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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…

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.

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 Spitfire’s elliptical wing explained

Spitfire aficionados Tony Hoskins and Hugh Hunt discuss the design of the most famous aircraft wing ever made.

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Military

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Unit Report: Portugal's Falcões & Jaguares

As the Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, Esquadra 201 and 301, operating the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon, continues to be the tip of the spear. Key's Josef Campion visits the two units in Monte Real

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Inside the RCAF's $600m fleet avionics upgrade

Safety and efficiency are at the heart of a major avionics upgrade to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet. Dr Joetey Attariwala takes a closer look

Italy receives first Gulfstream G550 multi-mission aircraft

The Italian Air Force announced on March 29 that its first Gulfstream G550 aircraft for the Multisensor Multi-Mission System (MMMS) programme has arrived at Pratica di Mare Air Base in Pomezia, Lazio, following a nine-hour direct flight from Dallas, Texas

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Commercial

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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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Ultimate Airports: Courchevel

Situated on the side of a mountain in the French Alps, Courchevel...

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Ultimate Airports: Saba and Saint Barthélemy

The Caribbean island of Saba in the Lesser Antilles is officially home to the world's shortest runway...

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Flight Simulation

PC Pilot Issue 125 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the January/February 2020 issue.

X-Plane Mobile with Global Scenery Now Available

The latest update to X-Plane Mobile is now available on Android and iOS.

Düsseldorf for X-Plane

JustSim has released Düsseldorf Airport EDDL V2 for X-Plane 11

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

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."

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."

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."

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.