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Historic

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

Design secrets of the Spitfire

Revolutionary flush riveting that increased top speed, and seats made out of the last material you’d expect: watch this video to uncover some of the Spitfire’s hidden but ingenious engineering.

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…

The Spitfire’s elliptical wing explained

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

The Spitfire world record holder

Straight after Flt Lt Charlie Brown notched an astonishing 1,500 hours flying Spitfires, Key.Aero spoke to him about what makes this iconic aircraft so special.

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Military

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Brazil’s 1st GDA: maintaining the F-5EM and preparing for the Gripen

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on Brazil’s 1st Air defense group, its fleet of F-5EMs and its preparation for the F-39E Gripen

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Ireland’s PC-9M fleet close to gaining new weapons capability

The Irish Air Corps (IAC) are close to signing a contract with Austrian company Airborne Technologies (ABT) for three Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance (SCAR) Pod systems to attach to its PC-9M fleet

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USAF opts for E-7 as E-3 AWACS replacement

The US Air Force has decided to replace a portion of its E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System fleet with the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, with a contract award planned in fiscal year 2023

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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

TrueEarth US Northern California HD for X-Plane

The latest TrueEarth scenery pack to be released by Orbx is US Northern California HD for X-Plane 11.

Challenging Airports - Saint Barthelemy

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."- Captain A. G. Lamplugh

Microsoft Flight Simulator Development Update

The Microsoft team has revealed they have partnered with several aerospace manufacturers...

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McConnell AFB - Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow

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Wichita, United States

US Air Force airshow

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."

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."

Offutt AFB - Defenders of Freedom Air and Space Show

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Bellevue, United States

US Air Force airshow

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!"