Military Aviation & Aircraft

Key.Aero offers comprehensive and unparalleled coverage of the world’s air forces. Find out about the latest military and aerospace technology, view in-depth features on military conflicts, weaponry and exercises, read exclusive personnel interviews and enjoy superb colour photography by the world’s leading aviation photographers.

Black Sea Fleet naval pilots begin Ka-31R flight training

Khalem Chapman

The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has started training crews to fly its new Kamov Ka-31R airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopter.

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USAF purchases two AT-6C Wolverines

Khalem Chapman

Textron Aviation Defense has announced that the US Air Force (USAF) has now officially purchased two AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft.

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RNLAF renews PC-7 maintenance contract with RUAG

Khalem Chapman

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has renewed a contract with RUAG MRO Switzerland to provide propeller maintenance to its Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer fleet.

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The Airborne Connector

Tom Kaminski

A US Air Force aircraft type that had quietly gone about its trade for nearly 15 years came into sharp focus after a crash in Afghanistan. Combat Aircraft Journal examines the role of the E-11A BACN.

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Warthogs of Crow Mountain

Chen Chuanren

As the US Department of Defense looks to prune the A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet, Combat Aircraft Journal highlights the work of the 25th Fighter Squadron ‘Assam Draggins’, the only forward-deployed A-10 unit.

Chen Chuanren

Second RAF Poseidon arrives in the UK

Khalem Chapman

The second Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) has arrived in the UK.

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USAF B-2s return to Europe

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Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have arrived in Europe as part of a Bomber Task Force deployment.

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Exercises Frisian Flag, Cold Response cancelled due to COVID-19

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The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cancelled Exercise Frisian Flag – which was due to be hosted at Leeuwarden Air Base from March 23 to April 3 – in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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High-End in Hawaii

Rob van Disseldorp

Combat Aircraft Journal heads to Hawaii to witness Exercise ‘Sentry Aloha’ as the resident Raptors go up against visiting fighters for valuable dissimilar training.

Rob van Disseldorp

First Alaskan F-35A takes flight

Khalem Chapman

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II destined to operate from Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, has flown for the first time.

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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.

See all the latest airforce news here.

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.

Find out more about military fighter aircraft.

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.

See all of our articles on military air shows.