Department of the Air Force selected MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, for the preferred location to host the next active-duty KC-46A Pegasus unit on December 21

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Snapshot: Lufthansa Cargo's MD-11 retirement

As Lufthansa Cargo closed the book on almost a quarter of a century of McDonnell Douglas MD-11F operations, Vasco Garcia opted for a unique perspective, shooting the historic occasion from a helicopter.

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Paul Richey: Fighter Pilot

If you read last week’s reread feature on Piece of Cake, you’ll be aware that certain elements of Derek Robinson’s novel are said to be inspired by real life characters and events and one book that is often mentioned in the same breath as Piece of Cake is Fighter Pilot, by Paul Richey…

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de Havilland Vampire: A Fangtastic Beast

In the post-Shoreham classic jet age, keeping the last RAF Vampire in the skies is no easy task. James Peene spoke to the Vampire Preservation Group to find out what’s involved

US DOD shows interest in 36 more TH-73A helicopters

The US Department of Defense has announced the award of a $159m firm-fixed price modification to AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp

French bee accepts 480-seat A350

Paris-based French bee has introduced its maiden Airbus A350-1000. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97-equipped widebody, F-HMIX (c/n 539) – leased from Air Lease Corporation – was officially handed over by the European manufacturer on December 17, 2021 having previously made the short delivery hop from Toulouse to French bee’s Paris/Orly base.

UK announce plans to develop joint future fighter engine demonstrator with Japan

The UK and Japan have announced plans to develop a future fighter aircraft engine demonstrator, and sign a memorandum of cooperation to enable future development between the two nations

On board VistaJet's flagship Bombardier Global 7500

Ultra-luxurious air travel remains out of reach for the masses and is often frequented by high-wealth travellers. However, Andreas Spaeth was lucky enough to grab a rare chance to indulge in an unforgettable experience on VistaJet’s flagship Bombardier Global 7500

ULTIMATE Historic Aviation Quiz! Part One

Over Christmas and New Year, we're bringing you an ULTIMATE historic aviation quiz. This week we bring you part one...what will you score?

New Officer Commanding to take BBMF in different direction?

In this second instalment from Key.Aero's chat with new BBMF Officer Commanding, Suggs details his plans, including new paint jobs we can expect to see and maintenance plans for the fleet

First Kuwait Typhoon deliveries

Kuwait has taken delivery of its first two Eurofighter Typhoons. The Tranche 3A aircraft, both twin-seaters, were flown to Kuwait on December 14.

Spain approves acquisition of 20 more Eurofighters

Spain's Council of Ministers gave approval on December 14 for Project Halcón (Falcon), the acquisition of 20 Tranche 4 Eurofighter Typhoons.

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 28

In Episode 28 of The Air Warrior Podcast, the final one before the Christmas and New Year break, we hear from the second part to Airbus’ facility in Spain to learn more on the company’s activities and aspirations in the realm of military air-to-air refuelling.

Qatar Airways sues Airbus over A350 problems

Doha-based Qatar Airways has filed legal proceedings against Airbus at the High Court in London over a dispute relating to alleged fuselage surface degradation on some of the carrier’s A350 fleet.

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Why there is hope for air travel recovery in 2022

Current predictions expect steep growth for aviation in 2022; however the reality will depend on the direction of the pandemic. The Cirium team crunches the latest data in our monthly RecoveryWatch report

 

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