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The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 138

Welcome to the 138th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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The first-ever Boeing 757’s pivotal role testing F-22 technology

Forty years after its maiden flight, the first Boeing 757 continues to earn its keep. For most of its existence the aircraft has played a significant role supporting the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter. David Willis details the career of the aircraft – unofficially dubbed the Catfish

First four ex-Slovak Air Force MiG-29s depart for Ukraine

On March 23, the first four of the 13 recently retired from active service from the Slovak Air Force have been transferred to Ukraine

RAF P-8A Poseidon works with Royal Navy warship in the Baltic Sea

A Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has been conducting exercises with HMS Mersey, a Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel

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Net zero by 2040: RAF chief's ambitious plan to go green examined

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, the RAF’s most senior officer, has steered his service through a period of great change, and his tenure as Chief of the Air Staff has not been without controversy and criticism – but nor has it been without achievement. Jon Lake reports.

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New Zealand’s multirole military Boeing 757s

For 20 years the Royal New Zealand Air Force has operated two Boeing 757s. The aircraft have performed many and varied missions from Antarctica to the Pacific Islands, and from the Middle East to Europe, but a replacement is overdue. Jim Winchester reports

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Combat Aircraft Journal May 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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Does the United States need an all-stealth air force?

Is stealth really a necessity in military aviation? Charlie Clark examines the options for air arms

UK axes another C-130J, leaving just a handful in RAF service

Another RAF-operated Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules C4 tactical transport has arrived at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group’s facility at Cambridge Airport in Cambridgeshire for disposal, leaving just a handful of airframes in UK military service

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Croatian Mi-8s being prepped for transfer to Ukraine at Zagreb

Following the announcement that Croatia will donate 14 Hip helicopters to Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against invading Russian forces, the Mi-8s of the Divulje-based 395th Transport Helicopter Squadron have been gathered together on the military ramp at Zagreb Franjo Tudjman Airport and adjoining Zrakoplovo-Tehnicki Centar (ZTC)

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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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