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Historic

Vulcan and Victor - their mini delta precursors

Tony Buttler examines the scale test-beds that preceded the Victor and the Vulcan – and V-bombers that might have been

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FlyPast March 2024

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Historic Aviation Quiz: US Navy Phantom Edition

With January 12 marking the 51st anniversary of a United States Navy (USN) F-4 Phantom claiming the 197th and final US air-to-air ‘kill’ of the Vietnam War, we dedicate this week’s quiz to McDonnell Douglas’ ‘Double Ugly’ in USN service...

Classic jetliners lined up for restoration in Greece

BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale

‘Czech’ Hurricane to fly soon

Battle of France veteran fighter refinished in Duxford-based Czechoslovak squadron markings

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Military

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Swiss Air Force Yorknite 2024 deployment dates

The Swiss Air Force has confirmed to Key.Aero the dates of its annual night flying Yorknite deployment to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

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Red Arrows gear up for 60th anniversary season

The iconic aerobatic display team have returned to nine jets for the landmark season

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AIR International March 2024

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Commercial

Concorde captain on JFK departure and going supersonic

A former British Airways Concorde captain talks through the unique take-off from runway 31L at the New York hub and the transonic acceleration process

VIDEO: Former BA captain Jock Lowe talks Concorde

On the 45th anniversary of Concorde’s first scheduled flight, Key.Aero caught up with Jock Lowe, the longest-serving pilot of the supersonic airliner and British Airways’ former director of flight operations

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Your essential 2023 Dubai Airshow debrief

Dubai Airshow 2023 produced some interesting aircraft orders – maybe not for the numbers, but for the stories behind them. Richard Schuurman reports from the UAE

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Norse Atlantic makes historic Antarctic Dreamliner landing

Norse Atlantic Airways has made history by operating the first-ever landing of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Antarctica.

New premium cabins for Boeing BBJ 737

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has revealed that it has developed pre-designed cabin layouts for its 737-7 jet.

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Flight Simulation

Abu Dhabi Yas Island for MSFS released

iniBuilds has released Abu Dhabi Yas Island for Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

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Air Combat Simulation – Part 6

In this instalment, we explore the ‘art’ of aerial gunnery and discuss why hitting a target while moving within a three-dimensional environment is one of the most challenging aspects of dogfighting.

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Airports of the  Pacific Northwest

With the recent release by Roman Design of CYYJ Victoria International Airport, four major destinations in the Pacific Northwest are now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we travel to the region and explore all four airports.

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Upcoming Events

CFB Trenton - Quinte International Air Show 2024

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Trenton, Canada

Royal Canadian Air Force airshow

Light Aircraft Association Rally

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Leicester, United Kingdom

Light aircraft event

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Columbus AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."

JB Charleston Airshow 2024 Heroes of Flight

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North Charleston, United States

US military airshow