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Restoring a de Havilland Sea Venom

Getting a 1950s naval jet fighter back to its original condition is a painstaking business…

De Havilland's all-wooden wartime assault glider

In the pre-helicopter age, sending troops behind enemy lines meant packing them into a plywood glider like this…

The Vampire and the jet age

Originally called the Spider Crab, the Vampire ushered in a new era for de Havilland, and was used by some air forces until the end of the 1980s.

The airliner that changed aviation forever

On Sir Geoffrey de Havilland’s 67th birthday in 1949, the aircraft that propelled the world into the jet age took to the skies for the first time. Key Aero examines the history of the revolutionary DH.106 Comet

Lufthansa Reveals Fate of A380 and A340 Fleet

As part of the third round of restructuring measures the German flag carrier has taken further drastic actions to lower costs and rightsize its fleet for the future

Inside the de Havilland Mosquito B35 bomber

Watch our video of the Mosquito’s interior – these are the conditions that pilots and navigators faced…

The ground-attack Mosquito that used cigarette technology

Used for daring, low-flying raids, the Mosquito FB MkVI packed huge firepower – partly thanks to some ingenious thinking from an unlikely source.

The Mosquito’s 272kg bomb

Known as the ‘Highball’, only 200 were ever made. Watch footage of one that was raised up from the bottom of a Scottish loch – 74 years after being dropped by a Mosquito from 618 Squadron.

Made of wood, held together with four bolts: de Havilland’s WW2 game-changer

From being turned down by the Ministry of Defence to becoming de Havilland’s greatest wartime aircraft, the story behind the Mosquito – and the incredible engineering behind it – showed aviation ingenuity at its very best.

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AIR International October 2020

Welcome to AIR International October 2020

Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Mosquito

Two months’ of meticulous planning, calculated to deliver the decisive blow, was unleashed by the Allies at 13:00 hours on February 22, 1945. A massive daylight offensive was targeting enemy transport and communication systems.

Why did a 787 fly above 1,000 microphones 88 times?

Over an eight-day period, Boeing flew a Dreamliner with more than 200 acoustic sensors attached to it over a set of ground-based microphones 88 times. Here’s why…

JetBlue Reveals Transatlantic Tail Design

The New York-based carrier unveiled the new tail for the first aircraft it intends to use to begin London services next year

He opened the Hornet Moth door over the Channel... and refuelled it in mid-air!

For sheer audacity and bravery, this story of a daring World War II escape takes some beating.

De Havilland's half-plane, half-helicopter

Meet the Autogiro: built in secret and incorporating some seriously radical thinking for the early 1930s.

The de Havilland Hornet Moth

Enclosed cockpit, side-by-side seats and room for the golf clubs: enter the 1930s and de Havilland’s touring aircraft.

Operation Firedog: Last of the Hornets

A pictorial tribute to the last RAF piston-engined fighters in front line service

Which airlines still use the Boeing 767?

Boeing’s first widebody twinjet has been in service for more than 40 years – but how many airlines continue to use the aircraft for passenger services? Key.Aero finds out...

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Aircraft Report: T-1A Jayhawk

For almost 30 years, Raytheon’s T-1A Jayhawk has provided USAF student pilots with advanced flying training before they transition to the service’s airlift and tanker aircraft

Alesund Vigra Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Orbx has announced ENAL Alesund Vigra Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Airbus reveals zero-emission concepts

The European airframer has unveiled a trio of designs for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which it says could enter service by 2035

Moth Minor Miracle

Craig P Justo describes the rebirth of Australian Mark Carr’s superb DH.94

The incredible engineering of the DH.88 Comet

Just 14 years after de Havilland was founded, they made a wooden aircraft that flew from England to Melbourne in just over 70 hours. As this video shows, the design was a thing of beauty.

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

De Havilland started the 1930s with a reliable training aircraft that would have military use right until the end of the ’50s.

Tiger Moth pilots used bricks for bomb training!

It was an unlikely way to prepare a pilot for combat – and, as this video shows – it didn’t quite have the desired outcome…

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