Historic

Key.Aero leads the way in the field of aviation history and heritage. Enjoy an outstanding mix of restoration and warbird features, fascinating articles on aviation history produced by some of the best writers in the business and in-depth and entertaining reports on all historic aircraft. Broad coverage spans the earliest years of flight through to the Cold War, encompassing countless aircraft types and their aerial achievements, plus Key.Aero offers the very latest historical aviation news.

‘Brisfit’ tribute to Park

The first of four Bristol F2B Fighter replicas acquired from the USA by New Zealand-based Graham Orphan emerges from the JEM Aviation hangar

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Q&A December 2019

Are you seeking the answer to a thorny aviation question, or trying to trace an old aviation friend?

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The whole 9 yards

PILOT REPORT DH9 flight-testing

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“I am awaiting the final order”

DR RUDOLF STUMBERGER

Words from a kamikaze pilot who met his death in June 1945 are among the powerful, and sobering, exhibits in two museums dedicated to the Japanese suicide missions

DR RUDOLF STUMBERGER

Spitfire import for Biggin Hill

The former Irish Air Corps Supermarine Spitfire IXT TE308/IAC 163 is to be restored at Biggin Hill

RCAF Hurricane for Calgary

Hurricane XII RCAF 5389 rolls out for engine runs at Wetaskiwin, Alberta

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Ilyushin Il-18

Known to NATO as the ‘Coot’, the Il-18 gave Aeroflot its first practical four-turboprop airliner when it entered service on 20 April 1959 — and became known for its signature smoke trails

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Modern Times

For US carrier Modern Air, the unique West Berlin market offered a lucrative opening — and some special challenges

Hunter F1 moves to Montrose

Hawker Hunter F1 WT619 arrives at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

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Hangar Talk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s Light Aircraft Association