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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

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

New nations take over NATO Baltic Air Policing missions

New NATO fighter rotations took place on March 31 via official handover ceremonies held at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

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Analysis: Europe's fighter fleets

Faced with competition from the US, European aerospace firms are pressing ahead with fourth- and 4.5-generation platforms such as the Gripen, Typhoon and Rafale

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Commercial

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Innovation in the Desert

Abu Dhabi-based Strata Manufacturing has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary...

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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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Flight Simulation

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

Aerosoft A330 professional Ready for Take-Off

Aerosoft has announced the A330 professional is now available for Prepar3D version 4.5+.

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IWM Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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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."

IWM Duxford Flying Days: The Americans

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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."

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

Duxford Flying Finale

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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".