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How the 757 nearly became a three-crew airliner

Bowing to pressure from US pilot unions, the launch customer initially specified the jet needed three crew positions. George Jehn, a former Eastern Air Lines pilot and labour leader tells Key.Aero about the fight he fought to keep the flight engineer on the flight deck

Boeing confirms delay to 777X service entry

As it reported its largest full-year loss in its more than 100-year history, the Chicago-based giant outlined an updated plan for its next-generation widebody

Lockheed Martin receives C-5M logistics support contract

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$129.3m contract by the USAF to provide contractor logistics support services for the air arm’s C-5M Super Galaxy heavy-lift strategic transport fleet

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Su-57 in Focus: 'Felon' on the Loose!

Russia’s next-gen fighter, the Sukhoi Su-57, looks as dangerous as its nickname would suggest. We chart the long gestation period preceding its unveiling in December 2020

Sikorsky-Boeing team unveils Defiant X for US Army’s FLRAA campaign

The Sikorsky-Boeing team behind the SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator has released the first details of the Defiant X coaxial compound helicopter as its offering for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) campaign

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Combat Aircraft Journal March 2021

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal March 2021

EASA green-lights Boeing 737 MAX return

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today (January 27), given its seal of approval to the Boeing 737 MAX, ending a nearly two-year grounding period by allowing the jet to return to the skies in the region.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's Historic Aviation Quiz is here! What can you score out of 10?

GA-ASI demos new self-protection pod on MQ-9

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully completed the flight testing of a newly developed self-protection pod (SPP) on an MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA)

Is this the third runway plan that could ‘rescue’ Heathrow?

Born out of his own experience operating from the London hub, Jock Lowe explains to Key.Aero why his plan is now the only viable option left for expanding the airport

Greece officially orders Rafales, associated support services and munitions

Greece’s acquisition of 18 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters from France marked a major milestone on January 25 after the nation’s government signed three contracts covering the aircraft order, associated support services and munitions

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The smallest jet ever?

It was five metres long, made of wood and only took a month to build. Key.Aero celebrates the tiny but mighty Pa 49 Katy

Clipper Takes Flight in Prepar3D

Software publishers, PILOT'S have released the Boeing B314 Clipper for Prepar3D version 4 and 5.

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VIDEO: Alaska Airlines accepts maiden 737 MAX

Watch our video of the Seattle-based carrier taking delivery of the newly recertified next-generation Boeing narrowbody

Unnamed Asian nation to receive Heron Mk.II drones

Israel Aerospace Industries announced on January 25 that it has signed two deals to supply its Heron Mk.II medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system to an undisclosed country in central Asia

A Coruña Airport now Available from Aerosoft

TDM Scenery Design has announced Airport A Coruña for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Aerosoft’s online shop.

Northrop Grumman awarded US$3.6bn BACN support contract

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a US$3.6bn contract by the US Air Force to continue to provide operational, sustainment and support services for the air arm’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) platforms

Spirit AeroSystems selected to build UK’s first LANCA prototype

Northern Ireland-based Spirit AeroSystems has been awarded a £30m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and manufacture a prototype for the Royal Air Force’s Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) programme

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Boeing 777X first flight one year on – what’s the latest?

A year ago today, the latest version of the world’s most successful widebody airliner took to the skies for the first time. Key.Aero reviews the happenings since the event and assesses the programme’s current status

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 27

Welcome to the 27th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

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The female pilot who refused to be beaten

She planned to be in the air for a month and even celebrated her 25th birthday in the sky. This is the story of Evelyn ‘Bobbi’ Trout…

Paris for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released Landmarks Paris City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Fairey Barracuda VS. Curtiss Helldiver

This week we’re comparing the Fairey Barracuda to the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver...

Convair 990 at 60: Why the world’s fastest subsonic airliner failed

On the anniversary of its first flight, Key.Aero sits down with Shea Oakley, a commercial aviation historian to find out why the jet with big ambitions never lived up to its promised specifications

One man’s untold World War II story

Walter Henry Layne volunteered for duty as Aircrew with the RAF the moment Neville Chamberlain announced a state of war on September 3, 1949. His son David tells his incredible story in this first instalment of a three-part story for MyPast…

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