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Behind-the-scenes with Dutch F-16s at Exercise Gioia Falcon 21

For two weeks in November, Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AMs deployed to Gioia del Colle Air Base in southern Italy to train with the Italian Air Force. We went behind-the-scenes to catch some of the action

First operational carrier deployment for USMC F-35Cs

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-314 (VMFA-314) made history as the first USMC unit to deploy the F-35C Lightning II aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier, as it departed with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on January 3

Atlas Air buys four Boeing 777Fs

New York-based cargo airline Atlas Air has signed for four Boeing 777 Freighters, enlarging its fleet to 18 examples.

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Paul Brickhill: Escape – Or Die

With the holiday season behind us, we can now ask, did anyone watch The Great Escape over Christmas? It’s always part of the yule tide TV schedule and if that wetted your appetite for more tales of a similar ilk, Paul Brickhill’s Escape – Or Die is a great place to start.

Spangdahlem F-16s strengthen NATO Air Policing mission

Multiple US F-16C/D Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany, landed at Łask Air Base, Poland, on January 4 to work alongside the current deployed units on NATO Baltic Air Policing and Enhanced Air Policing detachments

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World’s first private Airbus A220 delivered

European manufacturer Airbus has handed over its first-ever ACJ TwoTwenty – the private version of its popular A220 – to Swiss aviation firm Comlux.

Bell 47 for X-Plane Released

Aircraft developer, FlyInside has released the Bell 47G-2A1 for X-Plane 11.

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F-22A Raptor undergoing major rebuild in Alaska following crash

More than three-and-a-half years after USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor 07-4146 ‘AK’ was extensively damaged in a fiery crash, the aircraft is well on its way to being made airworthy again

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Airborne comeback for former Royal Navy Staggerwing 

Beech D17S Staggerwing N18V flew for the first time in around 35 years late last year from Leopoldsburg, Belgium…

UAE to equip A330 MRTT fleet with Israeli self-protection systems

Elbit Systems has announced that its UAE-based subsidiary, Elbit Systems Emirates, will supply Israeli-developed airborne self-protection systems for the UAE Air Force and Air Defence’s five-strong Airbus A330-243MRTT fleet

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The Flying Springbok’s great detour

As South African Airways enters the next chapter in its turbulent...

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Air Canada 777 suffers tail strike on pilot’s first landing

An Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER suffered a tail strike while landing at Hong Kong International due to pilot induced oscillations and a high rate of descent, an investigation by the country’s Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA) has concluded.

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Airliner World February 2022

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Aeroplane February 2022

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Tripping the flights fantastic - FlyGTA

Urban air mobility doesn't have to mean eVTOL, as this Canadian airline proves

South Korea grounds F-35A fleet following belly landing

The Republic of Korea Air Force has grounded its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet after one example was forced to perform an emergency belly landing following an avionic system issue on January 4

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Allegiant backs Boeing with blockbuster order

The Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost carrier has gone all in with its first order for brand new jets

Ex Officer Commanding of BBMF to receive MBE

Key.Aero would like to offer our profound congratulations to Squadron Leader Mark Discombe, ex Officer Commanding of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who has received an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list

CowanSim 206 B3 for X-Plane Out Now

X-Plane developer, CowanSim has released the 206 B3 for X-Plane 11.

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

 

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