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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.

How de Havilland pioneered the flight simulator

Even as far back as the 1930s, de Havilland had thought of an ingenious way to train pilots…

Twenty years and counting: restoring a Dragon Rapide

Bringing a 1930s biplane back to life is difficult and time-consuming, but this classic de Havilland will be incredible when it’s finished.

The Sea Vixen: 17 tons of naval jet fighter

Operational throughout the 1960s, the Sea Vixen was a 55ft-long beast capable of 690mph.

How de Havilland moved into air-to-air missiles

With propellers on the way out, de Havilland upped the stakes and started producing some serious weaponry…

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

Back by popular demand, can you identify these airlines based upon small cropped portions of their liveries? Let us know what score you got and share with your friends to see who's the real #avgeek!

De Havilland’s last airliner design

On the 100th anniversary of de Havilland, Key Aero examines the history of the DH.121 – later the Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident – which was the Hatfield-based airframer’s final airliner design before its merger in 1960.

Venoms of the East

Malcolm Payne remembers his days flying with 28 Squadron in Hong Kong...

How Helsinki Airport is using dogs to fight COVID-19

In a bid to test new and efficient ways of reducing the spread of COVID-19, the operators of Helsinki Airport have enlisted some canine help

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Japan World Update

The Microsoft Flight Simulator development team has announced World Update I: Japan at the Tokyo Game Show 2020.

Restoring a de Havilland Sea Venom

Getting a 1950s naval jet fighter back to its original condition is a painstaking business…

De Havilland's all-wooden wartime assault glider

In the pre-helicopter age, sending troops behind enemy lines meant packing them into a plywood glider like this…

The Vampire and the jet age

Originally called the Spider Crab, the Vampire ushered in a new era for de Havilland, and was used by some air forces until the end of the 1980s.

The airliner that changed aviation forever

On Sir Geoffrey de Havilland’s 67th birthday in 1949, the aircraft that propelled the world into the jet age took to the skies for the first time. Key Aero examines the history of the revolutionary DH.106 Comet

Lufthansa Reveals Fate of A380 and A340 Fleet

As part of the third round of restructuring measures the German flag carrier has taken further drastic actions to lower costs and rightsize its fleet for the future

Inside the de Havilland Mosquito B35 bomber

Watch our video of the Mosquito’s interior – these are the conditions that pilots and navigators faced…

The ground-attack Mosquito that used cigarette technology

Used for daring, low-flying raids, the Mosquito FB MkVI packed huge firepower – partly thanks to some ingenious thinking from an unlikely source.

The Mosquito’s 272kg bomb

Known as the ‘Highball’, only 200 were ever made. Watch footage of one that was raised up from the bottom of a Scottish loch – 74 years after being dropped by a Mosquito from 618 Squadron.

Made of wood, held together with four bolts: de Havilland’s WW2 game-changer

From being turned down by the Ministry of Defence to becoming de Havilland’s greatest wartime aircraft, the story behind the Mosquito – and the incredible engineering behind it – showed aviation ingenuity at its very best.

Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Mosquito

Two months’ of meticulous planning, calculated to deliver the decisive blow, was unleashed by the Allies at 13:00 hours on February 22, 1945. A massive daylight offensive was targeting enemy transport and communication systems.

He opened the Hornet Moth door over the Channel... and refuelled it in mid-air!

For sheer audacity and bravery, this story of a daring World War II escape takes some beating.

De Havilland's half-plane, half-helicopter

Meet the Autogiro: built in secret and incorporating some seriously radical thinking for the early 1930s.

The de Havilland Hornet Moth

Enclosed cockpit, side-by-side seats and room for the golf clubs: enter the 1930s and de Havilland’s touring aircraft.

Operation Firedog: Last of the Hornets

A pictorial tribute to the last RAF piston-engined fighters in front line service

Which airlines still use the Boeing 767?

Boeing’s first widebody twinjet has been in service for more than 40 years – but how many airlines continue to use the aircraft for passenger services? Key.Aero finds out...

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Aircraft Report: T-1A Jayhawk

For almost 30 years, Raytheon’s T-1A Jayhawk has provided USAF student pilots with advanced flying training before they transition to the service’s airlift and tanker aircraft

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