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Boeing's new F-15EX fighter completes first flight

Boeing’s new F-15EX multi-role fighter took to the skies for its highly-anticipated maiden flight on February 2 – ahead of the planned delivery of the first two aircraft to the USAF later this quarter

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Flight of the Albatros

We take a look at the Uzbekistan Air Force's L-39C Albatros aircraft after the fleet finally completed a crucial overhaul last summer

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A century of air forces

In this first instalment, we look into the 100-year-old stories of two of the world’s most war-involved air forces…

Lufthansa completes its longest ever flight

The record-breaking service involved significant planning and preparation

Philippine Air Force receives additional C-130H

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has welcomed an additional Lockheed C-130H Hercules to its fleet, after the tactical transport arrived at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 29

CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE, 1920-2021

War veteran, incredible fund-raiser and all-round hero passes away at the age of 100

Boeing at risk of losing a third of 777X firm orders

Days after confirming a further delay to the programme, the manufacturer reports its backlog for the type could be reduced

B-52s return to Guam for Bomber Task Force deployment

A quartet of USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have returned to Andersen AFB, Guam, to conduct a Bomber Task Force deployment in the Indo-Pacific region

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The intriguing history of the B-58 Hustler

It set 19 world speed records – several of which were set by John Denver’s father. This is the Convair B-58 Hustler…

JetBlue reveals redesigned transatlantic Mint suites

Ahead of its highly anticipated London route launch, the US carrier has shown off its first major premium product redesign since its introduction in 2014

The inside story of how BA made more than £500m profit from Concorde

After six years of losses on the aircraft, Jock Lowe - the former director of operations at British Airways - explains to Key.Aero how he turned around the supersonic airliner’s financial fortunes

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 28

Welcome to the 28th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

France orders 12 more Dassault Rafales

France has ordered 12 new-build Rafale multi-role fighters from Dassault Aviation to replace a dozen examples from the French Air and Space Force, which were sold to Greece late last month

New look for Belgium’s A109BAi helicopter demo team

The Belgian Air Component rolled out a new, colourful paint scheme for the demonstration aircraft of its Agusta A109BAi single-ship helicopter display team at Beauvechain air base on January 28

Emirates to restart UK passenger flights

After halting services last week, the UAE flag carrier has revealed when it expects to restart UK services

Messerschmitt Bf 109 VS. Bell P-39 Airacobra

Messerschmitt Bf 109 VS. Bell P-39 Airacobra - how do the two match up?

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100 metres from disaster: JAL mid-air incident 20 years on

Exactly 20 years ago today, a Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 narrowly avoided colliding with each other in the skies above Japan. Key.Aero recounts how it happened and what the industry learnt from this close call

Wally’s War

In this week’s MyPast, we hear part 2 of Wally Layne’s wartime story. David Layne tells of some of his father’s key movements before the events that lead to his unfortunate capture…

Gulfstream awarded C-20, C-37 support contracts

Gulfstream Aerospace has been awarded two contracts by the USAF to provide fleet-wide engineering and sustainment support services for the US military’s C-20 and C-37 VIP transport aircraft

Commercial Aviation General Knowledge Quiz

This week's commercial aviation quiz will test your 'general knowledge' of the industry. Let us know what score you get!

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Has Boeing missed the bus with its NMA?

After being shelved last year, the firm’s CEO earlier this week hinted that the new mid-market aircraft was still on the table. Key.Aero considers whether the Seattle-based giant has been too slow to get the project going and what impact this has had

USAF’s bomber triad to open Super Bowl 55

The USAF’s bomber triad will conduct a first-of-its-kind trifecta flyover of the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the opening ceremony of Super Bowl 55 on February 7

France, India conclude Exercise Desert Knight 2021

The French Air and Space Force (FASF) deployed to India to take part in Exercise Desert Knight 2021 – an intense five-day bilateral training operation with the Indian Air Force (IAF), which concluded on January 24

FlyPast Podcast Episode 6

This week we speak to writer and aviation historian Paul Crickmore about the book he co-wrote, analysing the Battle of Britain from the Luftwaffe's perspective.

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FlyPast March 2021

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