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‘Flying Tigers’ set up to become USMC’s first East Coast F-35B unit

MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina will soon be added to the ever-growing list of operational F-35B Lightning II locations after Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) ‘Flying Tigers’ formally started the transition process from the AV-8B Harrier II to the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

US Navy’s ‘Vanguard’ squadron completes final MH-53E flight

After nearly 45 years of flying Sikorsky’s family of H-53 Sea Stallion helicopters in US Navy service, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) ‘Vanguard’ has completed its final operational MH-53E Sea Dragon flight ahead of the unit’s planned deactivation in July 2023

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 123

Welcome to the 123rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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France's tenth A330-243MRTT Phénix tanker takes flight

The tenth Airbus A330-243MRTT Phénix multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for the French Air and Space Force completed its first post-conversion test flight on November 25

Royal Navy completes life-extending Merlin HC4/4A upgrade

The upgrade of the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force's 25-strong Merlin HC3/3A helicopter fleet to HC4/4A standard has been completed

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Viking Warriors: What does the future hold for the Royal Danish Air Force?

The main role of the Royal Danish Air Force is similar to most European air forces – protecting national airspace. One factor that sets it apart, however, is the responsibility to patrol Greenland’s vast expanses, writes AirForces Monthly

UK, France take on simulated air threat in Exercise Griffin Dawn

RAF-operated Typhoon FGR4s and F-35B Lightning IIs recently joined forces with Rafale B/C (F3-R) multi-role fighters from the French Air and Space Force to respond to a simulated air threat during Exercise Griffin Dawn

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New F-16C colour-bird for USAF’s ‘Wild Ducks’

A new Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon colour-bird for the USAF’s 309th Fighter Squadron ‘Wild Ducks’ was spotted at Luke AFB, Arizona, after completing its first flight in its striking new livery on November 18

US approves sale of CH-47F Chinooks to South Korea

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of 18 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters, complete with related equipment and support services, to South Korea for an estimated cost of $1.5bn

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Bahrain shows off upgraded AH-1FB Cobras

Two upgraded Royal Bahraini Air Force AH-1FB Cobras made their public debut during the latest edition of the Bahrain International Airshow, held from November 9-11, 2022

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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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