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Hurel-Dubois aircraft and their pioneering long wings

Commonly dubbed the 'flying letter-opener', Hurel-Dubois aircraft designs were best known for their high-aspect ratio wings. Jean-Christophe Carbonel takes an in-depth look at this short-lived French airframer

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What it takes to restore a de Havilland Dragon Rapide

There’s been the odd setback along the way, but the de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s Dragon Rapide is approaching the day when it will become a prized exhibit.

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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GALLERY: Elizabeth II - the real Queen of the Skies

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II flew further, faster and more often than any other British monarch. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting her relationship with aviation over the decades

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What was Britain’s first warbird airshow?

Four decades ago, the Great Warbirds Air Display pioneered a new style of airshow for Britain — and proved to be a very influential one

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Military

Textron Aviation delivers 1,000th T-6 Texan II

Textron Aviation Defense announced the delivery of its 1,000th Beechcraft T-6 Texan II on October 12. This came as the global Texan II fleet marked a major milestone, having now surpassed five million flight hours

12 Squadron deploy on World Cup policing duties

In what the UK MOD describe as Project Thariyat, 12 Squadron, the joint RAF/Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) based at RAF Coningsby, have now deployed eight RAF Typhoons and around 200 personnel to Dukhan-Tamim Air Base in Qatar for Air policing duties

193rd SOW prepares to take on new MC-130J mission

The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing is undergoing a major transformation affecting its primary mission and aircraft

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Virgin Atlantic to ditch Dreamliners and go all-Airbus?

Virgin Atlantic’s fleet has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past two years. Key.Aero speaks to the airline’s CEO, Shai Weiss about whether further change is on the cards, the prospect of the return of supersonic flight, and the company’s plan to get back to profitability

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Airbus hands over 500th A350 example

The European manufacturer had recently reached the milestone following a delivery to Iberia. Find out more now…

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Flying onboard a Boeing 747SP: Stargazing with SOFIA

NASA’s iconic Boeing 747SP made significant contributions to our study of the cosmos, but budgetary constraints have brought its mission to a premature end. In part two of this feature, Bernd Sturm recounts his recent experience stargazing with SOFIA.

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review

We explore World Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses Italy and the island of Malta. The package adds the usual smattering of hand-built airports, photogrammetry cities, landscape improvements and new challenges to pique your interest.

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iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4

After what seems like an age, we're almost ready to seal up the Airbus A300 and push back from the gate. The passengers are all on board, the breakfast beers have been flowing in the terminal and there's a party atmosphere on board. So, let's push on, finish up our prep and get moving.

Carenado PC12 for on short final

After several months of development, Carenado has announced the PC12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is complete, and the aircraft will launch on the MSFS Marketplace in early September.

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Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.