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The inside story of Exercise Air Defender 23

A giant exercise under Luftwaffe leadership saw a mass deployment of fighters from the US to Germany to train with their European partners, as Dr Stefan Petersen reports

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 155

Welcome to the 155th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Czech F-35A acquisition gains US approval

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of 24 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters, related equipment, munitions and training/logistical support services to the Czech Republic for an estimated cost of $5.62bn

New Zealand declares Poseidon fleet operational as final aircraft arrives

The Royal New Zealand Air Force declared its newly acquired Boeing P-8A Poseidon fleet operational on July 1, just weeks before the air arm welcomed its fourth and final example of the US-built maritime patrol aircraft to RNZAF Base Ohakea, near Palmerston North in the Manawatu, on July 17

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Lives ‘put at risk’ as Russian fighter buzzes USAF MC-12W over Syria

Pentagon officials have said lives were ‘put at risk’ when a Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighter jet from the Russian Aerospace Forces came perilously close to a USAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft over Syria

USAF C-21As end 32-year CENTCOM mission

Having spent 32 years on continuous operations in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, the Learjet C-21A has departed the area for its new home at Scott AFB in Illinois

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How the F-35 has been adapted for life on US Navy supercarriers

An overview of the F-35C Carrier Variant in operation with the US Navy and US Marine Corps

VIDEO: F-35 test pilot reveals what the Lightning II is like to fly

In this final video Tony ‘Brick’ Wilson, Lockheed Martin’s Chief of Fighter Flight Operations and an F-35 test pilot, tells Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara what the Lightning II is like to fly and what makes the fighter so special

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Royal F-35s – the UK’s stealthy defenders of the realm

An overview of the F-35B-equipped UK Lightning Force from a Key Publishing special magazine on the stealth fighter

VIDEO: How a new F-35 is tested before delivery

In this second video Tony ‘Brick’ Wilson, Lockheed Martin’s Chief of Fighter Flight Operations and also an F-35 test pilot, describes to Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara the testing a Lightning II undergoes from rolling off the production line to delivery to the customer.

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The Latest Military Aviation News All in One Place

This is the only website you need for the latest in military aviation news and analysis with specialist webpages focusing on the fastest and largest aircraft in the world, the airforces and their pilots. From this central hub you can find links to the many categories of articles within Key.Aero that provide that in-depth coverage of military aviation. Learn about the varied facets of military aviation, its history and its fighters, transports and the airshows where they can all be seen on static display or in flying displays overhead.

Airforce and Military Aircraft News

All the latest news you will want to read about the airforces of the world, large and small can be found in this one place. The United States airforce, the Russian Federation airforce, the Republic of Korea airforce, and China’s People’s Liberation Army airforce, have some of the largest fleets in the world. The challenges that face these airforces, and others, range from the management of ageing fleets to working with industry to develop the latest aircraft technologies for the entry into service of fifth generation and stealth capable fighters and bombers.

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Military Fighters Aircraft and Combat Aircraft

Discover everything about the deadliest military fighter aircraft in the world in this section. Links to expert resources and articles can be found here for the fast jets from the world’s biggest manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau, China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, and the European consortium that is Eurofighter Typhoon. News and analysis of their aircrafts’ capabilities are easy to find along with comprehensive background information of the world’s key models and makes of fighter. The Mach 2 capable Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle air superiority fighter, able to intercept an enemy’s fighters at long range, the agile Sukhoi Su-35 designed to win up close engagements with its thrust vectoring; and the radar defeating stealth aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the F-117 Knighthawk, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II, can all be found here along with many other fast jets.

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Military Transport Aircraft

The largest aircraft in any fleet, in this section you can discover the history of, and the latest technology developments for, these behemoths of the sky. With huge wingspans and multiple engines, the global nature of conflict since the 20th century has required the international reach of these massive long-haul aircraft. From the United States Airforce’s Lockheed C-5 Galaxy to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan of the Russian Federation airforce and the Airbus A400M used by various other European airforces, the military transport aircraft carrying men and materials around the world can be found in this comprehensive resource.

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Military Aircraft Shows

The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Cosford air show, China’s Zhuai airshow, Germany’s ILA Berlin and Russia’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon are all shows that provide fantastic opportunities to see, hear and learn about the latest in military aircraft from fast jets to strategic bombers. Key.Aero’s military aircraft show section will keep you up to date with the latest news provided by its reporters attending these major airshows, and others, around the world that have military displays presenting the latest capabilities.

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