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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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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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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

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Italy celebrates 60 years of the Frecce Tricolori

With the distinction of being the world’s largest military aerobatic team and one of Italy’s national symbols, the Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori marked a major milestone on March 1, when it celebrated its 60th anniversary

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USAF accepts its first F-15EX

The USAF formally accepted its first F-15EX at Boeing’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, on March 10 – just over a month after the multi-role fighter graced the skies for the first time

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VIDEO: RAF discusses new 'Union Jack' livery for Typhoon display

The RAF rolled out a new ‘Union Jack’ inspired paint scheme for the display jet of the Typhoon Display Team last month. At the unveiling, we spoke with Wg Cdr Jim Calvert, the officer commanding No 29 Squadron, about the role of his unit and the fighter’s colourful new livery

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WATCH: Antonov An-225 lands at RAF Brize Norton

Aviation enthusiasts flocked to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon (June 24) as the Antonov An-225 Mriya - the world's largest strategic transport aircraft - touched down at the Oxfordshire base

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Saluting the C-5 Galaxy!

From Vietnam to a host of humanitarian missions, the US Air Force’s largest aircraft has been using its heavy-lifting capabilities for 50 years. And it’s still got at least another two decades left in it yet…

An F-111E dropping bombs. USAF/TSGT Jose Lopez Article

F-111E exercises and weapons detachments

Lt Col Nick Frasca (ret’d) recalls the exercises and weapons detachments he participated in while flying with the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing

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America has spent $18 Trillion on defence in the last 50 years

The US Defence Budget is actually bigger than the GDPs of 191 countries.