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Final Sayonara for Japanese Phantoms

After retiring the last operational F-4EJ Phantoms from service, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has now also completed the withdrawal of the remaining examples of the type

Two more CV-22Bs for AFSOC

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of two additional CV-22B Ospreys to US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

Quiz: How well do you know the Boeing 747-8?

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747-8I. To celebrate the occasion, this week's quiz focuses entirely on the latest generation of the iconic jumbo.

First two Dhruv Mk IIIs delivered to Indian Coast Guard

An additional two Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) have been officially delivered to the Indian Coast Guard

Germany receives final SAR-configured H145

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and final H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)

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A decade of the 747-8I: Inside the development of Boeing’s final jumbo

Ten years ago today, the latest version of the iconic four-engine aircraft took to the skies for the first time. Key.Aero speaks to the American manufacturer to find out about its development, design and testing and what makes it different from those that came before

Embraer reveals how many aircraft it delivered in 2020

The airframer was hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and a failed partnership with Boeing

Israel set to move two F-16 units to Ramat David

Two Israeli Air Force F-16 squadrons are to relocate from Hatzor Air Base to Ramat David Air Base. The planned move, which was announced by the IAF on March 10, involves 101 ‘First Fighter’ and 105 ‘Scorpion’ Squadrons

Elbit Systems, KAI to co-operate on next-gen unmanned ISTAR solution

Elbit Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to expand their cooperation in the field of unmanned ISTAR systems

FlyPast Podcast Episode 13

This week on the FlyPast Podcast, we've done something different. This one was recorded socially distanced from inside the cockpit of Vulcan XH558, as we chatted to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust about the aircraft's story, and the Trust's exciting plans for the future...

First Lebanese crews complete MD 530F helicopter training

An initial group of Lebanese Air Force personnel has completed training on the MD 530F helicopter as the air arm prepares to induct six examples of the platform into operational service

Senegalese Air Force receives new CN235-220MPA

Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has handed over a new production CN235-220MPA to the Armée de l'Air Sénégalaise (Senegalese Air Force) at the PTDI production facility in Bandung

The couple who spent eight years restoring a Nimrod simulator

Restorations are hard enough, but what about rebuilding one of only two Nimrod simulators ever built? In lockdown? With your other half? Key.Aero chats to the amazing couple who did just that…

La Palma for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, sim-wings has announced La Palma Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

USAF accepts its first F-15EX

The USAF formally accepted its first F-15EX at Boeing’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, on March 10 – just over a month after the multi-role fighter graced the skies for the first time

Spirits arrive in Portugal for historic bomber deployment

Three Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit strategic stealth bombers from the USAF’s 509th Bomb Wing have deployed to Lajes Field on Terceira Island in the Azores, Portugal, as part of a Bomber Task Force mission in Europe

A year on: When will the aviation industry recover?

After the worst year in history for the aviation industry, Key.Aero speaks to Rico Luman, a senior economist at Dutch bank ING, to find out when the sector could begin a meaningful recovery

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Dutch C-130Hs: A Tactical Transition

In recent years, 336 Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force has transitioned its four C-130 Hercules from regular transport duties to tactical operations. We spoke with the unit’s new commander about his plans for this unique squadron

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An in-depth look at the Eurofighter's next-gen radar

Will the Eurofighter Typhoon's new ECRS Mk 2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar be the world's best? Key.Aero investigates...

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Phantom Pharewell: Japan bids farewell to the legendary F-4EJ

The legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II has bowed of service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Key.Aero looks at the multi-role fighter's half-century of Japanese operations

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Lisbon eyes the Super Tucano

Embraer’s Super Tucano light attack aircraft could be on the shopping list of the Portuguese Air Force given its current good relationship with the company and the aircraft’s presence at Monte Real Air Base in November

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An insight into Venezuela's modern air force

One hundred years after its creation, the Aviación Militar Bolivariana (Venezuelan Air Force) is operating an interesting variety of aircraft, as Key.Aero explores

Historic Aviation Quiz

Have a go at this week's historic aviation quiz!

How a Utair Boeing 737 hit a snowbank upon landing

After the airline initially cited wind shear as the cause of the incident, investigators have now come to a completely different conclusion

AeroVironment to deliver Puma 3 AE to unnamed European nation

AeroVironment will deliver an unspecified number of Puma 3 All Environment (AE) tactical UAS to an undisclosed European customer through the US’ Foreign Military Sales programme

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