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Inside the world’s biggest aircraft carrier

Three years to the day since President Trump commissioned it, we take a closer look at the USS Gerald R. Ford – so big it has space for over 75 aircraft and can launch 220 airstrikes a day.

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B-2 Spirit’s Arctic Mission

Thirty-one years after its first flight on July 17 1989, the B-2 Spirit may meet its replacement next year – but the world’s only flying wing still has a global presence.

Bonus content: Watch dramatic video footage of two B-2 Spirits being refuelled by a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker while on a mission north of the Arctic Circle.

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No 77 Squadron RAAF: Legacy Hornet Walkaround and Pilot Interview

Key.Aero speaks with Flt Lt Em, a junior legacy Hornet pilot with No 77 Squadron RAAF, who gives us an exclusive tour of an F/A-18A and discusses what its like to fly the matured fighter and how it continues to impress the aviators who fly it

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Air Warrior Podcast Episode 9

In Episode 9 of the Air Warrior Podcast we bring you all the latest news from the military aerospace sector and Richard Thomas is in conversation with Leonardo on its AW149 platform.

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Air Warrior Podcast Episode 10

In Episode 10 of the Air Warrior Podcast we bring you all the developments from military aviation, and Richard Thomas speaks with Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCoopers strategy consulting business, on its landmark report into the UK’s aerospace and defence sector

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Air Warrior Podcast Episode 4

While defence procurement enjoyed a bumper week, Modern Military Group Editor Alan Warnes speaks with Aero Vodochody on its L-39NG military jet trainer to learn more about the latest developments from the programmes and potential new markets for the aircraft

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European Mi-24/35 Survey: The Last Hinds

A formidable gunship and a veteran of the Cold War, the Mil Mi-24/35 is one of the most recognisable attack helicopters in the world. This week, Key.Aero will survey the seven remaining European operators of the venerable Hind, which looks set to decrease in the coming years

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Air Warrior Podcast Episode 12

In Episode 12 of the Air Warrior Podcast Alan Warnes speaks with Gary Waterfall, senior defence advisor for September’s DSEI exhibition and conference, on what visitors can expect as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to ease

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Air Warrior Podcast Episode 14

We look back in an interview with a former US Navy F/A-18 Squadron Commander on his frontline experiences and the role that airpower played in the years of combat operations in Afghanistan.

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The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 18

Episode 18 of The Air Warrior Podcast speaks with BAE Systems on its Tempest programme, intended to introduce a sixth-generation fighter for the Royal Air Force for the mid-2030s.

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The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 20

In Episode 20 of The Air Warrior Podcast we sit down with a Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H loadmaster to discuss his experiences from 10 gruelling days spent operating in support of the recent Kabul airlift.

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RAF reforms 30 Squadron as A400M unit

The RAF officially marked the reformation of No 30 Squadron as an Airbus A400M Atlas C1 tactical transport unit during a ceremony that was attended by Princess Anne at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on September 28

An F-111E outside a hardened aircraft shelter at Upper Heyford. USAF/Staff Sergeant David S Nolan Article

Flying the F-111E in the UK, roles and memorable sorties

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls what it was like flying in the UK and describes a typical F-111 low-level training sortie

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Avro Vulcan pilot John LeBrun on bomb loads

Whilst the Vulcan was capable of carrying conventional payloads, it originally formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, as retired Vulcan pilot John LeBrun discusses

A NFWS F-14 and F/A-18 are shown here in light-blue camouflage. These aircraft were flown as “red air” (adversary) and “blue air” (friendly) aircraft. Twomey Article

Meet the author who interviewed 450 TOPGUN aircrew

In a video interview with Key.Aero, Brad Elward, the author of 'TOPGUN – The Legacy’ discusses his book which covers the full 50-year history of TOPGUN. The book includes interviews with over 450 former instructors, graduates, and commanding officers, plus references to the development and evolution of air combat and air combat training in the US Air Force and US Navy