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First Historic Quiz of 2022!

We're storming into 2022 with the first Historic aviation quiz of the year!

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Mystère 20 – First of a Family of Bizjets

The Mystère 20 (later referred to as the Falcon 20) first flew on May 4, 1963 and was the first in a line of business jets which continues to be developed by Dassault. John Fricker got to fly the new jet and reported his findings in the January 30, 1964 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’

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Is retiring the RAF's Tranche 1 Typhoons the right move?

In March 2021, the UK announced plans to retire the RAF's fleet of Tranche 1 Eurofighters by 2025. We explore the decision to prematurely withdraw roughly one quarter of the air arm's Typhoon force and the ramifications this will bring

Qatar's initial NH90s make first public appearance

According to a press release by Leonardo company on January 3, the Qatar Emiri Air Force NH90 programme marked a major milestone with the first appearance of the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variants during Qatar’s national day on December 18

Save Coventry Airport to hold Open Day

Aviation group ‘Save Coventry Airport’ is holding an open day and fly-in on January 8 for the general public to attend to raise awareness about the airfield, which may be closed to make space for a factory

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North Weald C-54 Skymaster update

Save The Skymaster is continuing to make progress on its restoration of former US Navy Douglas C-54D 56498 at North Weald

Mega Airport Ben Gurion Released

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Ben Gurion for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now availa

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Key year for Eurodrone RPAS development

As the early light of 2022 filters through the remains of the holiday fog, one programme expected to be the focus of attention in the first half of the year is the Eurodrone platform

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Wizz Air reveals 2021 traffic figures

Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air has revealed its traffic, load factor and capacity figures for last year.

‘Tailored’ F-35 variant contract announced for mystery customer

A contract by the US DOD recently revealed that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $49m contract to design and develop a tailored variant of the F-35 Lightning II for an unspecified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 29

In the first episode of 2022 we hear from a former Rafale fighter pilot from France’s Marine Nationale on his experiences of the aircraft and what daily life was like operating from the French Navy’s flagship, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

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Bookings now being taken for Hurricane passenger flights

From April this year it will be possible to fly as a passenger in Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb BE505, the world’s only two-seat example of the iconic World War Two fighter…

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The ten airlines to watch in 2022

Welcome to the very first Airliner World Powerlist. As the world’s largest-selling commercial aviation magazine, we thought it was high time to recognise the operators we think will be high-flyers in the year ahead.

Quiz: Commercial Aviation in 2021

It's been another difficult year for the commercial aviation industry. With COVID-19 continuing to cause difficulties for the sector, we thought we'd take one last look back at some of the positive happenings of 2021 before we move our focus forward.

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When passengers become patients

A suspected cardiac arrest is never good news, but when it happens at 35,000 feet, even   greater complexities enter the equation. Tom Batchelor caught up with aeronautical medical expert Dr David McKenas to learn about mid-flight passenger emergencies and the life saving technology which can help

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Flying Ireland's last Fokker 50

Time is running out to catch a flight over the Emerald Isle aboard the Fokker 50. Caius Lacey joins passengers treasuring the increasingly rare turboprop

In case you missed it: Key.Aero’s Top Historic Articles of 2021

In case you missed any of them, we’ve put together our top 10 articles of 2021 for some seasonal reading!

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Regional resurgence: Indo-Pacific rotary focus

Increased demand for military helicopters is expected to drive growth in the rotorcraft industry in the Indo-Pacific

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Above and Beyond: Ray Lallemant

Graham Pitchfork recounts the RAF service of Belgian fighter ace, Ray Lallemant, who was twice decorated with the DFC

In case you missed it: 2021's top historic news

We know our readers have busy lives, and may have missed some of this years top historic aviation news. Fear not, we've rounded it all up so you can refresh yourself!

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Development and evolution of the Phantom

David Willis explored the development and evolution of one of the greatest ever combat aircraft

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FAcT of the matter: Canadian aircrew training

Canada’s Future Aircrew Training programme aims to renew aircrew training services to help maintain a multi-purpose and combat capable Royal Canadian Air Force

Inside one of the last remaining VFW-Fokker 614s

The VFW-Fokker 614 is famed for its misfortune. Woeful sales performance was followed by the jet being pulled from commercial service within a decade of its first flight. However, a sole example soldiers on, training next-generation engineers, as Martin Needham discovers here

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My Dream Historic Hangar: Dave Unwin

Dave Unwin, FlyPast’s resident pilot and author of the best-selling Sky Stories, opens the door of his fantasy historic hangar to show us the six vintage aircraft he’d have if money was no object

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Gallery: Anniversary of the first flight of the B-24 Liberator

On 29th December 1939, the B-24 Liberator made its first flight. Key Aero celebrates the anniversary by looking back with a gallery of the best B-24 images

 

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