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Historic

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“I watched Spitfires and Bf 109s battle above me”

Key.Aero reader, Derek Lunn, tells his story of young life in Dover during World War II, from watching dogfights unfold in the skies above him to saving his family’s lives by stopping to sort out his socks…

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First flight of the Gloster Javelin

November 26 marks the 69th year of the first flight of the last design to bear the Gloster name

Historic Aviation Quiz

It's time to enjoy this week's historic aviation quiz!

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FlyPast January 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

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Douglas DC-3 vs Martin 2-0-2 

It might have only been rolling off the production lines for a year, but it was active for 28 years after. The Martin 2-0-2 was designed to replace the DC-3, but was it really up to the task? 

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Military

Swedish Gripen C/D upgrade aims to keep type relevant until mid-2030s

Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration has contracted Saab to upgrade the Swedish Air Force’s entire JAS 39C/D Gripen fleet in a bid to keep the multi-role fighters operationally relevant until the mid-2030s

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Ukraine-Russia War: Analysing the First Month

As Vladimir Putin redirects forces to the Russian-controlled Donbas and Crimean regions, evidence of possible war crimes is coming to light. Khalem Chapman charts recent key events in the conflict

Canadian company to provide ISR drones to Ukraine

Canada-based uncrewed aerial system platform and service provider Volatus Aerospace has announced it has begun the delivery of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to Ukraine

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Commercial

European Air Traffic Showing Signs of Recovery

The number of daily flights in Europe edged above 6,000 per day for the first time since March 24, showing that the recovery in air travel across the region is beginning to take shape. Data from EUROCONTROL shows that on June 2, traffic levels increased above that figure and stayed there for four days in a row.

Eastern Airways Sets Sights on Southampton Restart

UK regional airline, Eastern Airways will resume its growing network of routes from Southampton Airport from June 22. The Humberside-based carrier is expected to relaunch an initial daily weekday service to Belfast/City, Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen followed by a further increase in destinations at later dates.

IAG Chief Threatens Legal Action Over Quarantine Rules

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways’ parent IAG, has said the group is considering taking legal action over the government’s mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving into the UK.

25 Years of the Boeing 777

It was the first commercial aircraft designed on a computer. Now, a quarter of a century on from its first commercial flight, Thomas Haynes speaks to both Boeing and a retired pilot to find out what made the 777 so good – and what to expect from the 777X

Why Were Two Qantas Dreamliners Spotted in Chennai?

Chennai Airport in southeastern India has been graced with the presence of not one, but two Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The jets – which have arrived over the last two days – are both at the facility on repatriation duties.

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Flight Simulation

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Interview with Aerosoft

Winfried Diekmann discusses Aerosoft’s past and future projects

Flight Sim 2019

For many flight simulator enthusiasts, the Flight Sim show at RAF Cosford in the UK is a staple in their annual simulator diets.

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Carenado’s F50

Fokker’s turboprop airliner

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

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."

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."

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."