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Ever wondered how the Battle of Britain film was created?

Watch exclusive interviews with pilot John Preece, and Spitfire historian Peter Arnold about filming the best-known historic aviation movie of all time to find out.

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Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

The complete guide to commercial aeroplanes in movies

“I wonder how many films planes have been in?” said someone on a Key.Aero work call the other week. So we started digging. And then we kept going and going. Here are the very geeky results!

Mitsubishi to “temporarily pause” SpaceJet development

After reports earlier this week in Japanese media, the firm revealed today that it would temporarily stop the development of its regional jet programme

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H P HALIFAX EXHIBITION: Finding the Fallen

A personal connection to the loss of a Handley Page Halifax in June 1944...

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HANDLEY PAGE HP.42: 'Built-in Headwind'

Ken Ellis explains why the Handley Page HP.42 was the Concorde of its day...

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Remembering ‘The Few’

FlyPast reports from Aero Legends’ weather-stricken Battle of Britain Airshow...

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FlyPast December 2020

Welcome to FlyPast December 2020

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B-25 OLD GLORY: Pacific Odyssey

As Laura DiRado explains, while most of this year’s end of World War Two anniversary events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

What made the Spitfire better than the Bf-109?

With nearly half its weight coming from the Merlin engine, the Spitfire’s light body gave it speed and manoeuvrability – two qualities that helped it defeat its Messerschmitt rival.

The World’s Greatest Spitfire collection, part 2

Covid has temporarily scuppered organised tours of the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, so we went to have a mooch ourselves to give you a feel for it. Here’s the second part of our guided tour…

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NIEUPORT 17/23: Facsimile Fighter

The French Nieuport 23 offered outstanding performance...

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The Autographed Bomber: 5,000th B-17

Jeff Huston explains how the 5,000th Boeing B-17 to leave the firm’s Seattle factory was signed...

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Life Through a Lens

Air-to-Air PhotographyRegular FlyPast contributor Darren Harbar...

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De Havilland at 100: Fatal Success

Tony Buttler delves into the story of de Havilland’s radical ‘bat jet’...

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RESTORATION SCENE: Kriegsmarine Legend

Christian Koenig provides insight into the unique restoration...

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INSIDE STORIES: Unorthodox Codes

Aircraft of several RAF units employed question marks or other symbols in place of a fuselage
code letter...

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Above and Beyond: Tom Bennett

Navigator Tom Bennett played a key role in 617 Squadron’s bombing success...

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DESERT WINGS

Erwan de Cherisey profiles the little-known Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Saqr Al-Jazeera
Aviation Museum...

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GLORY DAYS: Star Attractions

Besides operational types, the USAAF flew various British-built ancillary aircraft during
World War Two...

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CURTISS HELLDIVER: Beauty and the Beast

Filipe Silva investigates the forgotten image...

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FLYPAST CLASSICS: Arado Ar 234

The Arado Ar 234 has a special place in aviation...

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman completes first taxi run

Boeing announced on October 22 that its Airpower Teaming System has moved under its own power for the first time, marking a key milestone in the platform’s development

Where are all British Airways’ Boeing 747s now?

With this month’s announcements that two ex-BA jumbos are due to be saved from the scrapheap, Key Aero wanted to find out what happened to the rest of the flag carrier’s near 100-strong fleet

Russia’s last civil Tu-154 performs final flight

The end of an era as the country’s last commercially operated Tu-154 conducts its final flight

Hawk T1/A for Aerofly FS 2

Just Flight, in partnership with Propair Flight, has announced the Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer for Aerofly FS 2 is released.

What makes the Spitfire so good?

Antony Parkinson MBE might have done over 1000 hours in both the Eurofighter Typhoon and F4 Phantom, but he rates the Spitfire as one of the greatest aeroplanes he’s ever flown. Here’s why

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