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The evolution of Russia's famous Hip heavy-duty helicopter family

We provide an in-depth look at Russia's Mil Mi-8 'Hip' tactical transport helicopter, which is the flying equivalent of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: affordable, functional, robust, widespread and deadly

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Viper's Bite: The Evolution of the F-16

With more than 4,600 aircraft produced, the F-16 is a design masterpiece and a stunning export success. While today's variants may be a world away from the original in terms of capability, the Falcon is still fighting and could win more orders in the future, as Key.Aero explores

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China offers new clues about mysterious H-20 stealth bomber

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has teased the world with a fleeting glimpse of its new H-20 stealth bomber. The bomber’s debut, in a lavish official recruiting video, both confirms expectations and raises questions

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A behind-the-scenes look at NATO's Texas-based jet training programme

We explore the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, which is based with the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and has been teaching student fighter pilots and their instructors since 1981

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History’s most bizarre experimental aircraft, pt2

Whoever thought that the United States Air Force would consider designs that look like something straight out of Inspector Gadget? Read on…

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Secret Comet missions

They might have been viewed as an expensive luxury by the Treasury, but the de Havilland Comets that formed the backbone of RAF signals intelligence collection efforts from 1958-74 were an essential tool...

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THE ‘BUCCANEER’S’ NUCLEAR BITE

One of the type's leading exponents details the Buccaneer's use in the nuclear strike role - a probable 'one-way' mission...

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The teenager behind UA328 pictures tells his story

Last month, photos taken by 17-year-old plane spotter Hayden Smith of a United Airlines Boeing 777 went global. Key.Aero spoke with him about his newfound fame, what he saw and how he captured the perfect pictures.

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FlightLine

Recollections and reflections — a seasoned reporter’s view...

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NIGHTLIFE

RAF IN THE COLD WAR Meteor NF pilotBy the late 1950s, even the...