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Historic

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Picture of the Month FlyPast January 2022

Four Pictures of the Week, but only one can be voted Picture of the Month. Find out who you voted to win!

Bristol Bulldog Feature Premium

Incredible colour photos of pre-1950 British fighter aircraft

The early part of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its arrival ushered in a new era of warfare - aerial combat. A new book, British Aviation: The First Half-Century contains over 170 beautifully colourised images of British aircraft produced before 1950. Key.Aero presents a selection of some of our favourite fighter aircraft

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The record breaking North American Sabre

On November 19, 1956 the North American F-86 Sabre set a new world speed record of 698.50mph.

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FlyPast January 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

B.O.A.C.'s first DC-7C, taken at London Airport immediately after its arrival on October 31, the additional centre-section span can clearly be seen in this frontal view.  Photographs copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

BOAC’s first DC-7C

On October 31, 1956 the initial Douglas DC-7C for BOAC touched down in the UK and ‘The Aeroplane’ was there to cast an eye over this new addition to the fleet

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Military

Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after it was revealed that full operating capability for the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter fleet – which was initially planned to be declared in 2023 – has now slipped by two years to 2025

French Navy receives first SAR-configured H160 helicopter

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armament (DGA; General Directorate of Armament), has delivered the first Airbus Helicopters H160B to the French Navy

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Commercial

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Why the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was ahead of its time

On the 51st anniversary of its entry into service, Key.Aero examines the aircraft’s revolutionary technology and considers why despite this, the trijet failed

Airliner World: MRO Americas 2021 - Special Supplement

Don’t miss our special digital edition of Airliner World for the latest insight the across MRO sector, including propulsion systems, maintenance software and component overhauls.

Revealed: World airport traffic rankings for 2020

The results show that the recovery has not been uniform around the world

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What’s the difference between the DC-10 and MD-11?

From a distance, the two trijets look very similar, but what are the main differentiating features of the pair? Key.Aero compares them to find out

SIA 777 suffered EGPWS incident after levelling at 500ft on take-off

A single missing letter in the aircraft’s computer caused it to stop climbing and led to multiple activations of its ground proximity warning system

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Flight Simulation

MSFS World Update IV: France/Benelux Out Now

Asobo Studio has released World Update IV: France/Benelux for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Cowan Sim 500E for X-Plane Updated

X-Plane developer, Cowan Simulation has released its first significant update for the MD500E light utility helicopter, taking it up to version 1.10.

Alta Airport Out Now

The latest Norwegian destination from Aerosoft is Alta Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."

Duxford Summer Air Show D-Day 80

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June."

Shuttleworth Military Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says it will be: "showcasing outstanding and iconic military aircraft which have shaped the course of aviation history."

Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."