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Historic

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…

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

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.

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.

What’s it like to fly in a Spitfire?

As Key.Aero’s Assistant Editor, Tara Leggett has an aviation-themed bucket list. Right at the top of it? Flying in a Spitfire. She went to Biggin Hill and strapped herself in…

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Military

US green lights Nigerian AH-1Z purchase

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced government approval for a potential foreign military sale to Nigeria of a dozen AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters

Hungary orders 12 L-39NG jet trainers

Czech aerospace company, Aero Vodochody has just announced a contract with the Hungarian MOD to supply 12 L-39NGs to the Hungarian Air Force, with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in 2024

US $800m Ukraine military aid package includes 11 more Mi-17s

As part of $800m-worth of additional security assistance, the US is to supply an additional 11 Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine along with a range of other military equipment. This supplementary military aid was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on April 13.

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Commercial

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Record- breaking Repatriations

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to tighten the noose...

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Ultimate Airports: Barra

Forming part of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, Barra is home to an airport without a runway...

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Ultimate Airports: Koh Samui

Samui International Airport is located on Koh Samui...

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Bailout or Bust?

Airlines are desperately seeking support to ensure or prolong their survival...

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Ultimate Airports: St Maarten

There is no list of most unusual or beautiful airports in the world that does not include St Maarten...

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Flight Simulation

Archer TX/LX for X-Plane Takes Flight

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design have released the PA-28-181 Archer TX/LX for X-Plane 11.

Embraer E-Jet Family Version 3 Released

FeelThere has announced the Embraer E-Jet family V3 for Prepar3D is officially released.

Alderney for Prepar3D Out Now

The latest UK destination from Orbx is EGJA Alderney Airport for FSX and Prepar3D.

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Airshow London, Canada

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CFB Trenton - Quinte International Air Show 2024

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Wales Airshow

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The airshow website says: "Over two days, some of the best pilots and flying display in the world use the natural amphitheatre of Swansea Bay to show their stuff, pulling off incredible aerial acrobatics. From jets to helicopters, it’s two days of the year not to be missed. And even better – it’s free!"

Columbus AFB - Thunder Over Columbus

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Athens Flying Week 2024 - Tanagra International Air Show

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Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."