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Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

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Life Through a Lens

Air-to-Air PhotographyRegular FlyPast contributor Darren Harbar...

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De Havilland at 100: Fatal Success

Tony Buttler delves into the story of de Havilland’s radical ‘bat jet’...

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RESTORATION SCENE: Kriegsmarine Legend

Christian Koenig provides insight into the unique restoration...

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INSIDE STORIES: Unorthodox Codes

Aircraft of several RAF units employed question marks or other symbols in place of a fuselage
code letter...

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Above and Beyond: Tom Bennett

Navigator Tom Bennett played a key role in 617 Squadron’s bombing success...

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DESERT WINGS

Erwan de Cherisey profiles the little-known Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Saqr Al-Jazeera
Aviation Museum...

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman completes first taxi run

Boeing announced on October 22 that its Airpower Teaming System has moved under its own power for the first time, marking a key milestone in the platform’s development

Where are all British Airways’ Boeing 747s now?

With this month’s announcements that two ex-BA jumbos are due to be saved from the scrapheap, Key Aero wanted to find out what happened to the rest of the flag carrier’s near 100-strong fleet

Russia’s last civil Tu-154 performs final flight

The end of an era as the country’s last commercially operated Tu-154 conducts its final flight

Hawk T1/A for Aerofly FS 2

Just Flight, in partnership with Propair Flight, has announced the Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer for Aerofly FS 2 is released.

The cost of a Spitfire (it’ll make your eyes water)

Back in the 1940s, it’s said that a Spitfire would be £5,000 to make. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to what one would set you back now…

What makes the Spitfire so good?

Antony Parkinson MBE might have done over 1000 hours in both the Eurofighter Typhoon and F4 Phantom, but he rates the Spitfire as one of the greatest aeroplanes he’s ever flown. Here’s why

Boeing 777-300ERSF Launch Operator Revealed

The launch customer for the world’s largest twin-engine freighter has been unveiled

Sikorsky to produce six more King Stallions

The US Department of Defense announced on October 26 that it had awarded Sikorsky a US$550m contract modification to produce and deliver six CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters

Infinite Flight 20.2 Released

Infinite Flight has released version 20.2, the second major update of the year.

Stranded in Storage: Has Lufthansa Lost Six 747s?

The Boeing 747-400s were flown into the facility earlier this year and are now stuck

The Spitfire’s first ever flight

Five men all with good reason to smile – the prototype Spitfire had just flown. Ken Ellis sets the scene

The world’s greatest Spitfire collection?

The Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill is home to an incredible group of Spitfires. With tours currently closed due to Covid, Key.Aero gives you a video tour of one of historic aviation’s most impressive places.

Two blokes and a Merlin engine!

Look what Spitfire restorer Tony Hoskins just happened to have in the back of his van! He and Cambridge University engineering professor, Hugh Hunt, discuss one of the great inventions of the 20th Century.

EasyJet sells nine A320s, here’s how much the buyers paid

In a bid to raise cash to help it through the winter, the low-cost carrier agrees the sale of some of its A320 Family aircraft

Boeing, US Navy to demonstrate ramjet missile technology

Boeing revealed on October 20 that it has been contracted by the US Navy to co-develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

Helsinki for X-Plane Released

The latest destination to be released by JustSim is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport for X-Plane 11.

Ecuadorian Air Force receives first two H145Ms

Airbus Helicopters announced on October 27 that it has delivered its first two H145M twin-engine utility helicopters to the Ecuadorian Air Force – the first military customer of the type in South America

R44 Raven II for X-Plane Out Now

VSKYLABS has announced the Robinson R44 Raven II for X-Plane is released.

World’s first A321P2F enters service with Qantas

After nearly two years of work, the jet was delivered to the flag carrier for use on behalf of Australia Post

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