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Al Tariq’s new longer range PGM on display at Dubai Airshow

EDGE’s Al Tariq is carrying out flight trials with a new long-range precision guided 450kg (1,000Ib) Mk 83 munition at the Dubai Air Show

Tornado arrives at Northern Ireland museum

Ireland’s largest aviation museum has added a former RAF Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZG771 to its collection.

RAF refuels Qatari Rafales for the first time

The Qatari Emiri Air Force's (QEAF) Dassault Rafales have conducted air-to-air refuelling (AAR) missions with a RAF Voyager KC2 Tanker for the first time during week-long Exercise Galway in Qatar

Pulsar demonstrates UK-built rocket engine

UK nuclear fusion firm Pulsar Fusion has developed and tested its first launch-capable, high power chemical rocket engine

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 70

Welcome to the 70th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

First Airbus-built Inmarsat-6 satellite shipped to Japan

The first Airbus-built Inmarsat-6, I-6 F1, satellite has been shipped from Airbus
in Toulouse to Tanegashima in Japan ready
for launch

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Recovery Watch: Airline focus shifts to carbon emissions

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we explore how environmental topics are shaping the global aviation recovery

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Viscounts for sale

The Vickers Viscount was the world's first turboprop airliner which first flew on July 16, 1948 and achieved significant success. Here are a selection of artistic adverts that appeared in 'The Aeroplane'

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The complete story of the Airspeed Ambassador

The Airspeed Ambassador was hailed as the Douglas DC-3’s heir apparent before the California-built type had cemented its place in history during D-Day and Market Garden. However, the post-war type failed to keep pace with technological advances, as Bruce Hales-Dutton describes

Exclusive video of B-1B airborne refuelling mission

Go behind the scenes with Key.Aero to RAF Mildenhall and onboard a 100ARW KC-135 performing an air-to-air refuelling mission in support of the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron carrying out a Bomber Task Force Europe mission from RAF Fairford.

Quiz: Defunct UK airlines - part 3

Can you identify these defunct airlines from their livery and tail? Let us know what score you get!

FlightSimExpo 2021

Following last year's show cancellation due to COVID, North America's community-driven flight simulation conference, FlightSimExpo has returned. Taking place over the weekend of September 24-26 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California, it was run as a hybrid event with visitors attending in-person or taking part online.

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Exclusive: RAF bases record hundreds of bird strikes or near-misses

More than 250 bird strikes or near-misses have been recorded at Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the Southern and Eastern Regions since 2017, including a high of 73 incidents reported by RAF aircrews in 2020, with a further 46 up to October 28 this year

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Synth Wave: UK military embraces virtual training

For much of the past decade, the UK military has been busy shifting its real-world pilot training into synthetic environments, looking to utilise simulators instead of expensive fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, whose precious flight hours are considered better spent elsewhere

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Aircraft disassembly: the circle of life

What happens after an aircraft is grounded for the last time and taken out of service? Howard Slutsken dives into the world of disassembly

Reno Air Races for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The Reno Air Races: Expansion Pack and Reno Air Races: Full Collection are now available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace.

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MOD confirms retired RAF Sentinel sale to the US

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that the retired fleet of RAF Sentinel R1s are to be sold to a consortium instead of being scrapped, this is due to the sales bid being deemed more value for money to the UK taxpayer than the original fait of scrapping

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Daren Curtis

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Pan Am’s groundbreaking Boeing 707 freighter services

Pan Am was a pioneering airline in many ways with this article on its Boeing 707 -321Cs, from the June 27, 1963 edition of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’, an example of how it was at the vanguard of exploring new opportunities

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Skyworks Aeronautics champions the gyrocopter

It may have fallen out of favour, but the gyrocopter, a clever, versatile aircraft, is making a comeback, reports Tom Batchelor

FlyPast Podcast Episode 47

Tying in with a new feature in FlyPast, former leader of the Red Arrows Simon Meade reveals what aircraft would be in his dream hangar

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The internet’s favourite wingman: An interview with Paul Lucas

As Paul Lucas reaches his 250,000th subscriber on YouTube, Chris Smith catches up with the aviation fanatic to learn more about his jet-setting adventures

Indonesia orders Airbus A400M

During the Dubai Airshow on November 18, the Indonesia Ministry Of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft with a letter of intent (LOI) for the future acquisition of four additional aircraft

The key moments of the Dubai Airshow you need to know

In the 21 months since the last major aviation trade event, the aerospace industry has endured one of its toughest ever periods. So, when the doors of the Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday, it was the clearest signal yet that the sector is starting to return to a degree of normality. Here, Key.Aero rounds up the highlights of the year's biggest show.

NATO RQ-4D Phoenix completes 24hr mission

A NATO Air Ground Surveillance (AGS) RQ-4D Phoenix has completed its first ever 24-hour long mission after departing to the Black Sea region and returning 24hrs later to its home air base in Sigonella, Italy, on November 16

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