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Historic

Inside the wartime Spitfire factory

Jonathan Garraway examines the vast Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory and its prodigious output.

How hard is it to restore a Spitfire?

Key.Aero heads to the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, one of the world’s great Spitfire collections

Rescheduled Night Shoot at Duxford

Duxford have rescheduled their Night Shoot for Saturday October 24 - and there are still tickets available!

Weekly Historic Quiz

How will you fare in this week's historic quiz?

First flight of the Bristol Beaufort Torpedo Bomber

October 15 marks the anniversary of the Bristol Beaufort’s inaugural flight. Key.Aero takes a brief look into the history of the aircraft…

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Military

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Reflecting on CSG21 with the USMC's F-35B-equipped VMFA-211

Equipped with British and American F-35Bs, HMS Queen Elizabeth successfully completed her first operational deployment in December 2021. US Navy Lt Cdr Rick Burgess (Ret) details the mission through the eyes of VMFA-211 – the USMC F-35B unit that embarked on the carrier – and how it further strengthened the UK-US alliance

Embraer delivers final modernised AF-1B Skyhawk to Brazilian Navy

The modernisation of Brazil’s McDonnell Douglas AF-1B/C Skyhawk fighter-interceptor/ground attack aircraft fleet has been completed by Embraer, with the final example being handed back to the Brazilian Navy during a ceremony on April 20

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Battle of Antonov Airport: Analysis of the Attack

Babak Taghvee provides analysis on the Battle of Antonov Airport, which resulted in the loss of one of the most iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies, the Antonov An-225 Mriya

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Commercial

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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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Ultimate Airports: The Mega Hubs - Atlanta

The gradual rise of worldwide mega-airports stemmed from...

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SkyTeam at 20

The rise of SkyTeam has been an impressive achievement...

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Rising to the Challenge

James Wyatt, general manager of Germany-based air cargo consultancy, aeroconcept, analyses...

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Ultimate Airports: Funchal

The Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira is 400 miles west of the African coast of Morocco...

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Flight Simulation

Grand Caravan for X-Plane Ready for Take-Off

Carenado has released the C208B Grand Caravan EX G1000 version for X-Plane 11.

Thunder in the Air

The DCS: JF-17 Thunder by Deka Ironworks is now available for download on the DCS World e-Shop and Steam.

Gothenburg Landvetter Released

Orbx has announced ESGG Gothenburg Landvetter Airport for Prepar3D v4 is now available.

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Upcoming Events

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."

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.

Wings Over Whiteman 2024 Air and Space Show

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Whiteman AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display

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Guernsey, United Kingdom

The event website states:"Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for over 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft alongside aerobatic and awe inspiring display teams."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."