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This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

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The story of Sweden's Hawker S 9 Ospreys

Based on the Hawker Hart, Sweden’s distinctive Hawker S 9 Ospreys were catapult-launched from a seaplane cruiser. Jan Forsgren details the type’s history

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Russia “frustrated” at lack of war progress

Frustrated at the way its invasion of Ukraine has gone in the month since it began, Russia looks to have changed tactics to concentrate on its extensive stand-off missile capabilities

USAF F-22A suffers landing mishap at Eglin AFB

A Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor assigned to the USAF’s 325th Fighter Wing (FW) has been damaged after the fifth-generation air superiority stealth fighter suffered a mishap upon landing at Eglin AFB, Florida, on March 22

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Irish Air Corps’ commander on centenary and force’s future

As the Irish Air Corps celebrates its centenary, Chris Croot spoke to Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, General Officer Commanding of the organisation for his thoughts on the milestone and what the future may hold for the force

First UK manufactured V-tail for RAF Protector fitted

A GA-ASI MQ-9B Protector destined for the RAF has been fitted with the first V-tail manufactured on the Isle of Wight by GKN Aerospace

Air New Zealand launches New York service

Air New Zealand is to make its first-ever flight to the Big Apple on September 17 as travel restrictions ease and ultra long-haul links with the USA make a post-pandemic return.

 

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'Small but fierce': Ireland's Air Corps during World War Two

Invasion of the Republic of Ireland was a real possibility during World War Two. Peter London describes Ireland’s Air Corps during ‘The Emergency’

Aero Legends to offer experience flights in Strikemaster

North Weald-based Aero Legends is to offer flights in a BAC Strikemaster for those with a valid pilot’s license.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's general knowledge historic aviation quiz will have you really scratching your head!

Air Canada opts for extra A321XLRs

Air Canada has firmed up an order for six Airbus A321XLR aircraft, taking its tally to 26 examples having already agreed to acquire 20 of the Extra Long Range jets through lessors.

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: The helicopters of No 3 Ops Wing

From airlifting premature babies to fighting fires and conducting anti-terrorism operations, the IAC’s No 3 Ops Wing has a diverse range of responsibilities. Josef Campion reports

AERALIS reveals innovative modular jet at DIMDEX 2022 with Emir of Qatar present

British military jet developer, AERALIS revealed two full-scale replica jets during a ceremony at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2022 at Qatar's National Convention Centre on March 21

PA-38 Tomahawk In Development

Just Flight has announced it is working on a PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Emirates earmarks June for Tel Aviv launch

Gulf giant Emirates has pencilled in June 23 as the date it plans to start daily rotations to Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion.

AH-64D Early Access Out Now

The Eagle Dynamics team has released the Early Access version of the AH-64D for DCS World.

REVEALED: Is Flybe returning to your local airport?

Ahead of its maiden flight in April, Key Aero reveals the airports and launch dates for Flybe’s new network

Singapore Airlines to operate Boeing 777Fs for DHL

A ‘Crew And Maintenance’ agreement has been signed between Singapore Airlines and DHL Express, with five Boeing 777Fs to be operated by the flag carrier on behalf of the international express services provider. According to DHL Express, the move will help it “meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets”.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 85

Welcome to the 85th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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China Eastern Boeing 737 crash: The facts so far (UPDATED)

A Boeing 737-800 operated by China Eastern Airlines has crashed into a hillside in southern China. With details still emerging on this serious accident, Key Aero’s team of aviation experts has pulled together the latest facts as they currently stand

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Inside the Irish Air Corps: PC-12 NG Spectre

As the Irish Air Corps approaches its 100th anniversary, Key.Aero begins special coverage of the force by taking a closer look at its new Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Josef Campion reports

Top Aces Skyhawks first air combat training involving USAF fighters in Europe was with F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing in December 2021. One of the company’s Skyhawks is shown taxiing at Spangdahlem Air Base, home of the 52nd FW. USAF/Tech Sgt Maeson L Elleman News Premium

EXCLUSIVE: Lakenheath F-15s fight A-4 Skyhawks

US Air Force F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath have been conducting air combat training with A-4 Skyhawks from adversary air provider Top Aces.

CONFIRMED: China Eastern Boeing 737 has crashed

Chinese state media has confirmed that a Boeing 737-800 has crashed in Teng County in the country’s southern Guangxi region. Official reports say the passenger aircraft was carrying 132 people

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World War Two's Grumman Hellcat

Known for his economic use of ammunition, Hamilton ‘Mac’ McWhorter became the first ‘ace’ on the Hellcat. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver explains

Aviano F-16s training from Lakenheath

The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk is currently hosting 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 510th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Buzzards’. The 13 F-16CMs and a sole F-16D arrived in the UK on Thursday, March 3 though didn’t start flying sorties until Tuesday, March 8.

Lockheed Martin celebrates 500th C-130J delivery

Lockheed Martin has marked a key milestone in its C-130J Super Hercules programme after the company announced it had recently delivered its 500th example on March 15

 

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