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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…

Boeing 777-300ERSF Launch Operator Revealed

The launch customer for the world’s largest twin-engine freighter has been unveiled

Sikorsky to produce six more King Stallions

The US Department of Defense announced on October 26 that it had awarded Sikorsky a US$550m contract modification to produce and deliver six CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters

Infinite Flight 20.2 Released

Infinite Flight has released version 20.2, the second major update of the year.

Stranded in Storage: Has Lufthansa Lost Six 747s?

The Boeing 747-400s were flown into the facility earlier this year and are now stuck

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 Spitfire’s first ever flight

Five men all with good reason to smile – the prototype Spitfire had just flown. Ken Ellis sets the scene

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.

EasyJet sells nine A320s, here’s how much the buyers paid

In a bid to raise cash to help it through the winter, the low-cost carrier agrees the sale of some of its A320 Family aircraft

Boeing, US Navy to demonstrate ramjet missile technology

Boeing revealed on October 20 that it has been contracted by the US Navy to co-develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

Helsinki for X-Plane Released

The latest destination to be released by JustSim is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport for X-Plane 11.

Ecuadorian Air Force receives first two H145Ms

Airbus Helicopters announced on October 27 that it has delivered its first two H145M twin-engine utility helicopters to the Ecuadorian Air Force – the first military customer of the type in South America

R44 Raven II for X-Plane Out Now

VSKYLABS has announced the Robinson R44 Raven II for X-Plane is released.

World’s first A321P2F enters service with Qantas

After nearly two years of work, the jet was delivered to the flag carrier for use on behalf of Australia Post

Notodden Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released ENNO Notodden Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Spitfire’s elliptical wing explained

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

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…

BAE Systems to design Skyborg drone for USAF

The US Air Force has contracted BAE Systems to develop an attritable air vehicle system for the air arm’s Skyborg programme, the company announced on October 22

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 14

Welcome to the 14th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

You won't believe what the Dreamliner could’ve been called

The Boeing 787 has been in commercial service for nearly a decade now, but where did its name come from and what else could it have been called?

Sweden to retain Gripen C/D for at least another decade

On October 23, Saab outlined the Swedish Air Force’s plan to upgrade and retain two squadrons of Gripen C/D multi-role fighters for at least another decade

Airliner World: MRO Transatlantic 2020 – Special Supplement

This year has proved to be a turbulent one for many in the aviation sector. Amid the uncertainty, we are delighted to be able to present to you a special supplement for a very special event.

CONFIRMED: Negus BA 747 to be preserved at Kemble

A second jumbo operated by the Heathrow-based carrier is saved from the scrapheap

The pub where Spitfire pilots drank

Key.Aero meets two Spitfire experts at The Eagle in Cambridge, a place with a poignant tribute to the pilots who gave their lives.

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